Brendon McCullum hints at impending retirement while reacting to IPL auction snub


McCullum has played over 100 IPL games across 11 seasons so far, but things took a sad turn when the veteran went unsold in the player auctions for IPL 2019.

Brendon McCullum

The Indian Premier League, back when it was a tiny baby at just a few hours old, could not have asked for a better opening, when Kiwi batsman Brendon McCullum set the ground on fire with a blazing 158* against Royal Challengers Bangalore for the Kolkata Knight Riders, in the very first game of the League.

McCullum’s career graph definitely moved upwards since then, but of late his life has turned a full circle, as the now-veteran cricketer did not find a bidder at the IPL auction in Jaipur on Tuesday.

While speaking to Radio Sport, McCullum hinted that he might retire from the game in the near future.

“That’s the way things go sometimes. I’ve been very lucky, I’ve had 11 seasons in the IPL and at some stage you need to transition away from the playing stuff,” said McCullum.

The former New Zealand captain, who retired from international cricket in 2016, said that all good things must come to an end.

“All good things must come to an end, and I was very delighted to see some of the Kiwi boys got picked up. I’m certainly not too worried about it; it’s the way the game goes sometimes. I certainly wish the other boys all the best and you never know, you just never know what might unfold in the future,” said McCullum.

The 37-year-old, who played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, had scored 2,881 runs in 109 IPL matches across 11 seasons, and has an average of 27.70 and a strike-rate of 131.75. He is also one of the few batsmen to cross the 125-sixes mark in the world’s most popular cricket league.


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