Brendon McCullum completes 5000 runs in T20 cricket
Zee Media Bureau/ Rajdeep Saha
New Delhi: New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum on Friday became only the fourth cricketer to register 5000 runs in T20 cricket. McCullum, who was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for the seventh edition of Indian Premier League, completed the milestone against Kings XI Punjab.
The former Kolkata Knight Riders batsman hit a breezy 67 off just 45 deliveries. He hit four boundaries and five sixes. Australia bowling spearhead Mitchell Johnson was plundered by McCullum, who earlier was dropped by KXIP skipper George Bailey off Parvinder Awana in the fifth over. McCullum was caught at deep mid-wicket by George Bailey off youngster Akshar Patel's bowling in the 13th over of the innings.
McCullum joined the list of some of the most swashbuckling batsmen, who have scored more than 5000 runs in T20 cricket. West Indies powerhouse Chris Gayle leads the tally with with 5992 runs. Australian duo Brad Hodge and David Hussey have 5984 and 5503 runs respectively. McCullum also leads the tally in T20 internationals with 2044 runs in 68 matches.
Seven years ago, on this day McCullum had scored 158* against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of IPL's debut season.