On this day in 2014, New Zealand’s star batsman Brendon McCullum smashed a memorable triple century for New Zealand against India, in Wellington.
After collapsing to 192 in the first innings, before having 400 plus piled on, it looked bleak for the hosts. Nearly 250 runs behind it would need a mammoth effort to overcome.
The pocket rocket of a batsman came to the crease with the score at 52-3 in the second innings, and the score soon plummeted to 94-5. It didn’t look too promising.
If I had told you at the time, that the next wicket would fall with the score on 465, you’d probably laugh.
After McCullum’s mammoth partnership with keeper BJ Watling which took the score over 450, nother mammoth stand followed with Jimmy Neesham, who struck a century, on debut.
A year ago today I was so lucky to witness one of the greatest moments in NZ cricket history on debut.Hell of a year! pic.twitter.com/4ueiCUfGo0
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) February 18, 2015
In scoring a triple century, McCullum not only passed the 299, set by Martin Crowe 23 years previously, but also became the first Kiwi to pass the 300 mark in Tests