Brendon McCullum awarded the New Zealand sportsman of the year
Updated - Feb 11, 2015 5:00 pm
Brendon McCullum awarded the New Zealand sportsman of the year: Brendon McCullum the dynamic wicket-keeper batsman, who now has left his gloves behind captioning the team, has had a remarkable year. McCullum with the bat and on the field as their skipper has scripted this turn around for the Black Caps which makes them eligible to be termed one of the prominent teams to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. If you have had a successful year like that, all you want is to add cherry to it he has been declared as the New Zealand sportsman of the year.
During the year he scored 1164 runs at an average of 72.75 which account to be the most runs scored by a test batsman for the country in a calendar year. McCullum also finished as the fourth highest run-getter in the year overall. The 302 that he hit against touring India at Wellington also received highest votes for the best sporting moment of New Zealand in the year at the Halberg Awards.
The New Zealand sportsman of the year award made McCullum him the first cricketer since Martin Crowe won it in 1991. He has his team to thank as well for the wins that they have recorded five wins in nine test matches they played in 2014. Black Caps won the test and ODI series against India and then beat the West Indies. Though they could not surpass Pakistan, New Zealand drew the test series and won the ODI series in un-favoring conditions at the UAE.
All this collectively and the form and momentum the team has, along with the fact that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be co-hosted by New Zealand along with Australia gives them a real chance of grabbing the prized ICC trophy for the first time. For that they will need Brendon McCullum to strike and the others will revolve around his aura and the opposition will find themselves out of the game in no time.
Congratulations Baz, it was a very pleasing year for every cricket fan as well.