IPL 2018: Brendon Mccullum brings captaincy skills to RCB squad
The Kiwi legend's partnership with Virat Kohli will be instrumental in RCB's chances in the IPL
Published - Apr 13, 2018 1:54 pm | Updated - Apr 13, 2018 1:54 pm
The Royal Challengers Bangalore squad is a star-studded one. It is filled with players who are capable of taking charge of the match single-handedly. Players like Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Brendon Mccullum and Quinton De Kock give a positive look to the RCB setup and they look very strong on paper. A couple of good bowling options have added a more balanced look to the setup that has been missing for the past few years.
We all know that Brendon Mccullum is an explosive batsman. But apart from that, the leadership qualities that he brings to the side in unparalleled. The former Kiwi skipper has played T20 cricket all over the world and has been a part of different cultures. Thus, he is used to playing with different cricketers and assisting them in the best possible manner. RCB is his fifth IPL franchise and he is inclined towards assisting Virat Kohli in taking the team forward.
“I guess when you’re 36 and you’ve played around a little bit, you’ve got a few experiences that you can try and assist your captain with,” McCullum was quoted as saying by sportzwiki.com. RCB have invested heavily in the Kiwi opener and left out Chris Gayle, who had a quiet season last year. The team’s fortunes are heavily reliant on him and he is expected to deliver results in big games.
“Virat and I, our relationship is very good as well. He’s open to some of the things I come up with. The first thing we did is I spoke to him when I arrived. I said I’ll throw a whole lot of ideas at you. You don’t feel like you’ve to use any of them. But I hope he feels confident that he knows that myself and AB and Quinton as well, who is a very astute thinker of the game, we’ll give him ideas and his prerogative is to be able to use the ones he wants to and make the decisions. It’s a tough job, to make the final decision. But I think it’ll work well.” he added.
Mccullum left international cricket in 2016 and has since been a part of various T20 franchises around the world. “If you can build friendships that can last a long time, a lot longer than your cricket career, then you walk away from the game really happy,” he added. He loves to gel up in different cultures and offer his services everywhere.