Auckland: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum who had guided the Kiwis to their maiden world cup final, has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee medal, the country’s highest cricketing honour, for his inspirational leadership and exemplary batting at a glittering ceremony.
Although New Zealand lost to Australia by seven wickets infront of 93 thousand people at MCG, his power packed batting and onfield aggression was hailed by the entire cricketing world.
With 328 runs in nine matches at a strike rate of 188.50, McCullum led by example to be named captain of the ICC’s team of the tournament.
McCullum won the top award ahead of Kane Williamson, who claimed the Redpath Cup for first-class batting, and Trent Boult, who was the winner of the Winsor Cup for bowling.Williamson had a season to savour in 2014-15 and was recognised in winning the Twenty20 International Player of the Year, the ODI Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year.
Brendon McCullum will wear the Chennai Super Kings’ jersey in IPL 8 which will start from April 8.