The recently concluded IPL auction was full of surprises and the whole world saw how domestic talent toppled the big international stars to fetch one of the most expensive contracts.
The biggest surprise came when the name of former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum came up for bidding during IPL 2019 auction. The explosive batsman would have thought or expected at least one franchise to go for him but shockingly, he did not get any bid and remained unsold at the end of the day.
The batsman did not have a good run in the previous edition of the cash-rich league and that is probably the only reason behind him finding no buyers.
Expressing disappointment to the franchise’ snub and the former New Zealand skipper has hinted towards calling it quits soon.
While talking in an interview, McCullum shared, “That’s the way things go sometimes. I have been very lucky, I have had 11 seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and at some stage, you need to transition away from the playing stuff.”
He added, “All good things must come to an end, and I was very delighted to see some of the Kiwi boys got picked up. I am certainly not too worried about it; it’s the way the game goes sometimes. I certainly wish the other boys all the best and you never know, you just know what might unfold in the future.”
Brendon had retired from international cricket in 2016 but has continued to play in Twenty20 leagues around the world.
Brendon made a sparkling start to his IPL career as he smashed 158* right in the first game of the history of the cash-rich league to give this tournament a blistering start.
The 37-year-old, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) last season, amassed a total of 2,881 runs in 109 IPL matches at an average of 27.70.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar