How to Go Out

Cricket is a mystery to a lot of people but as the world’s second most popular sport, behind only football (the one where you actually use your feet), it’s not a mystery to a lot more.

In his final test match Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand Cricket captain, broke a thirty year old record for the fastest century.

It was a fitting ending to a career that fundamentally changed the way New Zealand relates to cricket and how the nation as a whole conducts itself in sports. For a sporting nation, that’s a huge deal.

The Black Caps may not be the All Blacks, but, thanks to McCullum, they don’t have to be any more. Today we got to see the purest distillation of a man who will go down as one of the greatest and most influential captains of all time.