Brendon McCullum is not in a bad company, says Dilip Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar

MUMBAI: New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, while playing his 100th Test match was dismissed for a duck (c. Warner b. Hazzlwood) against Australia at Basin Reserve on Friday.

He, however, is not the only “unlucky” skipper. The list includes, Mark Taylor and Alan Border (Australia), Stephen Fleming (New Zealand), Dilip Vengsarkar (India), and Cook (England).

“McCullum is not in a bad company”, Dilip Vengsarkar, speaking exclusveily, said on Friday.

“But I don’t think he has to worry as it was his 100th Test match. He should take this test as any other match”.

“A good length ball can take batsman’s wicket in any Test, be it his first Test, 50th Test or 100th Test. Yes, the batsman while playing his landmark Test is bound to be under some pressure and that too, if he is playing on his home country”, Vengsarkar added.

“I was under pressure while leading the team in Mumbai (against New Zealand in 1988). My family members were very disappointed and didn’t expect zero in my 100th Test match”.

India had lost the Test by 136 runs.

“If the failing captain in his 100th Test wins the match, there is bound to be some consolation”, he signed off.

New Zealand is not on a strong position with Australia trail by 36 runs with six wickets remaining in the first innings.

But there is always a second innings in the Test and who knows McCullum scores how many in that innings.


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