Colin Munro sets new T20 record, credits Brendon McCullum for his exploits

Colin Munro sets new T20 record, credits Brendon McCullum for his exploits

Colin Munro surpassed four batsmen to make the T20 world record.

Colin Munro reaching his record third T20I hundred in 47 balls | AFP

New Zealand opener Colin Munro, on Wednesday, made a stunning entry into the record books, as the swashbuckling batsman became the first batsman to hit three T20 International centuries, surpassing Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma and Brendon McCullum, who all have two T20I centuries.

Munro achieved the feat during the final T20I against the West Indies, smashing 104 from 53 balls to help New Zealand to clean sweep the three-match series by winning final game by 119 runs. He made his third T20I ton in just 47 balls at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui in New Zealand.  

The 30-year-old left-hander also adjusted Man of the Series for his dazzling show with the bat throughout the series. With the feat, Munro is not satisfied as he still believes that he needs to improve in the One-Day Internationals, though, the opener is looking forward to the five-match ODI series against Pakistan, starting with first ODI on January 6 in Wellington.

Munro, who is known for his typical belligerence with the bat, has credited the former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum for his form and his refined skills with the willow.

According to a report in ESPN Cricinfo, Colin Munro said, “I’ll keep using Brendon McCullum as my mentor, and the experience of Martin Guptill as well. Batting with him day-in, day-out. As long as I can stay in a clear frame of mind, I think I’ll be alright. He keeps telling me the same things as he did when I played under him – stand still, be aggressive, and just have some fun.”

He went to further added that he is currently enjoying his game and given freedom to go out there and express himself without any fear.

Munro concluded by saying, “I’m enjoying my cricket at the moment, being in this environment. We’re being given the freedom to go out there and express ourselves. I’ve got to take the good and the bad when I go out and play the way I do. I’m fortunate enough now that it’s going well, but it’s not always going to go well, so I’ve just got to ride this wave as long as I can.”

 


By Rashmi Nanda - 04 Jan, 2018

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