Brendon McCullum showed the world what they will be missing as he blasted his way to the fastest Test century, getting 100 in just 54 balls. He broke a record jointly held by Sir Viv Richards and Misbah-ul-Haq in the second Test against Australia.
The right-handed batsman, who is playing his final international game, hit 16 fours and four sixes to score his 12th Test century, needing two balls lesser than the 56 taken by Viv Richards against England in 1986 and Misbah-ul-Haq, who got his century against Australia in 2014.
The Kiwi skipper rode his luck on a day when the gods were smiling on him, actually falling when on 39 to a brilliant Mitchell Marsh catch only for replays to show that James Pattinson had bowled a no-ball.
What made this knock even more exciting was that the 34-year-old came into the crease with his team tottering at 32 for 3 in the 20th over, with the opposition dominating with the ball. McCullum though counter-attacked with venom in what is his adopted home ground. In his other Test at Hagley Oval in 2014, he smashed a hapless Sri Lankan attack for a 134 ball 195.
The Kiwi skipper broke another record which went unnoticed amongst the carnage, breaking Adam Gilchrist's record of most number of sixes in Test history. McCullum now stands at 106 sixes as compared to Gilchrist's 100 sixes.
McCullum eventually got out after scoring 145 runs off just 79 balls in an innings that will go down as one of the greatest in New Zealand's cricketing history.