Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on Friday opened up on fallout with teammate Ross Taylor. Speaking in an interview on Sky Sports Podcast, the Kolkata Knight Riders cocah recalled that New Zealand’s Cricket determination to implement a public course of to elect New Zealand’s new captain after Daniel Vettori retired, during which Taylor pipped him to get the job, created tensions between the 2 cricketers.
“That’s exactly what it was, shocking. And it put some pressure on my friendship and relationship with Ross. I have a lot of development and under-age cricket with Ross. I was the captain of the U19 team and Taylor was my vice-captain. We’ve always got on really well,” the previous wicketkeeper-batsman stated.
“We had to go for an interview for the job. It was about presenting the map for the future of New Zealand cricket to a panel. I don’t really know what we were doing. If had my time, I would’ve said ‘No I’m not going to come and go through the process, you appoint Ross as captain and then we’ll see what unfolds from there’”, he added. “It’s a bad stain for New Zealand cricket and put pressure on Ross and me. Then it led me to eventually take over the captaincy from Ross.”
Ross was appointed the captain in 2011 however he didn’t get alongside nicely with the then coach, Mike Hesson. After a Test sequence in Sri Lanka, which resulted in a 1-1 draw, Taylor was eliminated as New Zealand’s captain, with McCullum getting the job. The former Kiwi star stated that Taylor was requested if he would like a cut up-captaincy choice with McCullum, however he had refused.
“I was asked if I wanted to take over the role of New Zealand captain in all three formats. So initially, I told them I would get back to them. I needed to think long and hard thought it. I knew it would be a major controversial decision. I knew it could have major ramifications on NZ Cricket, but also on my time as a player. I sat down with my wife, and said ‘you are the best equipped to do it, if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out, but you’re the best equipped to do it’. So I gave them a call, and said I would do it,” McCullum stated.
“Ross had turned down the Test captaincy role. I don’t know what happened the time. There was a lot of controversy. New Zealand Cricket has moved on from that time now,” he stated.
Speaking on his relations with Taylor now, McCullum added: “We are not best friends. I have immense amount of respect for him. He has lovely family, had a great career. He is at peace and content in his personal life. He has done really really well.”
On being questioned in regards to the Sri Lanka tour which led to the altering of the guard, McCullum stated: “We played game differently. It was also noticeable that there was a bit of a divide between how Ross would want to play the game, and how Mike Hesson would like to coach the game. They were not getting on that well. I was having a pretty average tour with the bat. I was trying to lend a support to the leadership role.”
McCullum was recognized to be in good phrases with coach Hesson and there have been lot of media studies surfacing on the time that the Kiwi keeper is attempting to remain near Hesson to try to foyer for the captaincy place. Addressing the identical, McCullum stated: “If you follow the reports, it was reported that I was lobbying to Mike for Ross’ position. I was very mindful of the fact that there is a process to go through. But I also knew that if this relation breaks down, then Mike may want me.”