Tuesday 18 February 2014 

Video - McCullum Reflects On Historic Triple

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum reflects on his triple-century, calling it a significant achievement after helping his side draw the second and final Test with India in Wellington.

He scored 302, facing 559 balls in all as he guided New Zealand to an insurmountable position and a 1-0 series win.

The first New Zealander to hit a triple-century (Martin Crowe famously made 299 in 1991), McCullum said he was nervous as play got underway.

"It wasn't too bad until I saw the size of the crowd and then after every ball that I got a lift or got a single they'd start cheering and that made me a little more nervous to be honest," he admitted.

"The moment that 300 came up and the applause which was ongoing for quite a while it really hit home to me I guess that it was such a significant achievement for a New Zealander, and It's something I will certainly remember for the rest of my life."

By reaching 200, he had joined Crowe and Stephen Fleming as the only New Zealanders to score more than one double-century in Test cricket, but he now stands above those two men with the highest individual innings.

This is something that makes him feel a little embarrassed, however.

"I saw him (Crowe) this morning on the breakfast show and he was discussing how significant it would be and he said it was one of the things which made me realize how big of a moment it was," he said.

"I spoke to Stephen Fleming last night and he sort of said the same thing and those were the two guys who obviously sat at one and two on the tables.

"I felt a little bit embarrassed because I'm not anywhere near the calibre of players those two in particular are, but I think in terms of New Zealand cricket and in moving forward for this team we've finally broken that barrier of 300 and hopefully some of these other guys in years to come will continue to break that barrier," he added.

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