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Brendon McCullum made New Zealand cricketing history as he became the first ever Kiwi to secure a treble century in their drawn second Test against India on Tuesday.
The veteran Black Cap drew in a full house at the Basin Reserve in Wellington after he finished the fourth day of play on 281 not out on Monday.
With just 19 runs to go before the landmark total, India nearly spoiled the party when a ball from Ishant Sharma was edged towards MS Dhoni, for the ball to just drop short of the tourists’ skipper.
McCullum did reach 300 in style as he hit a four off Zaheer Khan before lifting his bat aloft to the raptures of the New Zealand fans.
In what was a remarkable innings which lasted a total of 12 hours and 54 minutes, McCullum was finally dismissed on 302 when he was edged through to Dhoni.
New Zealand finished on a total of 680-8 and when India were reduced to 54-3 at one stage it looked like the Kiwis could actually go on and pull off what would have been the most unlikely of victories after their first innings total of 192.
However, a resilient batting performance from Virat Kohli, who hit an unbeaten 105 to help the tourists to 166-3, was enough to help India see out the draw in the second Test, in a match that will live long in the memory of New Zealand fans for McCullum’s ground-breaking display for the Kiwis.