New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum failed to break the Bangladesh jinx yet another time yesterday as the typically brash and brutal batsman holed out to Soumya Sarkar off Shakib al Hasan on eight, his lowest score in this edition of the World Cup.
McCullum will surely entertain second thoughts of taking the stance in the crease next time as he has continuously failed to keep his repute against Bangladesh. He first played against Bangladesh back in 2003 and till date has played 21 ODIs against them. With his career average standing at 30.67, after playing 215 innings of 246 matches and scoring 5737 runs, the Kiwi skipper averages 19.47 against Bangladesh. He has scored 331 runs against the Tigers, including with the highest score of 80 not out.
After scoring 61 in Dhaka in October 2010, his second highest score against Bangladesh, McCullum has chipped in with scores of 0, 21, 4, 0, 14 and 8, a total of 47 runs in his last six innings. Only 47 runs in six ODIs for a top order batsman like McCullum, it definitely looks appalling. In the last six innings he has fallen prey to Shafiul Islam twice, Rubel Hossain twice and once each to Mominul Haque and Shakib.
Another notable point is among his 331 runs against Bangladesh, 216 has come in four matches with the scores of 40, 35, 80* and 61. That means he has scored 115 runs in the remaining 17 matches. At the end of his career, Bangladesh may well be a point of displeasure to McCullum.