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Dilip Vengsarkar says Brendon McCullum 'nought' in bad company

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum's 100th Test suffered a mighty blow when he was dismissed for a duck by Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood in Wellington on Friday.

Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar

On the plus side, he's not the only skipper to suffer this ignominy. Mark Taylor, Allan Border (Australia), Stephen Fleming (New Zealand), Dilip Vengsarkar (India) and Alastair Cook (England) have endured this disappointment as well.

Vengsarkar was dismissed for a duck in his landmark Test at Mumbai when off-spinner and man-of-the-match John Bracewell bowled him in India's second innings.

"McCullum is not in a bad company," Vengsarkar said with a chuckle. On a more serious note, he said: "McCullum should treat this Test as any other game.

Brendon McCullum is dejected after being dismissed for a duck yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Brendon McCullum is dejected after being dismissed for a duck yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

A good-length delivery can dismiss any batsman, be it in his first Test, 50th Test or 100th Test. Yes, a batsman while playing in his landmark Test is bound to be under some pressure and that too, if he is playing in his country.

"I was under pressure too while leading India in Mumbai (against New Zealand in 1988). My family members were very disappointed and did not expect me to get a duck." India went on to lose that Mumbai Test by 136 runs.

Vengsarkar, who has the distinction of scoring three consecutive Test centuries at Lord's, said winning the match would provide McCullum some solace.

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