New Zealand Current Affairs - 2019
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Indian Formula Car driver and Sahara Force India Academy racer, Jehan Daruvala has won the 2016 Lady Wigram Trophy in New Zealand.
It was Daruvala’s maiden victory in Formula car race since he had switched from karting in 2015. Earlier he had won Rookie of the Year title at the Renault 2.0 NEC series championships held in the Netherlands in August 2015,.
About Lady Wigram Trophy
- Lady Wigram Trophy is New Zealand’s most prestigious race event held annually. The trophy formerly awarded to the winner of the Wigram Airfield race.
- It is part of the Tasman Series and classes like Formula 5000, Formula Holden, Formula Three and Formula Pacific.
New Zealand cricket team captain Brendon McCullum has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket viz., tests, ODIs and twenty20.
He will retire after playing the two home test series against Australia in February 2016. Presently, he is New Zealand’s captain in all three forms of the international cricket and also batsman and wicket-keeper.
About Brendon McCullum
- Brendon McCullum was born on 27 September 1981 in Otago. He hails from a cricketing family as his father Stuart McCullum had played first-class cricket for Otago and his brother Nathan McCullum had represented New Zealand.
- ODI Career: His debut was in 2001 against Australia at Sydney at age of 20. He had scored 5909 runs from 254 matches. This score include 5 centauries and 31 half-centauries. He had taken 258 catches and did 15 stumpings as a wicketkeeper.
- Test Career: His test debut was in 2003 against South Africa. Overall he has played 99 tests so far and scored 6273 runs.
- He has scored 11 centuries and 31 half-centuries at an average of 38.48. He is only New Zealand batsman to score only triple century. He had taken 194 catches and made 11 stumpings.
- T20 Internationals Career: He is the first and only player to score two Twenty20 International centuries so far and overall 2000 runs.
- Indian Premier League career: He had played for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise till 2014 and was picked up by Rajkot for 2016 and 2017 editions.
- Captaincy: He had successfully led the New Zealand team in its first ever ICC Cricket World cup final in 2015 against Australia.
- Awards and Honours: He was conferred with the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for year 2014-15.