1) Brendon McCullum (New Zealand):
The most heartbreaking retirement of 2016 was that of the Kiwi legend, an absolute entertainer and a gentleman par excellence, Brendon McCullum. McCullum was the first ever cricketer from New Zealand to score a triple century in Tests and in his final Test, he broke the fastest century record which was previously held by Sir Vivian Richards.
McCullum will not only be remembered as one of the most devastating batsman of all time, but also as a man who led New Zealand resurgence. Many often say that for the first time since 1992, New Zealand entered a World Cup (2015) as a serious contender and it was McCullum who showed the way for them. He led his side to the finals, but lost to Australia.
His statistics don’t really determine what he was, but his strike rate does. He had the ability to dance down the wicket to a ball bowled at 145 km/h and hit that for a six, this is something many cricketers have tried but only a natural talent like that of McCullum can pull off such things. McCullum has left a huge void not just in New Zealand cricket, but also in world cricket.