McCullum on THAT super save

Kiwi speaks about his acrobatic fielding effort

Brendon McCullum says his spectacular fielding in the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 last month is indicative of the attitude he has adopted since he relinquished the wicketkeeping gloves late last year.

The Chennai Super Kings batsman produced an incredible diving stop in his side's win over South Africa's Dolphins in Bangalore, saving two runs as he launched himself backwards over the boundary rope.

The Black Caps captain gave up wicketkeeping due to issues with an ongoing back problem, but showed no signs of the injury with the acrobatic save.

And the Kiwi was more than happy to relive the moment in an interview with this week.

"Not bad for an old fella, aye?" McCullum said with a smile.

"I think because I had some good time off before I went to the Champions League, so that allowed the body to refresh a little bit.

"You do a lot of that stuff at training, but you never really anticipate it coming off.

"We probably didn’t really need it at the time, we were pretty safe in the game, but again, that’s reflective of the kind of attitude you’re trying to show.

"It was a bit of a fluke – there was a bit of luck involved.

"But the bowler appreciated it, and I think they appreciate the fact that some overseas players are prepared to bring that kind of commitment in the field as well."

McCullum was in Melbourne this week with his New Zealand teammates as they continued their preparations for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup with a tour of the MCG.

The Black Caps, who will co-host the tournament, are considered a dark horse to win the title, and McCullum says his commitment in the field for Chennai is the example he wants his countrymen to follow.

"I always try to pride myself on my attitude towards fielding," he said.

"My execution isn’t always there, but the attitude’s there, and that’s one of the things we talk about in this (Black Caps) group; you can’t control the outcome but you can control the attitude you bring to it.

"Hopefully that’s reflected in what I’m doing when I field."

McCullum was a key player for Chennai as they won the Champions League final on Sunday morning, their second CLT20 title in four years.

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The Kiwi opened the batting ahead of a host international stars in the Super Kings batting line-up, including India skipper MS Dhoni, South African batsman Faf du Plessis and West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo.

McCullum was full of praise for the annual tournament, and said the key to Chennai's success was the close bond he enjoyed with his teammates.

"It's a bloody good tournament," he said.

"It's hard for teams coming out of winter, the (Perth) Scorchers lost a few (to injury) which makes it tough, but I think the overall concept is great.

"It's a pretty gun team. Our batting line-up is phenomenal.

"The biggest challenge is trying not to go so hard at the start, because you’ve got so much strength behind you that you’ve still got to be respectful of the conditions.

"It's good fun to be part of that set-up, and there’s a really nice mix of international players and Indians as well.

"Everyone gets on every well, and not every IPL team is like that, so that’s one of the bonuses."