They often say cometh the hour, cometh the man in sports; and this is exactly what happened as Brendon McCullum slammed his double-double against a listless India on Monday.
The New Zealand captain played the knock of his career to bail his team out of jail as he slammed 200, with this he emulated former Kiwi captain Stephen Fleming as the second New Zealander to score three double-centuries.
The home captain has interestingly made all three of his double tons against India - 225 in Hyderabad in 2010 followed by 224 in the first Test of this series in Auckland a week ago.
McCullum's record score puts him on an elite list with the likes of Don Bradman and Walter Hammond.
The list also has India's Vinod Kambli, South Africa's Graeme Smith, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara and Australia's Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke who have also scored double-double centuries.
India seems to be the 32-year-old batsman's favourite opposition and now his record score is a moment of pride for him.
McCullum has often been crictised for being a shorter format player due to his prowess at hitting fours and sixes at will, but the New Zealand captain's knock in the second Test match versus India silences all critics.
The knock not just saved New Zealand from defeat but also sets them up for an unbelievable win. From his stroke play to his footwork, Brendon McCullum has been immaculate and a treat to watch.
Here are some interesting Twitter reactions to Brendon McCullum's double 200 feat:
How longs Brendon McCullum been out there? Well let's just say he was clean shaved when he first headed out!
— Jason Gunn (@jasegunn) February 17, 2014
708 minutes of batting and Brendon McCullum owns the record for longest innings by a NZ batsman.
— Muneeb Ahmed Khan (@ICC_CricInfo) February 17, 2014
— Lee Stace (@LeeMichaelStace) February 17, 2014
What a feat by Brendon McCullum! Consecutive Test double-centuries, against one of the all-time great attac--- err, well, they all count!
— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) February 17, 2014
— Sarmad Ali Khan (@sarmadalikhan) February 17, 2014