Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman, has won the prize for the Best Twenty20 Performance at the ICC Awards ceremony in Bangalore. McCullum's unbeaten 116 against Australia in Christchurch in February this year was singled out as the greatest among the five nominations.
McCullum's 56-ball innings, laced with 12 fours and eight sixes, beat competition from Australia's Michael Hussey for his 60 not out off 24 balls against Pakistan in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20, South Africa's Ryan McLaren for his 5 for 19 against West Indies, and Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene for his two performances at the ICC World Twenty20 - 100 off 64 balls against Zimbabwe and 98 not out off 56 balls against West Indies.
McCullum, who is in Bangladesh with the rest of the New Zealand squad for the Test and ODI series there, was delighted with the award. "That score is my highest in a Twenty20 International and on the day everything just seemed to go right for me."
The award rounded off a good year of Twenty20 International cricket for McCullum, who scored 411 runs in 14 matches at an average of 37.36 during the voting period, which ran from August 24, 2009 to August 10, 2010.