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Brendon McCullum

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
New Zealand, Canterbury, Glamorgan, South Island, Kolkata, Chennai, New South Wales, Otago, New Zealand Under-19, Sussex, Kochi, Brisbane Heat
Roles played:
Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | WicketKeeper
ICC Rank:
Batting:
13
Bowling:
0
Batting:
27
Bowling:
0
Batting:
4
Bowling:
0
Home country:
New Zealand
Born:
September 27, 1981, Dunedin, Otago

Profile

One of the best keepers for New Zealand and probably the most destructive hitters of the cricket ball in this century so far, Brendon McCullum is the most prolific cricketer that New Zealand has produced at the turn of the new millennium.

The stylish right-hander who debuted for Otago in 1999, played his first ODI in 2002 but struggled to get going in his first two years of international cricket. However, from 2004 onwards, a steady improvement in the batting charts not only saw him establish himself in ODIs but also inspired confidence in the selectors to give him a break in Test cricket. In his first Test against South Africa, McCullum went on to score 57 in the first innings. He scored his maiden Test hundred against Bangladesh in only his seventh Test and came up with a few more good knocks but as has been the general trend for wicket-keepers, continued to be wasted in the middle order.

McCullum's luck changed following the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, when Daniel Vettori took over the captaincy from Stephen Fleming. Vettori wasted no time in promoting McCullum to the top of the order and he returned his captain's favour with knocks of 81 and 96 against South Africa and Australia respectively. The inaugural season of the Indian T20 League was set alight with his breath-taking unbeaten 158, setting high standards for the remainder of the tournament. In 2009, he had notched up four consecutive fifties in T20Is, one each against West Indies and Australia and two against India.

An acrobatic keeper improving over time, McCullum gave up on his wicket-keeping in Tests to concentrate on batting but still remained sharp and safe in the outfield. In 2012, he was handed over the captaincy role, taking over from Ross Taylor after the latter had a fall-out with the team management. McCullum has faced a chronic back issue that has resurfaced from time to time. During West Indies' tour to New Zealand in 2013, McCullum decided to give up keeping to prolong his career as a batsman, being the senior-most member of the team and a very important batsman. In the Test series against India at home in 2014, Brendon McCullum notched up a triple century, becoming the first ever Kiwi to do so. Featuring in the Indian T20 league since its inception, Baz was signed up by Chennai in the 7th season, after representing his former club, Kolkata previously.


Fast Facts

  • Brendon McCullum went on to become the second player to score a century in all three formats of international cricket, after Chris Gayle.
  • 'Baz' emerged as the first New Zealand player to have affected more than 400 dismissals as a fielder (including wicketkeeper) in all formats of the game combined together.
  • McCullum comes from a family of cricketers: his father, Stuart McCullum is a former NZ domestic player, whereas Nathan also represents the national team along with Brendon.
  • He was the first player in the history of the Indian T20 League to score a century.
  • Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling hold the record for the all-time highest sixth-wicket stand in Tests, an epic marathon of 352 runs against India in 2014.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 84 145 5219 8 38.09 60.71 9 28 302
ODI 229 199 5172 28 30.24 90.80 4 26 166
T20 68 67 2044 10 35.85 135.81 2 13 123
IPL 48 48 1239 3 27.53 123.16 1 5 158*
CLT20 9 8 107 0 13.37 115.05 0 0 40
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 84 1 36 18 0 0/18 / - 3.00 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 183 11 1
ODI 246 15 7
T20 35 8 5
IPL 20 6 2
CLT20 3 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 14 3 4 0 7 21.43
ODI 31 15 14 1 1 48.39
T20 26 12 13 0 1 46.15
IPL 13 3 9 1 0 23.08
CLT20 3 1 1 1 0 33.33

Career

Span:
Test:
2004-2014
 
ODI:
2002-2014
 
T20:
2005-2014
 
IPL:
2008-2013
 
CLT20:
2009-2013
Test
Debut:
New Zealand Vs South Africa at Seddon Park, Hamilton - Mar 10, 2004
Last played:
New Zealand Vs India at Basin Reserve, Wellington - Feb 14, 2014
ODI
Debut:
New Zealand Vs Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Jan 17, 2002
Last played:
New Zealand Vs India at Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Jan 31, 2014
T20
Debut:
New Zealand Vs Australia at Eden Park, Auckland - Feb 17, 2005
Last played:
New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong - Mar 31, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Kolkata Vs Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Apr 18, 2008
Last played:
Kolkata Vs Chennai at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Apr 28, 2013
CLT20
Debut:
Otago Vs Cape Cobras at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Oct 10, 2009
Last played:
Otago Vs Rajasthan at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur - Oct 01, 2013
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