Brendon McCullum

Brendon Barrie McCullum ONZM (born 27 September 1981) is a New Zealand cricket coach, commentator and former cricketer, who played all formats, and also a former captain in all forms.[1] McCullum took quick scoring to Test matches as well, notably recording the fastest test century of all time. He is considered one of the most successful batsmen and captains of New Zealand cricket. He retired from all forms of cricket in August 2019.[2]

Brendon McCullum
McCullum in 2015
Personal information
Full nameBrendon Barrie McCullum
Born (1981-09-27) 27 September 1981 (age 39)
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleOpening batsman, wicket-keeper
RelationsNathan McCullum (brother)
Stuart McCullum (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 224)10 March 2004 v South Africa
Last Test20 February 2016 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 126)17 January 2002 v Australia
Last ODI8 February 2016 v Australia
ODI shirt no.42
T20I debut17 February 2005 v Australia
Last T20I23 June 2015 v England
Domestic team information
1999–2003 2007–2015Otago
2009New South Wales
2008–2010 2012–2013Kolkata Knight Riders
2011Kochi Tuskers Kerala
2011–2019Brisbane Heat
2014–2015Chennai Super Kings
2016–2017Gujarat Lions
2016–2018Trinbago Knight Riders
2017–2018Lahore Qalandars
2017Rangpur Riders
2018Royal Challengers Bangalore
2018Kandahar Knights
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 101 260 71 150
Runs scored 6,453 6,083 2,140 9,210
Batting average 38.64 30.41 35.66 37.13
100s/50s 12/31 5/32 2/13 17/46
Top score 302 166 123 302
Balls bowled 175 259
Wickets 1 1
Bowling average 88.00 140.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/1 1/1
Catches/stumpings 198/11 262/15 36/8 308/19
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 9 May 2018

McCullum is the former leading run scorer in Twenty20 International cricket and is the first and so far only one of the two Kiwi players to have scored two Twenty20 International centuries and 2000 runs in T20 Internationals (apart from Martin Guptill).[3][4][5] He became the first New Zealander to score a triple hundred in a Test, 302 runs against India on 18 February 2014.[6] In 2014, he also became the first New Zealander to score 1000 test runs in a calendar year (1164). The record was bettered by Kane Williamson with 1172 runs in 2015. In his last Test outing on 20 February 2016, McCullum posted the fastest ever Test century, in 54 balls, beating the 56-ball record held by his hero, Vivian Richards, scoring a total of 145 off 79 balls.[7][8][9]

McCullum was the first batsman to score 2 tons in T20I. He was the previous record holder for the highest individual score in a Twenty20 International (123 against Bangladesh in 2012) and third highest individual score in all Twenty20 cricket (158 not out for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008) which was later surpassed by Aaron Finch (173 against the Zimbabwe for Australian team and Chris Gayle (175 against the Pune Warriors India) for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013 edition of IPL.[10][11] He played for the Kolkata Knight Riders from 2008 to 2010 and again from 2012 to 2013, while in between he played for the Kochi Tuskers Kerala. He played the 2014 and 2015 seasons for the Chennai Super Kings. McCullum was a wicket-keeper until 2013.

On 22 December 2015, McCullum announced he would retire from international cricket at the end of the southern summer, joining his brother who had earlier that year announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He is also the highest (170) runs scorer by the captain in his farewell test and first captain to score a century in his farewell test.[12][13] He retired from all international cricket on 24 February 2016.

Both McCullum and his brother Nathan McCullum played domestically for Otago at provincial level. Their father Stuart McCullum also played for the side at first-class level. Brendon McCullum also played for franchise sides in a wide range of Twenty20 competitions around the world.