|Full name||Brendon Barrie McCullum|
27 September 1981 |
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Bowling style||Right arm medium|
|Role||Middle-order batsman, New Zealand captain|
|Relations||NL McCullum (brother)
SJ McCullum (father)
|Test debut (cap 224)||10 March 2004 v South Africa|
|Last Test||14 February 2014 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 126)||17 January 2002 v Australia|
|Last ODI||31 January 2014 v India|
|ODI shirt no.||42|
|Domestic team information|
|2009||New South Wales|
|2008–2010; 2012–2013||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2011||Kochi Tuskers Kerala|
|2014||Chennai Super Kings|
|Source: ESPNcricinfo, 18 February 2014|
Brendon Barrie McCullum (born 27 September 1981) is a New Zealand international cricketer and is the current captain in all three forms of the international game. He plays for the Otago Volts at provincial level, he played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, having also spent one year with Kochi Tuskers Kerala. McCullum was a wicket-keeper until 2013, and is an aggressive batsman who opens in One-day Internationals and is known for his fast scoring rate. He currently plays for Chennai SuperKings in the IPL.
His brother Nathan McCullum is also a first-class and international cricketer, and their father Stuart McCullum was a long-serving first-class player for Otago. Both Brendon and Nathan attended King's High School, Dunedin.
McCullum is the leading career run scorer in Twenty20 International cricket and is the first and so far only player to have scored two Twenty20 International centuries and 2000 runs in T20 Internationals. He was the previous record holder for the highest individual score in a Twenty20 International (123 against Bangladesh in 2012) and highest individual score in all Twenty20 cricket (158 not out for the Kolkata Knight Riders against Bangalore Royal Challengers in 2008).
On 18 February 2014, McCullum scored 302 runs against India making him the first New Zealand cricketer to score a triple hundred in Test cricket.
England for the test series, he was involved in the State Shield Final versus Auckland Aces, in scoring 170 runs for the Otago Volts to help beat the Aces at Eden Park's outer oval, and helped to chased down a daunting total of 310 for 7, he broke multiple State Shield batting records.
- State Shield (One Day) (off 52 balls), including 14 fours and 5 sixes.
- When he got to 135, he scored the highest individual runs for an Otago Volts player.
- When he got to 162, he scored the highest score by any player in a domestic one-day match (Shell or State competitions) overtaking Blair Hartland's previous record.
- He went on to score 170 runs, including 19 fours and 7 sixes.
On 24 January 2009, he lined up for New South Wales in the final of Australia's KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. This was an exercise to allow him to be eligible to play for them in the Twenty20 Champions League. This sparked criticism however despite opinion States are permitted to have one overseas player in their squad. McCullum also donated his match fee from the game to Otago Junior Cricket.
On 16 January 2010 during the 2009-10 HRV Cup, vs Auckland Aces at University Oval, McCullum hit 108 not out off 67 deliveries, which included 10 fours and four sixes to lead Otago Volts to victory with three balls to spare. McCullum reached his 50 off 32 deliveries and his century off 65 deliveries.
In 2003 he played in a Test series against England and scored what was then his highest score, an innings of 96 at Lord's. His maiden Test century came several months later when he scored 143 against Bangladesh. He fell just short of his second Test hundred in a game against Sri Lanka when dismissed one short of his hundred. His second century would later come with a run a ball 111 against Zimbabwe.
On 20 February 2007, he scored 86 not out as New Zealand went on to be the first team to whitewash Australia in a 3 match ODI series since 1997. He struck a massive six off the first ball of the last over against Nathan Bracken to level the scores, before he finished it off with a boundary. In his matchwinning innings he partnered Craig McMillan to a world record equalling 6th wicket partnership of 165.
On 21 March 2007, he set a new World Cup record, by smashing 50 runs from just 20 balls against Canada in St Lucia. He finished his innings with 52 runs from 21 balls, including 10 fours and 5 sixes, with a strike rate of 247.61. The previous record had been set by Mark Boucher (South Africa) against The Netherlands on 16 March (50 runs from 21 balls).
On 14 December 2007 he scored 96 (103) against Australia. He was caught by Nathan Bracken off the bowling of Brad Hogg after 35.3 overs.
On 31 December 2007 he scored 50 from just 19 balls against Bangladesh. He finished his innings with 80 runs from only 28 balls, including 9 fours and 6 sixes with a strike rate of 285.71 resulting in a 10 wicket win: chasing 93 from 50 overs and achieving it making 95 from only 6 overs.
On 12 February 2008 he scored 50 from 27 balls against England. He finished his innings with 80 runs from only 47 balls, including 8 fours and 5 sixes with a strike rate of 170.21 resulting in a 10 wicket win and giving New Zealand a 2 nil lead in the 5 match series.
On 18 April 2008, he claimed the record for highest individual score in a Twenty20 innings, scoring 158* from only 73 balls, which included 13 sixes and 10 fours in boundaries, for the Kolkata Knight Riders against Bangalore Royal Challengers in the first game of the Indian Premier League helping them get a much deserved 140 run victory. This eclipsed the previous record mark of 141, held by Australian Cameron White, McCullum faced an over White bowled in that match and smashed him for 24, it was White's only over in that match. In the same match he also claimed the record for most sixes (13) in a Twenty20 innings, the most sixes in an individual Twenty20 innings has since been surpassed(16) by Englishman Graham Napier. This record was eventually broken by Chris Gayle when he piled on 175 runs in IPL 2013.He was bought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011 IPL auctions.He returned to KKR in 2012.In the 2014 IPL auctions,He was bought by Chennai Super Kings.He was given the role of opening the innings along with West Indian Dwayne Smith and the pair was considered as the most dangerous opening pair in the league's history.
On 1 July 2008, he scored his maiden ODI century, eventually getting dismissed for 166 against Ireland. He shared in a 266 run opening stand with James Marshall, which is the highest ODI partnership for any wicket in Black Caps history and the second highest opening partnership in all ODIs.
On 5 April 2009, on day three of the third Test match during India's tour of New Zealand, he displayed an amazing level of alertness in the dismissal of Rahul Dravid. Dravid attempted a sweep shot off Daniel Vettori's bowling, but McCullum saw what Dravid was up to before the ball had even pitched and moved swiftly to his left (Dravid's leg side). Ross Taylor at first slip did the same. The ball came nicely off Dravid's bat, but flew straight into the hands of a waiting Brendon McCullum. A couple of balls earlier, McCullum tried the same thing, but he had been a little slow and Dravid's sweep was kept low. Although there has been some discussion regarding the legality of McCullum's movement before the ball had even pitched, the laws of cricket indicate he was well within his right to do so.
On 6 November 2009, vs Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, McCullum scored his second ODI century (131, 129 balls, 14 4's, 3 6's) to elevate New Zealand to 303 and win the match to level the series.
On 16 February 2010, during the only Test match against Bangladesh, he scored 185, the highest score ever by a New Zealand wicket-keeper in Test cricket. He was also involved in the record highest sixth-wicket partnership for New Zealand of 339 runs with Martin Guptill, missing out on the world record by just 12 runs.
On 27 February 2010, becomes just the second player to score a T20I hundred, finishing 116 not out, one run short of Chris Gayle's record of 117.
On 4 May 2010 McCullum became the first player to score 1000 T20 international runs. He achieved this feat playing against Zimbabwe in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 at Guyana On 28 June 2010, Brendon McCullum said he will not keep wicket for New Zealand in Test matches. He, however informed that he will still keep in 50-overs & T20 over games. This meant that McCullum would have to cement his place in the test team as a batsman. He did a fine job in his first innings since handing over the Wicket-keeping duties he scored 65 runs and was engaged in a 104 run partnership with Ross Taylor he was promoted to the position of opener in tests rather than his usual number 5 position. McCullum did however have experience of opening the innings because he opens for New Zealand in limited-overs cricket 
On 21 September 2012 at the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka, McCullum scored 123 runs against Bangladesh at Pallekele, setting a new record for the highest Twenty20 International innings, and becoming the first player to score two Twenty20 International centuries. This record was broken by Aaron Finch on the 29th of August against England, when he scored 156. However McCullum still remains the only player to have scored two Twenty20 International centuries.
Between 16 and 18 February 2014 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, McCullum scored 302 runs in the third innings of the second test against India, becoming the first New Zealand batsman to score a triple-century. He shared a 352 run partnership with BJ Watling, a record sixth wicket stand, rescuing New Zealand from a likely inning defeat. McCullum closed the innings at 680/8d, both the highest ever innings by New Zealand, and the highest ever third innings in Test cricket history.
McCullum originally played in the side as a wicketkeeper-batsman. His glovework improved during his tenure as the New Zealand wicketkeeper. His batting is good enough to earn him selection for the Black Caps alone, shown by the occasions on which he has been unable to keep but has still been selected as a batsman. He opens the batting for New Zealand in ODIs with steadily improving success. He is an aggressive batsman who is particularly strong over extra cover, often lofting the ball into the stands. In 2010 McCullum hung up the gloves In Test cricket due to continued body strain and became a specialist batsmen in Test cricket, opening the innings in his first match as a specialist batsmen against India in Ahmedabad. He was described as a player "especially suited to Twenty20 cricket" when he signed for a five-week stint at Glamorgan in June 2006. The stint included the entire domestic 2006 Twenty20 Cup. He was signed up by the Kolkata Knight Riders of the IPL for $700,000. His contract with the IPL is for three years.
He has the ability to play the Dilscoop, which involves the batsman squatting down and scooping deliveries back over the wicketkeeper's head. Playing this shot in a Twenty20 International match on 28 February 2010, against Australia, he managed to hit Shaun Tait for two sixes in an over back over Brad Haddin's head and can also execute reverse sweep well.
During the Twenty20 World Championship in 2009, the wicketkeeping duties was given to Peter McGlashan. He was seen practicing his medium bowling.
McCullum had to decide whether to play for New South Wales, KKR, or Otago in the 1st edition of the Champions League. Since KKR did not qualify, he had only to consider playing for either New South Wales or Otago; eventually he had decided to play for Otago alongside brother Nathan McCullum.
In 2012, BJ Watling became McCullum's replacement as wicketkeeper in Tests, but due to Luke Ronchi's struggles in ODI's, McCullum still remained as wicketkeeper in ODIs and T20s. But by late 2013, McCullum's recurring back problems meant he can no longer perform wicketkeeping duties effectively, he gave up his gloves to Ronchi in ODIs and T20s, and McCullum became a middle order batsman, while his fielding position becomes predominantly mid-on or mid-wicket.
List of centuries
|Brendon McCullum's Test centuries|
|1||143||7||Bangladesh||Dhaka, Bangladesh||Bangabandhu National Stadium||2004||Won|
|2||111||16||Zimbabwe||Harare, Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club||2005||Won|
|3||115||43||India||Napier, New Zealand||McLean Park||2009||Drawn|
|4||185||50||Bangladesh||Hamilton, New Zealand||Seddon Park||2010||Won|
|5||104||51||Australia||Wellington, New Zealand||Basin Reserve||2010||Lost|
|6||225||54||India||Hyderabad, India||Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium||2010||Drawn|
|7||113||80||West Indies||Dunedin, New Zealand||University Oval, Dunedin||2013||Drawn|
|8||224||83||India||Auckland, New Zealand||Eden Park||2014||Won|
|9||302||84||India||Wellington, New Zealand||Basin Reserve||2014||Drawn|
One Day International centuries
|Brendon McCullum's One Day International centuries|
|1||166||134||Ireland||Aberdeen, Scotland||Mannofield Park||2008||Won|
|2||131||162||Pakistan||Abu Dhabi, UAE||Sheikh Zayed Stadium||2009||Won|
|3||101||188||Canada||Mumbai, India||Wankhede Stadium||2011||Won|
|4||119||198||Zimbabwe||Napier, New Zealand||McLean Park||2012||Won|
|Brendon McCullum's Twenty20 centuries|
|1||158*||73||Kolkata Knight Riders||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Bangalore||2008||Won|
|2||108*||67||Otago Volts||Auckland Aces||Dunedin||2010||Won|
|4||103*||54||Otago Volts||Northern Knights||Hamilton||2012||Won|
- In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
- The column title Match refers to the match number of his career.
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- Law 40 (The wicket-keeper) – Laws – Laws of Cricket – Laws & Spirit – Lord's
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- McCullum commits to Otago for Champions League, from Cricinfo, published 21 August 2009
- = Great Fielding By Brendon McCullum vs. India (2014) =
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- Brendon McCullum at New Zealand Cricket Players Association
|Kolkata Knight Riders Captain