Brendon McCullum is regarded as the best New Zealand cricketer so far.
Brendon McCullum is among those cricketers known for keeping up with on-field integrity of the game. In times when ICC had to come up with stricter actions for breaking codes of conduct, McCullum is an icon of grade and class in a cricketer. The 36 years old New Zealander earned many nicknames in his long cricket career including Mr. Fantastic and Game Changer apart from those called by his teammates. He is also known as Bash Brothers together with Chris Lynn. The 5 feet 7-inch tall Right-handed batsman played as the opener of team New Zealand. He retired from all forms of international cricket on 24 February 2016. However, the batsman is still active in all T20 league cricket tournaments across the globe.
Lately, McCullum’s duel with Chris Gayle in T20 League cricket is catching fire. In the recent CPL match, the New Zealand player knocked a half century for Trinbago Knight Riders as the winning striker. In the ongoing tournament, McCullum overthrew Chris Gayle as the highest scorer of Fours in T20 cricket. Chris Gayle, the ‘Universe Boss’, knocked 875 fours in 340 matches, while McCullum created a new record by striking 879 fours in 341 T20 matches. The latter is still with his legacy being the best in T20 now, while remaining as one of the greatest in limited overs before.
Many cricket critics says McCullum should have retired after World Cup 2019.
The New Zealand batsman is one of the strongest proponents of T20 format who developed clear skepticisms on Test cricket. Observing his form and striking ability, several critics in the fraternity commented that he should have been in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. In fact, many cricketers including India’s MS Dhoni are of same age as him and are hoping to knock in the big tournament.
Born as Brendon Barrie McCullum, he is the son of Stuart McCullum. He was born on Otago of New Zealand on September 27, 1981. His father was a long-time first-class player for Otago. Nathan McCullum, Brendon’s brother is also an international cricketer. Both went to King’s High School at Dunedin where they were introduced to cricket at an early age. He married Ellissa McCullum in 2003. They are parenting two kids now; Riley McCullum, his son and a daughter named Maya McCullum.
McCullum debuted ODI in January 2002 against Australia. He was also the crucial player in New Zealand’s maiden series whitewash to Australia since 1997. It was in the February series of 2007, when he remained not out scoring 86 runs in the series. The batsman played his last ODI match against the same team on February 2016. In the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, which New Zealand won by 2-1.
McCullum has impressive Test records, but he is skeptic against the format.
McCullum debuted Test in 2004 against England, where he scored 96 as the highest in an inning. Latter in the year, he nicked the maiden Test ton of 143 against Bangladesh. In July 2005, McCullum was selected in the ICC World XI squad that played the Super Series of the season. In a 2014 Test match against India, the player scored a triple-century becoming the first India to do so. The partnership of 352 runs with BJ Watling was a record six wicket stand. The inning ended as the highest innings score ever in Test history of New Zealand.
His last Test match was against Australia on 22 February 2016. On his retirement, the player said that it was his right time to quite international cricket. He knocked the highest Test score, 170, as a captain in a farewell Test. He is also the first captain to score a century in a farewell match. His years of captainship were the bests as he bought a standard culture in the team.
McCullum played as the wicket-keeper batsman in his early career. His batting skills made him the opener for team New Zealand and their performance began to hit the successful mark. In 2010, he put away the gloves due to strain issues and became a specialist batsman. Although with an impressive Test and ODI record, he is described as a player “especially suited to T20 cricket”.
McCullum is now active in almost all T20 League Tournaments across the globe.
In 71 T20 Internationals, he knocked 2140 runs at an average of 35.66. He is one of the leading run scorers in the format and the first to knock two T20 100s. He is also the first player to reach the 2000 runs mark in T20I and the only player with Martin Guptill with the score. He is now among the top league T20 player being associated with all tournaments like Big Bash League, Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League and also those from Bangladesh and Pakistan. McCullum is considered as the most successful batsman and captain of New Zealand so far.
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