Brendon McCullum

2010-10-13 20:12

Full name: Brendon Barrie McCullum

Born: September 27, 1981, Dunedin, Otago

Current age: 29 years

Major teams:
New Zealand, Canterbury, Glamorgan, Kolkata Knight Riders, New South Wales, Otago, Sussex

Playing role: wicketkeeper/batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper/Covers

Brash, brutal and brilliant to watch, Brendon McCullum can bruise bowling attacks like few other men in international cricket. McCullum, who until recently kept wicket for New Zealand in all forms, but is now only working the gloves in limited overs cricket, has been used as an opener in the shorter formats and lower down in Tests, but whenever he arrives at the crease it's impossible to look away. He muscles balls over both sides of the field, and is equally comfortable against short bowling as against length.

He has the amazing ability to play the 'ramp shot', which involves the batsmen squatting down and scooping deliveries back over the wicketkeeper's head. It was with this shot in the 20/20 on the 28th February 2010 against Australia that he managed to hit Shaun Tait for six back over Brad Haddin's head on numerous occasions.

McCullum's highlights include his 2007 World Cup record, where he smashed 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 March 16th (50 runs from 21 balls).

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. 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 by Englishman Graham Napier (16).

He is vastly experienced at international level, and Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori will look to McCullum to assist with tactical, team and on-field decision making.

His 172 ODIs have produced 3630 at a healthy average (for a wicketkeeper/batsman) of 29.27, and his strike rate of 88.38 indicates his ability to get fast starts.


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