Brendon McCullum is the best wicket-keeper batsman to ever play for New Zealand. His aggressive approach irrespective of format makes him different from others. In his 14 years of international career, McCullum has accumulated more than 14000 runs across all formats. He was quite good behind the wickets too, grabbing everyone’s attention by taking stunners over the years. Skyblogs has listed a few interesting facts about the kiwi star, Brendon McCullum which will surprise you.
Interesting Facts About Brendon McCullum
- Brendon Barrie McCullum was born on 27th September 1981 in Dunedin, Otago.
- His father Stuart McCullum played first-class cricket for Otago. Nathan McCullum, who is Brendon’s has also represented New Zealand in international cricket.
- Brendon’s nickname is Baz.
- McCullum began his professional career for Otago U-17s in 1996, he got out for a duck in both innings.
- The 5ft 7-inch wicket-keeper batsman represented New Zealand in the 2000 U-19 World Cup. James Franklin and Nathan McCullum were also a part of that team.
- Once in a youth test match against South Africa U-19, Brendon McCullum scored 186 runs, which is the most by any Kiwi in a U-19 test match.
- The aggressive batsman has represented two sides in the New Zealand domestic cricket Otago (1999-2003, and 2007-15) & Canterbury (2003-06).
- He made his first appearance in international cricket in 2002 in an ODI match against Australia. McCullum ended his ODI career with 6083 runs, averaging 30.41 in 260 ODIs.
- For the super series against Australia, ICC selected two players from New Zealand in the World Xi squad in 2005. McCullum was one of them, another player was Daniel Vettori.
- The ace batsman owns the record of smashing the fastest 50 in World Cup history, in just 20 balls against Canada in 2007 at Lucia.
- The quickest List A century in the New Zealand domestic arena is hit by none other than Brendon McCullum. He scored the ton in just 52 balls against Auckland. McCullum made 170 runs in total in that innings while chasing a target of 311 runs.
- McCullum is involved in New Zealand’s highest partnership for the 1st wicket. He stitched a 274 runs partnership with James Marshall against Ireland in 2008.
- Brendon McCullum played his maiden test against South Africa in 2004. It’s astonishing that he scored runs at a better average in tests than ODIs, amassing 6453 runs at a decent average of 38.64.
- McCullum’s highest score was against India, he made 302 runs off 559 balls in Wellington. He is the first Kiwi batsman to score a triple century.
- The year 2014 was McCullum’s year. He accumulated the most runs for New Zealand in the test, 1164 runs in 9 matches, including two 200s and one triple century.
- In the last test match of his career, Brendon McCullum recorded the fastest ever test hundred at Hagley Oval in 2016, in just 54 balls.
- In 2010, McCullum became the first player to register 1000 runs in T20Is.
- The Otago-born player is the 2nd batsman to hit a ton in T20I. McCullum smacked 116 off just 56 balls.
- In 2008, KKR bought Brendon McCullum for a massive $700000. He is the first centurion of the IPL, smashing 158* in 73 deliveries.
- Every player goes to England to play County Cricket once in a lifetime. McCullum has represented four clubs in County- Glamorgan (2006), Sussex (2010), Warwickshire (2015) & Middlesex (2016).
- Brendon Mccullum has affected 453 dismissals in international cricket (419 catches & 34 stumpings).
- In 2019, McCullum took charge as the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders and Trinbago Knight Riders.
- McCullum sold his house for over $3 million in 2014, which is in Christchurch.
- The Kiwi legend got married to Ellissa in 2003.
- McCullum’s jersey number was 42.
- His estimated net worth is $6 million.
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