Biography of Brendon Mccullum:- Brendon Mccullum never let his team down; he maintains aggression with balanced skills to justify it. McCullum was born on 27 September 1981 in Otago, New Zealand. His father was a first-class cricketer; he and his brother were good at Rugby and cricket. However, they opted for cricket at the end. Nathan and Brendon were too good to be ignored by the selection committee, Nathan became a bowler and Brendon was a wicketkeeper-batsman for New Zealand.
Biography of Brendon Mccullum
- Born:- 27 September 1981 (age 35), Dunedin, New Zealand
- Spouse:- Ellissa McCullum (m. 2003)
- Test Debut:- 10 March 2004 v South Africa
- ODI Debut:- 17 January 2002 v Australia
- Last ODI :- 8 February 2016 v Australia
- Current Teams:- Gujarat Lions (Wicket-keeper)
Brendon Mccullum made his international debut against Australia in January 2002; he later made his Test debut against South Africa. Brendon has achieved many feats since he started his International career, the fastest 54-ball Test century ever is one of the outstanding records held by Brendon Mccullum. McCullum is also the first Kiwi batsman to score a triple-century, first one to complete 1000 runs in a calendar year. No one can forget the Mcscoop shots by McCullum off a brutal pace by Australian bowlers, There is no doubt on his batting skills, he became captain of New Zealand when Kiwis were struggling to maintain 8th position in ODI cricket, he removed minnows label from the team, and New Zealand with balanced aggression and a strong leadership went on to reach the world cup final of ICC World Cup 2015.
Brendon Mccullum started his domestic career playing for his hometown club Otago in 1999; he was called by Canterbury club in mid-2003 for a four-year contract. In between, Brendon Mccullum joined Glamorgan club for 2006 summer season scoring a hard hitting 160-run inning that was appraised as the best inning of the season by senior cricketers. Later, Brendon Mccullum was one of the brand batsmen for Twenty 20 cricket. McCullum played for his hometown Otago Volts off-season along with playing in T20 leagues around the world.
T20 Career of Brendon McCullum:
The t20 career of Brendon McCullum was superb regarding centuries, strike rate, and of course fielding. McCullum is the leading run-scorer in T20 format right now; he has the most number of runs in the format than any International player as of December 2016. He is the only player in cricket history to score two hundred in the 20-over format along with 2000 runs in Twenty 20 International format. Brandon made his first century against Australia in 2010; his second century in International cricket came off against Bangladesh in Kandy in 2012.
In International T20 leagues, Brendon McCullum is more impressive with massive strike rate and ability to hit every ball out of the ground. Brendon McCullum holds the record for 2nd highest individual score in Twenty 20 cricket, his 158-runs innings came off against RCB in Indian Premier League in the first edition of IPL, the record was held by McCullum for five years before Chris Gayle surpassed it in IPL, an RCB player.
IPL Career of Brendon McCullum:
Brendon McCullum played for IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders for the first three editions of Indian Premier League, McCullum was the first centurion of IPL. His brilliant knock assured of the entertainment promised. He was signed again by Knight Riders for 2012 and 2013 editions of IPL. Brendon McCullum also played for Kochi Tuskers Kerala for 2011 season of IPL. After his contract had ended with KKR, McCullum was auctioned for $1M+ to Chennai Super Kings for 2014 and 2015 seasons of the Indian Premier League. In 2016, Brendon McCullum was part of the Gujarat Lions as CSK was suspended by IPL from IPL 2016. McCullum scored 354 runs in the season with an average of 22 and no century in the season. He had the best batting average in the inaugural season of IPL when he played only four matches at a batting average of 62.66 overall. In the nine editions of IPL, Brendon McCullum contested in 92 matches scoring 2434 runs with an aggregated average of 28 and a strike rate of 129.39 with 2 centuries.
Brendon McCullum in Various Cricket Leagues:
Brendon McCullum regularly appeared in Big Bash League. In 2011, Brendon McCullum joined Brisbane Heat until 2014 when he left the franchise. After 2016, Brendon McCullum has indicated to join his former team for the next couple of seasons. In English county seasons, McCullum was part of Sussex for 2010 season; he later migrated to Warwickshire County for 2015 season and Middlesex for 2016 season of English Summers. In October 2016, Brendon McCullum was made captain and mentor of PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars for PSL 2017 season replacing Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali.
International Career of Brendon McCullum:
Brendon McCullum started his International career in 2002, his test debut after two years in 2002 against South Africa. His first notable inning came against England when he scored 96 just 4 runs short off his first Test Century. However, he made his first ton against Bangladesh in December 2004 at Dhaka. He was a number-7 wicketkeeper-batsman for New Zealand; he made his first 5 centuries batting at number 7. In 2007, Brendon McCullum had a good series against Australia when Kiwis became the first team to whitewash Australia in their home series after 10 years. Later in the year 2007, McCullum scored blistering 80 runs off 28 balls with a strike rate of 285, the inning consisted of 9 fours and 6 sixes. In 2008, in the first edition of IPL, Brendon McCullum made a first T20 century in IPL recording highest-ever T20 score.
From a number-7 batsman to a most destructive opening batsman in International cricket, Brendon McCullum stats and records express him one of the most successful captains of New Zealand. He was made the captain of New Zealand Cricket team in a2012-13 season in a series against South Africa that was won by RSA 2-0. McCollum’s second century in T20 internationals came against Bangladesh in ICC T20 World Cup 2012. In a series against India, Brendon McCullum scored first-ever triple century by a New Zealand batsman, his longest century regarding minutes saved the match for New Zealand, and New Zealand also scored their highest total in Test cricket that day. In December 2014, Brendon McCullum was awarded New Zealander of the Year Award by NZ Herald. In December 2014, Brendon McCollum’s 195-runs inning helped him get past 1000 runs milestone, he became first NZ player to score 1000 runs in a calendar year along with 33 sixes in a year in test cricket. Under Brendon McCullum captaincy, New Zealand made highest-ever scores in a day i.e. 429-7, and best winning percentage in a year as NZ won 5 test matches out of 9 in 2014. The year 2014 was the most successful year for New Zealand in Test and ODI cricket with more to come in 2015 as McCullum was leading his team with excellent leadership skills.
ICC World Cup 2015:
In ICC World Cup 2015, New Zealand was hosts and hotfavorites for the tournament along with neighbors and co-hosts Australia. Brendon McCullum scored fastest fifty in World Cup history that came off just 18 balls, the half-century was also the 4th fastest in ODI history. New Zealand cruised to the finals of World Cup. In a last match, Brendon McCullum was gone for a golden duck that ultimately led to an easy 7-wicket win over Australia in the final match.
Brendon McCullum at the end of his career had played 101 test matches consecutively. In his farewell match against Australia, Brendon McCullum became the only test captain to score a century in his final match, he also surpassed Misbah and Viv Richards hitting the fastest-ever Test century in Test cricket off 54 balls. On February 2016, Brendon McCullum retired from all forms of International cricket after playing a brilliant test match knock against Australia.
Brendon Mccullum Personal Life and Family:
35-year old Brendon McCullum is a father of two, his father Stuart McCullum was a first-class cricketer who played for Otago Cricket Club. Former Test Cricketer Nathan McCullum is elder brother of Brendon McCullum. The biography of Brendon McCullum and his personal life and history is compiled from authoritative resources online. Brendon McCullum wife Ellissa McCullum hails from New South Wales Australia. The couple married in 2003 in a private marriage ceremony in New Zealand. Brendon Mccullum Family resides in Dunedin, Otago.
Brendon McCullum played 101 Test matches and scored 6453 runs in 179 innings. With the highest score of 302 against India, McCullum has scored 31 fifties and 12 hundred in his Test career. Baz played 260 ODIs in his career, scored 6083 runs at an average of 30.41, his highest score in ODI cricket in 166. Brendon has scored 5 centuries and 32 half-centuries in his ODI career with a strike rate of 97. In 71 T20i matches, Brendon McCullum has scored most runs by any cricketer i.e. 2140 with the highest score of 123 at an average of 35.66.