Full name Brendon Barrie McCullum
Born September 27, 1981, Dunedin, Otago
Current age 36 years 116 days
Major teams New Zealand, Brisbane Heat, Canterbury, Chennai Super Kings, Glamorgan, Gujarat Lions, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars, New South Wales, Otago, Sussex, Trinbago Knight Riders, Warwickshire
Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, Mar 10-14, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Australia at Christchurch, Feb 20-24, 2016 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Jan 17, 2002 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Australia at Hamilton, Feb 8, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Feb 17, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jun 23, 2015 scorecard|
|Last First-class||New Zealand v Australia at Christchurch, Feb 20-24, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||Marylebone Cricket Club v Afghanistan at Lord's, Jul 11, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Feb 17, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat at Sydney, Jan 18, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1||Heat||v Syd Sixers||Sydney||18 Jan 2018||T20|
|51||Heat||v Hurricanes||Hobart||15 Jan 2018||T20|
|33||Heat||v Hurricanes||Brisbane||10 Jan 2018||T20|
|32||Heat||v Scorchers||Brisbane||5 Jan 2018||T20|
|61||Heat||v Melb Stars||Melbourne||2 Jan 2018||T20|
|15||Heat||v Strikers||Adelaide||31 Dec 2017||T20|
|5||Heat||v Syd Thunder||Brisbane||27 Dec 2017||T20|
|5||Heat||v Melb Reneg||Melbourne (Docklands)||23 Dec 2017||T20|
|40||Heat||v Melb Stars||Brisbane||20 Dec 2017||T20|
|51*||Riders||v Dynamites||Dhaka||12 Dec 2017||T20|
Brash, brutal and brilliant to watch, Brendon McCullum can bruise bowling attacks like few other men in international cricket. A wicketkeeper-batsman, McCullum has been used throughout the New Zealand batting order, but whenever he arrives at the crease it's impossible to look away. He muscles balls over both sides of the field and was responsible for getting the IPL off to an electrifying start, lighting up the tournament's first match with 158 and showing what the format had to offer. And he reprised that style in Tests too - striking the fastest century in the format's history in his final match.
He also became the second man, after Chris Gayle, to score a Twenty20 international century when he brazenly scooped 155kph offerings from Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes over the wicketkeeper's head in Christchurch in 2009-10. McCullum describes himself as "brash" and that innings was the proof, but he has also been a key part of New Zealand's Test team since 2004. In the longer format he began his career at No. 7 and in his second series, entertained the crowd with 96 at Lord's.
He notched up five of his first six Test centuries in that position, but later in his career he also showed he had another gear and could bat according to the needs of the team: against India in Wellington in 2014, he compiled a monumental 302 in 775 minutes, the eighth-longest innings at the time in terms of minutes. It saved New Zealand the Test from a hopeless position, and McCullum became the first New Zealand batsman to score a triple-hundred.
Although Adam Parore's Test mark of 201 dismissals was within his reach, McCullum shunned the wicketkeeper's gloves when he took over as captain in all formats at the end of 2012. His succession was anything but smooth, with Ross Taylor opting out of New Zealand's subsequent tour of South Africa after being replaced in controversial circumstances. However, McCullum slowly moulded New Zealand into a terrific - and hugely popular - team in all formats, not only in terms of their results but also in the manner in which they played the game: attacking with both bat and ball, but without any of the sledging and needless aggression that is often a part of other teams. Under him, New Zealand reached the World Cup final for the first time, in 2015, and went 13 consecutive home Tests without a defeat.
At the end of 2015, McCullum announced that the home Test series against Australia would be his last international fixtures. He became the first player to play 100 consecutive Tests from his debut.
Brydon Coverdale and ESPNcricinfo staff
New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year - 2008, 2015
ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year - 2010
ICC Spirit of Cricket Award - 2015