January 17, 2002
Brendon McCcullum makes his ODI debut against Australia at the SCG
and scores 5.
December 29, 2002
Five-for behind the stumps
McCullum takes four catches and effects a stumping against India in Napier
, his five dismissals in an innings equal Adam Parore's New Zealand record. He's had five dismissals in an innings three times since.
November 3, 2003
A fifty at last
Scores maiden ODI half-century in his 29th game - 51 not out against Australia in Pune
An instant success
Scores 57 on Test debut against South Africa in Hamilton
A maiden century
Scores first Test century in his seventh Test, 143 against Bangladesh in Dhaka
A world record falls
McCullum smashes 50 off 25 balls to help New Zealand pull off a world record chase against Australia in Christchurch
This time a partnership record
Scores 86 off 91 balls to lead New Zealand to the second-highest run-chase in ODI history, against Australia in Hamilton
. Shares a world-record partnership of 165 with Craig McMillan for the sixth wicket.
Blasts 50 off 20 balls against Canada in St. Lucia
, it's the fastest half-century in a World Cup.
The best catcher
Takes four catches against West Indies in Antigua
to overtake Adam Parore's New Zealand record of 136 dismissals in ODIs.
Leading for the first time
Leads New Zealand in a Twenty20 international against England in Auckland
- McCullum's first captaincy assignment.
IPL moolah beckons
Gets bought for $700,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural IPL auction.
Worth the money
Blazes 158 off 73 balls for Kolkata against Bangalore in the opening game
of the IPL. It's the highest score in Twenty20 cricket.
A long-awaited century
Scores maiden ODI century in his 134th match, smashing Ireland for 166 off 135 deliveries in Aberdeen
. His 266-run stand with Hamish Marshall is a record for New Zealand.
Leading from the front
Captains New Zealand for the first time in an ODI against India in Christchurch
, scores 71 off 68 balls.
A tougher hundred
Scores first ODI century against a top-class team, in his 162nd match. - 131 versus Pakistan in Abu Dhabi
Another New Zealand record
Breaks the New Zealand record for most dismissals in a Test by participating in nine against Pakistan in Napier
Following in Gayle's footsteps
Slams an unbeaten 116 off 56 balls against Australia in Christchurch
to become the second player, after Chris Gayle, to score a century in T20 internationals; Gayle had made 117 off 57.
The first double
Opening the batting for only the fifth time in his Test career, McCullum scores 225 in New Zealand's second innings against India in Hyderabad
. It's his first double-century in Tests, and the second-highest score by a New Zealander in India, next to Bert Sutcliffe's 230* in Delhi in 1955.
Another T20I hundred
Becomes the first batsman to score two centuries in T20Is, smashing 123 off 58 balls in a World Twenty20 game against Bangladesh in Pallekele
Becomes New Zealand's leader in all three formats
, taking over from Ross Taylor. The transition is mired in controversy, though, with Taylor dropping out of the subsequent tour to South Africa.
A shocker in Cape Town
In the first innings of his first Test as captain, New Zealand are shot out for 45
, their third-lowest total in Tests. They lose both Tests of that series by an innings.
A Test win at last
In his 11th Test as captain - and after being denied a win by an incredible double-hundred by Darren Bravo in the previous game - New Zealand finally win a Test, beating West Indies by an innings and 73 runs in Wellington
. They would go on to win 11 out of 19 Tests from here till the end of 2015.
Making India suffer
Twice in ten days McCullum makes 200-plus scores in Tests against India: 224 in Auckland
, and then a monumental 775-minute 302 in Wellington
, which saves New Zealand the Test from a hopeless position. His three 200-plus Test scores so far have all come against India, and his 302 is the highest Test score by a New Zealand batsman.
Scores 202 against Pakistan in Sharjah
to become the first New Zealander to score four double-centuries in Tests. Almost gets another one in his next Test innings, making 195 off just 134 balls against Sri Lanka in Christchurch
A spectacular World Cup
Leads New Zealand all the way to their first World Cup final, but Australia prove to be too strong in the title match in Melbourne
. It is an outstanding campaign nevertheless, characterised by aggressive and imaginative leadership, and thrilling wins against Australia
in a group game and in the semi-finals, against South Africa
. McCullum scores 328 runs in the tournament at a strike rate of 188.50.
Decides that the two-Test home series against Australia will be his last international fixtures. The first Test of that series, in Wellington, will be his 100th, making him the first player to play 100 consecutive Tests from debut.