December 28, 2015

McCullum the captain greater than McCullum the batsman

He has turned New Zealand into habitual winners, though his own batting in Tests has had big peaks and valleys

Brendon McCullum has been an outstanding contributor to New Zealand over the last several years, both as player and leader. The numbers show that while his batting has been a bit of a mixed bag - versatile and explosive, but also inconsistent - as captain he has inspired New Zealand to unprecedented success.

  • He is the only player to have batted in each of the top nine positions in both Tests and ODIs
  • He is one of only four batsmen to have scored 1000-plus Test runs as opener and the same number also from at least two other batting positions
  • Among batsmen with at least three double-centuries in Tests, his average is the lowest
  • Under his captaincy, New Zealand have had their highest win percentages in both Tests and ODIs over the last two years

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S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats