Numbers Don't Lie February 8, 2016

A power-hitter who empowered his players

Brendon McCullum was a match-turner as batsman and captain in limited-overs cricket

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Brendon McCullum leaves the international arena at the end of the New Zealand summer. His impact in limited-overs cricket in particular, both as batsman and captain, has been remarkable in recent years. As he plays his last ODI in Hamilton, we examine a career that produced some incredible highs.

  • McCullum's strike rate of 152.16 since 2012 is the highest for all ODI openers in this period*
  • He has contributed nearly 61% of team runs till the point of his dismissal since 2012
  • Under his captaincy, key batsmen like Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill have all averaged nearly 50 in ODIs

* These numbers are up to date till the first ODI in the ongoing New Zealand-Australia ODI series

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats