Ultimate XI T20 Openers: Brendon McCullum

By July 30, 2020
Brendon McCullum Brendon McCullum

Brutal and brilliant, Brendon McCullum is capable of destroying the best of bowling attacks.

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 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.

 

Career statistics (T20s 2005-present)

Full Name: Brendon Barrie McCullum

Born: September 27, 1981, Dunedin, Otago (38)

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, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sussex, Toronto Nationals, Trinbago Knight Riders, Warwickshire

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

 

T20I Career

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50         

71           70           10           2140      123        35.66     1571      136.21          2         13         

T20 Career

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50 

370        364           33           9922      158*      29.97     7269      136.49          7         55

Career highlights

  • 6th most runs all-time in T20I, 2140 avg. 35.66
  • 71 T20I caps for NZ
  • Record for the highest runs scored at a T20 WC (123)
  • 1st player to score 1,000 T20I runs
  • Has scored a century in all three formats of the game
  • First player to score two T20I tons
  • New Zealand T20 Player of the Year (2012/13)
  • 3rd most runs scored in T20 matches (9922 at 29.97)
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