Height: 5' 7"
Wife: Ellissa McCullum
Age: 40 Years
|Full Name||Brendon Barrie McCullum|
|Nickname(s)||Baz, BBM, B Mac|
|Profession||New Zealand Cricketer|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 7”
|Hair Colour||Dark Brown|
|Tattoos||1. McCullum has a unique tattoo covering his upper arm and shoulder. The tattoo comprises of a scroll, which contains the Roman numerals CXXVI (126- his ODI cap number), XLII (42- his limited overs shirt number) and CCXXIV (224- his test cricket cap number).
2. A silver fern tattoo on the left side of his chest shows his Kiwi pride!
3. Since it is not possible for McCullum to wear his wedding ring while playing, he got a ring impression tattooed as an alternative.
|International Debut||ODI- 17 January 2002 against Australia in Sydney
Test- 10 March 2004 vs South Africa in Hamilton
T20- 17 February 2005 vs Australia in Auckland
|Domestic/State Team||Otago Volts, Brisbane Heat, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Birmingham Bears, Sussex, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Gujarat Lions, Trinbago Knight Riders|
|Nature on field||Maintains calm disposition (plays aggressively though)|
|Records (main ones)||• At the time of his retirement, Brendon McCullum held the record of being the highest run scorer in the T20 format. With 2,140 runs in his bag, McCullum was around 500 runs ahead of his counterpart Martin Guptill, who held the 2nd spot on the highest run scorer list.
• In addition, at that time, he had the most number of fifties, centuries, sixes and fours in the shortest format of the game.
• In February 2014, McCullum became the first Kiwi to score a triple ton (302 off 559 deliveries) in test cricket, achieving the feat against a balanced team like India.
• McCullum came in the record books again when he broke his own "fastest 50 in World Cup" record. At the 2015 World Cup, McCullum smashed 50 in just 18 balls, breaking his own 20-ball-50 record that he had created against Canada at the 2007 World Cup.
• In his farewell test match, McCullum scored an unbelievable century off just 54 deliveries against Australia, thus breaking the 30-year-old record of fastest test century held by Sir Vivian Richards.
• McCullum finished off his test career with a mammoth tally of 107 sixes. Notably, the record was previously held by Aussie Cricketer Adam Gilchrist with 100 sixes.
|Controversies||• Back in 2006, McCulum had to bear the ire of cricket fans, when he dismissed Muttiah Muralitharan in a fashion that is considered to be against the spirit of the game. During the second innings of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Christchurch, Sri Lanka were 9 down with Sangakkara still at the crease at 99*. Just as he completed a single and waved his bat, little did he know what was going to happen next. Muralitharan, who came to the striker's end, after completing the run went back to congratulate his partner on his century. However, just as he turned to do so, McCullum gathered the ball, took off the bails and made a run-out appeal to the umpire, who gave it out.
Ten years later, in 2016, McCullum made a brave gesture and apologized for his mistake, at the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's. He said, "Nearly ten years after running out Murali, I view things very differently and I would hope that I am a very different person. Kumar Sangakkara is here tonight. Sanga, I admire you enormously. I regard you as a friend. And I take this opportunity to apologize to you and Murali for my actions on that day. I want to share with you the things that I think were the primary catalysts for my change of approach. And I think it’s fair to say that they came late in my career."
• It is believed that McCullum was the man behind Ross Taylor's sudden sacking as the captain of the team. In his book titled 'Declared', McCullum has revealed that Ross Taylor did not communicate well with the team and was perhaps not deserving of such a post. However, he denied any role in Taylor's sacking.
• In late 2014, the entire cricket fraternity was stunned when the then New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum told the ICC Anti-corruption bureau that his former team mate, Chris Cairns, approached him thrice with 'spot-fixing' offers prior the IPL's inaugural season in 2008. McCullum added that Cairns offered him a price as high as $180,000 per spot-fix. However, after months of testimonies and trials, Cairns was found "not guilty."
|Date of Birth||27 September 1981|
|Age (as of 2021)||40 Years|
|Birthplace||Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand|
|Hometown||Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand|
|School||King's High School, Dunedin, New Zealand|
|Educational Qualification||High School Graduate|
|Family||Father: Stuart McCullum (former Cricketer)
Mother: Name Not Known
Brother: Nathan McCullum, Cricketer (Elder)
|Hobbies||Horse Riding, Playing Rugby & Golf|
|Girls, Family & More|
|Children||Son- Riley McCullum
Daughter- Maya McCullum (Elder), and 1 more
|IPL Auction Price (2016)||INR 5.5 Crores (Gujarat Lions)|
|Net Worth||$6 million|
Some lesser known facts about Brendon McCullum
- Does Brendon McCullum smoke?: Yes
- Does Brendon McCullum drink alcohol?: Yes
- His father, Stuart, is a former Cricket player who played 75 first-class matches for Otago.
- Under his captaincy, for the first ever time, New Zealand reached the finals of the World Cup (2015).
- McCullum’s tryst with Cricket began in the year 1996, when he played for the Otago U-17’s.
- McCullum holds the record for the most runs by a Kiwi batsman in an U-19 test match. He smashed 186 runs against South Africa U-19 in 2001.
- His IPL debut couldn’t have been better. Playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), McCullum smacked 158* off just 73 balls against the Royal Challenger’s Bangalore (RCB) in the very first match of the IPL tournament in 2008. He scored another unbeaten 158, 7 years laters, for Birmingham Bears (Warwickshire). Interestingly, this time he took only 64 deliveries.
- Although McCullum had to give up the gloves because of an incessant backache, the time that he spent behind the wickets was enough for him to reach milestones and set records. With a combined tally of 462 ‘caught behinds’ across all formats in International Cricket, McCullum is New Zealand’s best wicket-keeper to date.
- When McCullum replaced Ross Taylor as the full-time captain, New Zealand were placed eighth in the Test rankings and ninth in ODIs. Within three years, his unmatched leadership skills took them to the top three in both Tests and ODIs.
- McCullum is an occasional columnist for the English News outlet, The Daily Mail. In addition, he released his autobiography titled ‘Declared’ in 2016.
- In May 2022, ECB appointed him as England Test coach. On his appointment, the 40-year-old cricketer, who was the in-charge of the Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders at the time of this announcement, said,
In taking this role on, I am acutely aware of the significant challenges the team faces at present, and I strongly believe in my ability to help the team emerge as a stronger force once we’ve confronted them head-on.”