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Pyrotechnics prone Brendon 'Baz' McCullum burst onto the scene for New Zealand as a wicket-keeper batsman in 2002. His penchant for scoring ridiculously brisk double tons in Tests is well documented as is his propensity to smash quick-fire ODI fifties. He was a major reason behind his side reaching the final of the 50 over World Cup in 2015, with his explosive batting in the powerplay giving his team a strong headstart over the rest of the team. He's been playing IPL cricket right from it's inception in 2008 and set the IPL alight with his blazing innings of 158, which was the highest score in the IPL until Chris Gayle broke that record against PWI.
McCullum holds the record for the highest number of T20I runs- 2140 in 71 T20Is for New Zealand. He was instrumental for New Zealand holding a 100% T20I win record against India, which was broken only in 2017. He was the first player to play 100 consecutive Test matches for New Zealand since his debut. He also hit the fastest ODI fifty in the World Cup, third fastest overall in ODIs, during his knock off 77 (25), in which he got his fifty off 18 balls.
He scored the fastest Test century for New Zealand, off just 54 balls against Australia at Christchurch. With over 12000 runs in ODIs and T20Is, he has been a New Zealand legend.
He was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the VIVO IPL Auction 2018.