Brendon Barrie McCullum, the former captain of New Zealand’s international men’s cricket team and the man responsible for the renascence of the New Zealand team in international cricket is one of the most martial batsman witnessed by the cricketing world. Wrath and rage are few among many words that come to the opposition’s mind when McCullum is on the pitch with his bat, yet this talented bloke also manages to pull in equal amounts of awe with his phenomenal wicket keeping.
Born on 27th September 1981 in Dunedin, Mr.Otago, New Zealand to a long serving first class player, Stuart McCullumwho played for Otago himself. Also known as “Baz”Mr Fantastic” and “Bash Brothers”, a title he shares with Chriss Lynn is a right handed opening or middle order batsmen, an exceptional former wicket keeper and a fielder commanding a wide radius of influence.
Brendon’s brother Nathan is an international cricketer as well and a member of Otago Volts competing in State Championships. “Baz” has been married to Ellissa McCullum since December of 2003 and have two children Riley and Maya.
Being the conqueror of the shortest format McCullum was the first to achieve a score of 2000 runs in this format. In the Twenty20 International matches McCullum. So far he stands in solitude as the only player to have scored two Twenty20 international centuries and holds the second highest individual T20I score(KKR against RCB in 2008 IPL). As an extraordinary wicket keeper batsman himself, Adam Gilchrist can vouch for McCullum’s dexterity in that field.
McCullum is the first New Zealander to score a triple century in a Test against India in 2014 and achieved a similar feat that same year scoring more than 1000 runs that same year which was beaten by Kane Williamson the following year. On 22nd December McCullum announced his retirement from the world of International cricket like brother Nathan who in the previous year had done the same. He left his last mark on the international cricketing world as the first captain to score a century in his farewell test with 170 runs which surprisingly is the highest ever scored by a captain in his farewell test.
He might have been the top scorer and one of the best leaders of New Zealand men’s national cricket team but his early education and its details are still a mystery. Other than the fact that McCullum along his brother Nathan attended King’s High School, New Zealand not much is known about him in the academic field. However, cricket has changed his career and we fans choose to remember him as a legendary cricketer.
Brendon McCullum Net Worth
Under McCullum’s leadership, New Zealand reached the finals of ICC World Cup for the first time in 2015 against Australia. With a more than exceptional career, his net worth is estimated to be around $9 million in US currency as of 2017. His annual income is estimated to be around 2 million US dollars and has a contract with the Gujarat Lions for 720,000 US Dollars.
In the past, he had secured a three year $700,000 contract with Kolkata Knight Riders. He earns more than $500 per run with Black Caps and over $2800 per run with Gujarat Lions. His spectacular career and superior skills as an aggressive batsman have made him a hot grab for most domestic franchises in the cricketing world.
McCullum along with wife had bought a six bedroom lavish property at Christchurch in 2011. With an area of more than 650 square metres, the grand mansion has six bathrooms with four living areas. It also boasts a large outdoor entertaining space with an all-weather Television, a fireplace and a large heated swimming pool.
The McCullum moved after they sold the luxurious property for more than 3.3 million dollars in 2014. In 2015 McCullum became a columnist for the Daily Mail news and with lucrative endorsements from Chennai Super Kings and Otago in the past and now the Gujarat Lions no wonder his net worth is growing at an aggressive pace.
McCullum has shown his interest and has been involved in CricHQ along with former New Zealand cricketer Stephen Fleming and the company CEO Simon Baker. It has a live scoring platform and competition management software that has a customer base from likes of New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
The company has seen investment flow in from 20 other high profile cricketing names and in June 2015 had raised 10 million US Dollars from Tembusu Partners, a Singapore based private equity firm to expand globally.
New Zealand has always been big at the Rugby Circuit, but under McCullum’s leadership, it went to the finals for the first time after several failed attempts in the past. To top it off McCullum got the Cricketer of the Year Award at the New Zealand Cricket Awards in Auckland in 2015. He even claimed the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for 2014-15.
Under his leadership, New Zealand won five out of nine Test matches in 2014, a national record. Post retirement he even scored the Halberg Award in 2016 for being one of the most successful New Zealand leaders in international cricket. He is one of the most iconic cricketer that the world of cricket have ever witnessed.
In his recent autobiography “Declared”, McCullum revealed his discontent with Ross Taylor’s “uninspiring leadership” for New Zealand and how the team was on the brink of implosion due to the sore relationship McCullum developed with Ross Taylor during the former’s captaincy. McCullum along with Prime Minister John Key attended a recent event in Delhi to promote New Zealand tourism in India.
Having such a great career and influx of endorsements from big shot franchises only displays the never ending high road that McCullum likes to take. He settles for nothing but perfect and with fortune’s blessings we hope he continues to do so in the future. The fans salute him for the special moments he had gifted to the world and generation after generation, he will be remembered for his impeccable skills.