Brash, brutal and brilliant to watch, Brendon McCullum can bruise bowling attacks like few other men in international cricket. 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 muscles balls over both sides of the field and 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.
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. McCullum describes himself as “brash” and that innings was the proof, but he has also been a key part of New Zealand’s Test team since 2004. In the longer format he began his career at No. 7 and in his second series, entertained the crowd with 96 at Lord’s.