Nathan McCullum Biography
Nathan Leslie McCullum is a former New Zealand cricket player who played international cricket between 2007 and 2016.
He was born on 1 September 1980 in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Nathan McCullum was a bowling all-rounder who bowled right-arm off break and batted right-handed.
Before concentrating on his cricket career he was a football player and he was not just an ordinary player. In 1999, he won his club Caversham AFC golden boot award by scoring 19 goals in the Football South Premier League.
Nathan and his brother Brendon McCullum were raised in the cricketing atmosphere as their father Stuart McCullum was also a cricket player who played domestic level cricket.
Nathan made his first-class debut in 1999 for Otago which was the same team, his father played for. Later, he played his first List-A match in the season of 2000-01.
He has 2,329 runs and 139 wickets in 65 first-class games as well as 3,077 runs and 169 wickets in 203 List-A matches.
McCullum was pretty good in all three aspects of cricket. His off-spin bowling and his sharp fielding along with his handy batting helped him to make place in the international cricket team and he made his international debut in a T20I against South Africa on 19 September 2007.
It was a Super 8 fixture at the T20 World Cup.
He didn't get a chance to bowl in his debut and unfortunately got run out on 1.
His ODI debut came against Sri Lanka on 8 September 2009 at Colombo.
Rise to Glory
Though, Nathan never played Test cricket but he had always been a regular team member in shorter formats of the game.
He was in the New Zealand team that reached the semi-finals of 2011 World Cup and was a valuable player throughout the tournament.
His best bowling figures came in a T20 against Pakistan in 2010 at Hamilton when he took 4 scalps for just 16 runs.
In an ODI match against Sri Lanka in 2013, New Zealand required 21 runs in the last over and McCullum thrashed Rangana Herath’s over for 22 runs. He could also be that kind of destructive player sometimes.
In 2010 and 2013 respectively, Nathan played for Lancashire and Glamorgan in English County Cricket.
In IPL, he represented Pune Warriors India and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He also featured for Sydney Sixers in 2012 Big Bash League and took 6 wickets in 6 matches including his best figure in the league, 3/24.
Nathan's Record in Numbers
Nathan has played 84 ODIs and 63 T20Is in his not-too-long international cricket career and got some pretty good stats as an bowling all-rounder. In ODIs he has 1,070 runs and 63 wickets in his name and in T20s, he got 299 runs and 58 wickets.
McCullum announced his retirement in 2016 and played his last international match against Bangladesh in 2016 T20 World Cup. In the match, he took Sabbir Rahman’s wicket which was his last international wicket.