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Famous cricket players of New Zealand: Nathan McCullum

by on February 25, 2011
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Famous cricket players of New Zealand: Nathan McCullum

Born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1980, Nathan McCullum made his ODI debut at relatively older age. He is bits and pieces sort of a player and has been filling in the shoes in the absence of Jacob Oram as an all rounder in New Zealand cricket team.

Having always been under the shadow of his more famous brother, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum is slowly carving his way into the kiwi ODI side and trying to establish an identity of his own. Playing his first match against Sri Lanka in 2009, in a young career thus far, he has played a total of 17 ODI matches where he has scored 270 runs and taken 11 wickets. He is an exceptional fielder, like most of the kiwis are, and is the preferred at the ‘Point’ position which belongs to only the very best in the business. Historically, brilliant fielders like Jonty Rhodes, Nasser Hussain and Ricky Ponting use to patrol the ‘point’ area and has since then become the most favored position for any top notch fielder.

Prior to cricket, Nathan McCullum played football at the national level and has also been the recipient of the ‘golden boot award’ in 1999. Not until 2004 did he realize the extreme passion that he felt for the game of cricket and hence to pursue it professionally he gave up football completely.

With faith being shown in him by the selectors and given the green signal to board the plane for the 2011 Cricket World Cup in the sub continent, Nathan McCullum can turn out to be a surprise since the pitches in the sub continent suit his explosive style of batting and are more prone to turning than the wickets back home in New Zealand. Nathan McCullum has played some match winning innings for New Zealand cricket team. He is a great athlete.

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