1. Corey Anderson received a playing contract from New Zealand Cricket in 2007, making him the youngest player in New Zealand first-class cricket history to gain a contract.

2. Anderson made his one-day debut against England on 16th June 2013.

3. Anderson made his Test debut against Bangladesh at Chittagong on 9th October 2013.

4. His nickname is ‘Coza’.

 

 A tough cookie:

Ken Rutherford, the man who brought Elliot to New Zealand has always commended his work ethic. Former coach of the Wellington Firebirds, Anthony Stuart, commented that was “a tough cookie” while Glenn Turner has stated that Elliot was a ‘thoughtful character’.

South Africa career:

Grant Elliot has played for his native South Africa in all the junior levels. He was also part of the U19 side that played at home. He played alongside the likes of Michael Lumb, Robin Peterson, and Jacques Rudolph. He has represented Gauteng and Griqualand West in domestic cricket as well.

 

 
       

Richard Hadlee the inspiration: Kyle Mills was inspired by watching the likes of Sir Richard Hadlee and Martin Crowe during the 80s and 90s. He gathered as much knowledge about the game as possible. In an interview in 2011, he stated, “He [Hadlee] is by far the best cricketer we have ever produced in my mind and is definitely the guy I looked up to most when growing up.”

Favourite rival: Kyle Mills rates Sachin Tendulkar as the best batsman he has bowled to. He once said, “Really hard to figure out as a bowler where to bowl to him when he is on song.” He also rates Adam Gilchrist very highly and said that in his prime Gilchrist was unstoppable. Among the bowlers, he has faced, Mills rates Muttiah Muralitharan as the toughest.

 

Apart from his batting skills, Guptill is also a livewire on the field and has taken some insane catches only to turn the game on its head. He has a safe pair of hands and often fields in the slip cordon.

237 not out

Guptill’s finest performance is ODI cricket came in ICC Cricket 2015 World Cup quarter-final game against West Indies. He went ballistic and fired an unbeaten 237 to inscribe his name in the history of cricket with gold. With this knock he also holds the record for highest individual score in World Cup tournaments.

 

 
       

McCullum is currently the leading run-scorer in T20 International cricket. As of September 26, 2014, he is leading the second highest run-scorer, i.e. Mahela Jayawardene, by 612 runs. He is the only man with two T20I tons.

In ODIs, McCullum has been involved in two record partnerships for New Zealand. He was a part of a 274-run opening stand with James Marshall against Ireland in 2008, which is the highest for the first wicket for New Zealand. Along with Craig McMillan, he put up 165 against Australia at Hamilton in 2007, which is a record for New Zealand for the sixth wicket.

 

During his early days, Mike aspired to be a Science professor! He has admitted the same on numerous occasions. If not a professional cricketer, we would have seen Michael as a science teacher.

After finishing school he won a scholarship to the Australian Cricket Academy, where his contemporaries included Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie.

 
       

Nathan McCullum is the elder brother of the Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum.

 He had attended King’s High School with his younger brother Brendon McCullum. Throughout his career, he has been overshadowed by the brilliance of Brendon McCulllum.

He was a very good Football player as well and had played as a striker for Caversham AFC. He has also won the team’s golden boot award in 1999 as he held a tally of 19 goals in the Football South Premier League.

 

. His name is Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor.

Born March 8, 1984, he is the second New Zealander of Samoan ancestry to play for the Black Caps, after Murphy Su’a. (His mother is Samoan). He was a hockey player before shifting his focus to cricket.

He is the first Samoan to captain a New Zealand cricket team. Taylor was appointed captain of the Black Caps in 2011, after Daniel Vettori, stepped down

 
       

In 2008, Tim Southee made his T20I debut for New Zealand against England at the Eden Park and dismissed England’s Paul Collingwood for his maiden international wicket.

Southee made his Test debut on the same tour, earning him the honour of becoming the seventh-youngest player to feature for New Zealand. He also earned his debuted in ODI cricket against England.

 

The golden batch: Boult was a part of the golden batch of young cricketers who played the Under-19 World Cup in 2008. This was a particularly impressive batch, with future international cricketers like Phillip Hughes, Josh Hazlewood, Steven Smith, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Dinesh Chandimal, Darren Bravo, Wayne Parnell, Steven Finn, Chris Woakes, and Rubel Hossain all playing the tournament.

Along with Boult, New Zealand’s batch of cricketers included Tim Southee, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, and Hamish Rutherford. Boult and Southee first formed their lethal opening partnership in this tournament; it was a sign of things to come. Boult excelled in the match against Malaysia, where he took 7 for 20 to destroy the hosts.

 
 

Twin brother: Williamson has a twin brother Logan. Kane is a few minutes older and according to their parents the twins have always shared a great bond. Williamson has three older sisters.

 Sporting ambience: The Williamson family took copious interest in sports. His sisters played volleyball, and cousin Dan Cleaver plays for Central Districts. Gary Briad, a former All Black, lived in the neighbourhood. His sons too play rugby union. Trent Boult lived nearby, and Doug Bracewell was a childhood friend of the twins.