Sourav Ganguly told me my life has changed forever: Brendon McCullum recalls iconic 158 in IPL opener
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Updated: April 18, 2020 1:40:45 pm


Brendon McCullum hit 10 fours and 13 sixes in his iconic in IPL 2008 opener (Express Archive)

On April 18, 2008, Brendon McCullum kicked off Indian Premier League’s (IPL) inaugural season in one of the simplest ways attainable. McCullum registered the best T20 rating with an unbeaten 158 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in opposition to Rahul Dravid-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). 12 years later, the previous New Zealand skipper recalls the iconic innings and what adopted.

“I don’t bear in mind many reactions in element, however what I do bear in mind is what Sourav Ganguly stated to me that evening,” present KKR head coach McCullum told Knights Unplugged on http://www.kkr.in.

“Dada stated, ‘Your life is changed forever’, and I didn’t fairly know what he meant on the time, however (in hindsight), I 100% agree with him. Shah Rukh (Khan), in the months which adopted or the times and the weeks and the months which adopted, he stated. ‘you’ll all the time be with the Knight Riders.’

“There have been occasions after I was with KKR, after which I acquired launched, however we all the time completed on actually good phrases. I used to be all the time very grateful, and grateful for the chance that the franchise had supplied for me. So when a possibility arose once more (for the function of head coach), I assumed: ‘Well, Shah Rukh did say to me ‘You’ll all the time be very concerned with KKR’ and this, I suppose, is one other alternative’, the 38-year-old explosive batsman stated.

The Kiwi batsman revealed that he was nervous earlier than his record-breaking innings as hundreds of thousands of eyeballs have been glued to the mega occasion.

“Well, I by no means actually acquired too nervous all through my cricket profession, however on that event, I’ll admit I used to be very nervous. I believe none of us actually knew what this match (the IPL) was going to be like. We all beloved the concept of it, we beloved the fanfare, however all of the eyeballs of the cricketing world acquired turned in direction of Bangalore that evening.

“I really feel so fortunate and privileged to have had the chance (to be part of that spectacle). You discuss sliding doorways, and moments in your careers and in lives. That evening, my life changed fully in the house of these three hours or truly, even an hour-hour and a half.

“It changed my household’s life ceaselessly, and I really feel very blessed and really humble and really fortunate. What I did that evening was one thing I didn’t assume I used to be able to attaining. I couldn’t have accomplished it with out my teammates, that’s 100% positive. It was only a surreal second in time the place you simply look again and say, ‘How lucky was I?’ he added.

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McCullum performed 109 IPL matches and scored 2,880 runs at a median of 27.89 together with two centuries and 13 half-centuries.

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