IPL 2022: Brendon McCullum talks about impact of the tournament

IPL 2022: Brendon McCullum talks about impact of the tournament

IPL 2022: Brendon McCullum talks about impact of the tournament

Monday, April 18th, marks the 15th anniversary of the Indian Premier League.

On this day 14 years ago, on the first day of the event, a teenage New Zealander named Brendon McCullum lit up the world of cricket by smashing 158 runs in the league’s first-ever innings.

It remains KKR’s only hundred in the cash-rich tournament to this day.

For an international sports website, Brendon McCullum got down with David Hussey and reminisced about the game.

Hussey, a former KKR teammate, walked McCullum down memory lane, asking him how it felt to reflect on the success.


The right-hander admitted that it was all a blur, but that none of the players realized how huge the IPL would become at the time.

“Nobody, even us, had any idea how massive this competition would turn out to be. That night, we all learned what this event means to all of the cricket fans in this country, as well as around the world. So it was fun to have a small part in that, “KKR’s head coach stated.

When questioned how he was feeling in the crease at the moment, McCullum revealed that he was really embarrassed in his first few balls after failing to score a single run from them.

McCullum had arrived with a reputation as a swashbuckler, but had struggled to get started.

“I recall starting with 0 off 8 balls and thought to myself, ‘gosh, I’ve really made a real embarrassment of myself here.”

“But then I guess it was just a little bit of fate, and things were written in the stars, and I got a little bit of luck to get started, and then I just kept swinging here, and happily a couple of them came off.”


McCullum is the current head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders, and he has changed the club into a squad that plays aggressive cricket, especially at the top of the order.

McCullum concluded his voyage by stating that the difference between then and today is that they are now able to promote fresh Indian talent.

“Look, we’ve given a few of guys a chance to play in the big leagues, which is great, and that’s what the tournament is all about.”

KKR are currently ranked #6 out of ten teams and would have preferred to add another victory to their tally.

Knight Riders will face the Rajasthan Royals in a bid to secure a playoff berth in their next match.

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