McCullum’s life changing 158-run destructive innings in IPL 2008
April 8th,2008. On this day, Kiwi opener Brendon McCullum played an unforgettable innings of 158 runs off just 77 balls with 13 sixes and 10 fours in the opening match of the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener McCullum was actually killed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Bengaluru bowlers at that night. Sourav Ganguly led KKR made a huge total of 222 runs and chasing the target, RCB collapsed in a batting disaster. Rahul Dravid’s team lost the match by just 140 runs.
This was the highest innings before Chris Gayle’s 175-run unbeaten innings off just 66 balls for RCB in 2013. After winning, McCullum remembers many of the reactions. But KKR’s new head coach in particular remembers only captain Sourav’s words, “Your life has changed from today!”
With the horror of the coronavirus, the prospect of not making it to the IPL this year is growing bigger. But in the meantime, KKR is interviewing KKR’s ‘Knights’ on their website ‘Knights Unplugged’. As McCullum put it on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the IPL.
Former New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman who played 101 Tests, 260 ODIs and 71 T20Is for New Zealand could not fully grasp the point of ‘life changed’ at that time. But later he realized 100 per cent when he saw one of KKR’s owners, Shah Rukh Khan told him day after day, week after week and month after month, “You will always be with the Knight Riders.”
After KKR made him coach in the 13th IPL, McCullum recalled Shah Rukh, “You will always be associated with KKR.”
“This (unbeaten 158) has changed my family life forever. In my mind it is my blessing that taught me to humble myself, which changed my destiny. What I did that night, I didn’t know I could do it. It was a surreal moment,”
the 38-year old McCullum said.
McCullum has not been very nervous throughout his cricket career, but he was a little nervous that night. And could not think IPL will become such a huge one day!