Kolkata. New Zealand opener Brendon McCullum, who played explosive innings for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the first match of the first edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), said that this innings changed his life. McCullum scored an unbeaten 158 from 73 balls with 10 fours and 13 sixes in a match played against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2008, which helped Kolkata beat Bengaluru by 140 runs.
McCullum said, “I was very lucky to have had this opportunity. There are ups and downs in your career, but that night changed my life. I can never forget that three hours. “
He said, “Why did I get the opportunity that I landed the opening with Saurabh Ganguly?” How did I get a chance to play in the first match. How I redeemed this opportunity. To tell the truth, I do not know the answers to these questions but I know enough that it changed my life. “
McCullum said, “I changed my family’s life forever and I consider myself very lucky. I never thought about what I did that day and I would never be able to do it. But it is also true that I would not have done this without my teammates. This is such a moment when you think about it, it seems that you are so lucky. ” McCullum, who was appointed KKR’s head coach, recalled that day, saying that he still remembers the then captain Saurabh Ganguly he had spoken to McCullum.
McCullum said, “I don’t remember the whole thing but remember what Dad had told me. They told me that your life will change forever but at that time I could not understand it. Although I 100% agree with him. Team owner Shahrukh Khan also told me that you will always be with the Knight Riders. “
He said, “I have never been so restless in my career but I was very restless that day. I think none of us knew what the tournament would be like. But we liked this plan and what happened in Bengaluru was a memorable moment. “
McCullum said, “There was a time when I was with KKR but after that I was released. Although I have always had a good relationship with the team. I will always be grateful to the franchise for giving me the opportunity. When I got a proposal to become a coach, I thought about it. Shahrukh also told me that you will always be a part of KKR. I think this is also an opportunity. “
McCullum said, “Everyone at KKR is good and I hope we succeed on the field.” We will try to live up to the expectations of the people of Bengal, Shah Rukh and others associated with the franchise. We will succeed because I think our team is very well balanced. “
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