Virat Kohli was yet to debut for India when Brendon McCullum slammed 158* vs RCB in IPL 2008


first_imgApril 18, 2008: A new beast was about to take the cricketing world by storm and no one had any idea what kind of impact it would have on the game. Yes, India had won the World T20 and the cricket-loving public here wanted more of this razzmatazz format.  Would it be a hit? Or would the IPL peter out despite the big moneys and the glitz?The questions were answered by a Kiwi from far ashore . Brendon McCullum was signed up by the star-studded Kolkata Knight Riders , who took on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match of the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League, exactly nine years ago. (Also read: Royal Challengers Bangalore suffer major blow: AB de Villiers ruled out vs Gujarat Lions)New Zealand, it must be remembered, had been exposed to the frenetic world of T20 cricket, a lot before the concept had hit home here in India. Riding on experience and sheer skill, Baz took apart an RCB attack that was led by two very able India pacers – Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan. The legendary Jacques Kallis was tonked for 48 runs in his four overs while Australian leg-spinner Cameron White conceded 24 runs in one horror over.The other KKR batmsen just played a supporting role around McCullum as he blazed 10 fours and 13 sixes in a 73-ball 158 not out. Two of world cricket’s giants – Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting, two of McCullum’s four batting partners that evening at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, were mere spectators. (Also read: April 18, 2008 – Brendon McCullum 158* brings Royal Challengers Bangalore to their knees in IPL opener)advertisementDavid Hussey, who batted at No.4, stayed on for 12 balls to merely take singles and had the strike back to McCullum so he could do more carnage on an already battered bowling line-up.What happened to some of the stars involved in the inaugural IPL clash:- Following the onslaught, RCB were shot out for 82 to crash to a 140-run defeat. The team underwent a major revamp and soon turned into one of the most dangerous units in the IPL.- RCB stormed to the final next year when the IPL was held in South Africa- KKR won the title twice in 2012 and 2014- Jacques Kallis later moved to KKR and was an integral part of a successful outfit. He is their present coach and wields enormous influence in the team- Ganguly, Ponting, Zaheer, Rahul Dravid, Hussey and Sunil Joshi retired from international cricket since that iconic IPL opener.- Zaheer is now captain of the Delhi Daredevils where Dravid is coach- Mark Boucher’s (RCB wicketkeeper for the inaugural edition) career came to an abrupt end when he was hit by flying bails in a tour match in England.- Most importantly, a 19-year-old, who walked out to bat at No.3 for RCB, that evening, is the biggest superstar in world cricket today. Virat Kohli, who was yet to debut for India, had made 1 before being done in by Ashok Dinda. Kohli, has since, peaked new scales for India and only last year, hit a record-smashing 973 runs and four hundreds in the IPL. He is currently India and RCB captain.McCullum also quit international cricket after leading New Zealand to the 2015 World Cup. He played for Chennai Super Kings and was bought by Gujarat Lions in 2016.In a quirky coincidence, McCullum and Kohli will face off again later on Tuesday when Gujarat take on RCB, nine years down the line from that surreal evening in Bengaluru.last_img

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