When the IPL began in year 2008 no one really did knew how big the tournament would become. Everybody was anxious about the response the fans will give to the Indian Premier League. T20 Cricket had become popular after India’s 2007 WT20 win but a league format in Cricket was tried in India for the first time with IPL in the year 2008. The tournament become more famous because of Brendon McCullum who was 26 years old at that time who owned the tournament at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore as he scored an unbeaten 158 runs in just 73 balls. Brendon McCullum hit 13 sixes & 10 boundaries in his innings that took KKR to 222/3.
McCullum who is now the head coach of the franchise says what the KKR Captain Ganguly had told him after his spectacular performance. “Your life is changed forever’, and I didn’t quite know what he meant at the time, but (in hindsight), I 100% agree with him,” McCullum told KKR’s website.
McCullum also spoke about what KKR team owner Shah Rukh khan has told him. “There were times when I was with KKR, and then I got released, but we always finished on really good terms. I was always very grateful, and thankful for the opportunity that the franchise had provided for me. So when an opportunity arose again (for the role of head coach), I thought: ‘Well, Shah Rukh did say to me ‘You’ll always be very involved with KKR’ and this, I guess, is another opportunity.’
“I find them (the entire KKR management) to be such great people, hopefully we can have success for them on the field this year and the years to follow. We’re trying to play a style of cricket which is a great representation of the people of Bengal and also Shah Rukh, Jay (Mehta) and all those involved in the franchise. Hopefully, we will be able to be successful, because I think we’ve got the right team for it as well,” McCullum added.