McCullum Back with KKR in IPL5

Brendon McCullum one of the destructive batsmen in the shortest version of the game, opines that it was not an emotional return to the KKR franchise but feels great to play for the same franchise again. McCullum is considered as one of the most destructive batsman in this format. The wicketkeeper batsman played holds the record for the first ever century in aT20 international (116 runs against Australia) and also the highest and first century in IPL (158 runs against RCB).

The New Zealander had been playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three seasons of IPL. Poor team performance and zeal to give a brand new make over to the team, KKR franchise brought in drastic changes in KKR, as a part of which seasoned players like Brendon McCullum and Sourav Ganguly were not bought during the auction after the first third season. McCullum played in IPL season 4 for kochi. McCullum expressed respect for the franchises strategy to build a new team and indicated that he never felt let down.

Except for the first century in IPL, McCullum could not do great for KKR, amassing only 429 runs in 21 innings (considering all three seasons for KKR) excluding the century. However, table turned when McCullum found form with Kochi, scoring 357 runs in 13 innings. Urge to bring about better performance from the team and McCullum’s performance with Kochi had enabled Sharukh Khan and co to place confidence on McCullum again, latching on to the opportunity to rope him, when Kochi was dissolved.

The hard hitter was candid in saying that “I wouldn’t say it’s an emotional return, but it’s a pleasure to again be with KKR… I’ve got some unfinished business to complete!” Beware all bowlers, now McCullum bats for KKR.

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