IPL History: 10 Finest Overseas Players of All-Time
- Chris Gayle has been one of the finest overseas batsmen to feature in IPL
#9 Brendon McCullum
The very first IPL match to be played will forever be remembered for the way that Brendon McCullum lit up the stadium with his electrifying batting. It was also a sign of things to come in the next few years.
But that was as good as it got for McCullum at KKR. He never really got going after that knock but continued to play with them till 2010. He then went on to play for Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011 before returning to KKR for one final season. However, his form didn’t improve and he was released after just two seasons.
It wasn’t until he started playing for the Chennai Super Kings where he really started to improve his batting. Opening the batting for CSK, he formed a formidable partnership with Dwayne Smith and the duo would wreak havoc at the start of the innings.
Clearly, his role at CSK was to get his team off to quick starts which would then allow Suresh Raina to come in at number 3 and play his natural game.
He had his best IPL season with the bat in 2015 and even scored his second ton. Following CSK’s 2-year ban, he went on to play for Gujarat Lions for two seasons for Gujarat Lions where he performed quite well. He also played for RCB last year but wasn’t able to contribute much with the bat.
Brendon McCullum will always be remembered for his time in the yellow jersey. He has scored a total of 2881 runs in his IPL career so far.Published 17 Mar 2019, 09:56 IST