Every international cricketer believes in a special day in his career, which has brought something significant on that day. But just a few cricketers have managed to shine on the same day number of times. Batting Legend Sachin Tendulkar has scored four of his Test centuries on 4th of January.
Former NewZeland skipper Brendon McCullum also has some unforgettable memories with the bat of 18th April, especially in IPL. He has played 5 IPL matches on this day and has failed only once. He has played some memorable innings for whichever team he has played over the years. Here are those performances of Brendon McCullum on his favorite day: 18th April.
1. 158* of 73 for KKR against RCB in 2008
On the first day of the IPL, McCullum was playing for KKR, showcased his talent on the big stage. He inaugurated the cash-rich T20 league with 10 fours and 13 enormous sixes. He played only 73 deliveries and smashed as much as 158 runs, which is still his highest T20 score. The opposition was start studded Royal Challengers under the leadership of Rahul Dravid. They only had the option of appreciating those great innings.
2. 47 of 33 for Kochi Tuskers against CSK in 2011
In 2011, while playing for Kochi Tuskers Kerala, McCullum again played phenomenal innings for his team against the tournament favorites Chennai Super Kings. CSK managed to score 131 in 17 overs as rain interrupted halfway through their innings.
McCullum scored 47 runs off just 33 deliveries with the help of 4 fours and 3 huge sixes and helped his team to register a 7-wicket victory. Deservingly he was awarded Man of the Match for his splendid knock which helped his team beat one of the top sides.
3. 67 of 45 for CSK against KXIP in 2014
In the first leg of the 7th season of the IPL was being played in Dubai. The match was scheduled between CSK and the rejuvenated Kings XI Punjab. Chennai elected to bat first after winning the toss and Brendon McCullum decide to ran through the bowlers. Brendon completed his fifty in juts 30 deliveries.
He managed to score 67 runs off just 45 balls with the help of 5 sixes and four boundaries. Chennai put a total of 205 runs and a lot of credit goes to the opening partnership. Surprisingly, Punjab chased down the target with the help of dazzling innings from Maxwell and Miller.
4. 72 of 44 for GL against RCB in 2017
In the 10th season of IPL, Gujarat Lions McCullum has been in decent form as he was consistently playing some destructive innings. In the match against RCB, GL needed to chase the target of 214 runs and once again McCullum had a phenomenal start of the innings. He had to play cautious cricket as wickets continued to fall. Soon the right-hander completed his fifty and was approaching to take the game away from Bangalore.
Unfortunately, he lost his wicket after scoring 72 off 44 deliveries. He smashed 7 humongous hits over the fence and two fours. Gujarat lost the match by the margin of 21 runs but McCullum won many hearts with his fighting knock.