Brendan McCullum star of the first IPL match for Kolkata

As of the 17th over of the first innings of the inaugural IPL match of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Bangalore Royal Challengers, the undisputed star of the show is Brendan McCullum – whom most of us in India have never heard much about.

Brendan McCullum, who opened with a distinctly scratchy Sourav Ganguly, is now at 113 runs off 59 balls. In this blistering innings, he distincly overshadowed all his batting partners, whether its a Ganguly or a Ricky Ponting. McCullum hit 8 fours and 8 sixes – and if he continues, may hit a few more!

Bangalore Royal Challengers: Rahul Dravid (captain), Wasim Jaffer, Virat Kohli, Jacques Kallis, Cameron White, Mark Boucher (wicket-keeper), B. Akhil, A.A. Noffke, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan and Sunil Joshi

Kolkata Knight Riders: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Ricky Ponting, Brendan McCullum, David Hussey, Mohammad Hafeez, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, W.P. Saha, Ajit Agarkar, D.B. Das, Murali Kartik and Ishant Sharma

Rahul Dravid is going to find it real hard to recover from this place. And Ganguly, man, you should not look so nervous or unhappy.

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