On Thursday (15th August), the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has announced that the former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will be their head coach for the next season.
KKR has won two IPL trophies in 2012 and 2014, both under Gautam Gambhir‘s captaincy. Brendon McCullum started his IPL career for KKR as he served for this side from 2008 to 2010 and 2012 to 2013. He played 39 matches for this side where he scored 958 runs with an average of 27.37. On the very first game of IPL history, he slammed a record century for KKR against Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was the first century in IPL history. In that game, he scored 158* off 73 balls which is still the second-highest individual score in IPL history. During his second tenure, KKR won one IPL trophy in 2012.
Brendon McCullum also led the KKR side in 2009 season where he led this side in 13 matches. Out of those, KKR won only three games, lost nine matches, and one had a tie result (lost in the one-over eliminator).
McCullum also represented the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) side Trinbago Knight Riders. KKR’s parent company, Red Chillies Entertainment owns this CPL side. McCullum served for this team from 2016 to 2018, including two back-to-back CPL trophy victories in 2017 and 2018 seasons. After playing 33 matches for this side, he scored 836 runs with an average of 30.96.
Brendon McCullum is now set for the head coach role after finishing his cricket career
Now, Brendon McCullum will coach KKR in IPL 2020. The franchise has confirmed it on Thursday.
McCullum said on this occasion, “It’s a great honour to take on this responsibility. We have fantastic squads in both KKR & TKR and I along with the support staff will be looking to build on the success both franchises have enjoyed.”
Just recently, early in this month, Brendon McCullum announced his retirement from cricket. In his statement, he claimed that he would finish his cricket career after the end of Global T20 Canada. He also claimed in that statement that he was looking for the media and coaching career.
Recently, the KKR side has taken some crucial decisions to change the coaching and other staffs ahead of the next season. The franchise parted way with the previous head coach Jacques Kallis and previous assistant coach Simon Katich. Now, they have brought Brendon McCullum for the head coach role for the new season.