Venkatesh Iyer breaks KKR’s 15-year century drought; first since McCullum’s historic 158* in IPL 2008 opener

Written by Rohit Pawar

Venkatesh Iyer became the first Kolkata Knight Riders player since Brendon McCullum to score a century in the Indian Premier League. Interestingly, McCullum’s only century for the Knight Riders came in the very first game in the history of IPL – all the way back in 2008 – when he smashed an incredible unbeaten 158 off just 73 deliveries. Iyer reached the historic mark in xx deliveries in a blistering innings against Mumbai Indians on Sunday afternoon.

The left-handed batter had a good start to the 2023 season, having scored 130 runs in four matches so far; he scored a quickfire 83 in just 40 deliveries during the side’s game against defending champions Gujarat Titans last week. On Sunday, he took a giant leap as he joined McCullum as only the second KKR player to reach a three-figure mark.

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