McCullum’s IPL century, Cameroon shock Argentina

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Changed 18 April 2020, 12:30 IST

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Brendon McCullum during the inaugural IPL season

The inaugural Indian Premier League began 12 years ago when Brendon McCullum pushed an unbeaten 158.

McCullum’s devastating display of hitting gave a glimpse of what would come to be the world’s top Twenty20 franchise.

On the anniversary, we take a look at some of the sport’s great screen-raisers.

The adamant lions defeated Maradona et al in Milan

Argentina as defending champions had the honor of kicking off the Italy World Cup in Italy in the 9th and were expected to face some problems against Cameroon.

The undefeated Lions have never won a World Cup final before, but that correction came five minutes later, with Francois Olam-Biak capturing the title of a winner, who embarrassingly defeated Neri Pompidou.

Even though it was half the story. Cameroon finished the game with nine, one of the most convincing images of the World Cup, following the Benjamin message sent by Andrea Cana-Biak for a terrific Lange at Claudio Caniggia.

Take something away from Cameroon though. Lost to England – They finally made it to the quarterfinals because of African football.

Springbox is the first step on the path to glory

The honor of playing the first game at the Rugby World Cup is usually welcomed, and the first match against South Africa begins in Cape Town against the champions Australia in the 5th.

The Springboks were only allowed to return to international rugby in 1207 once racism was eradicated, but roared by crowds comprised of the great Brian Habana, a future New Zealand side, they watched the Wallabies 2-2.

It proved to be the catalyst for South Africa, who would be the winner of the World Cup, a victory that did so much to unite the divided nation for so long.

McCullum’s IPL Masterclass

Twenty20 was still in its infancy when the Knight Riders’ opener, McCullum, arrived in the crease and there was little indication of what would happen if New Zealand failed to tackle the first six balls.

Soon he caught his attention. For the Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore, McCullum would go 3 for 5 with 6 sixes and four boundaries. It was a better start than the IPL architects could have hoped for.

Only five recorded higher scores than McCullum’s wrestling that day, but none of the performances were so important that the IPL was a force to be reckoned with.

Llayton Blewitt at Wimbledon

Lilton Hewitt took center court on June 27, with Wimbledon champion Ivo Karlovic the world number 20.

The Australian broke ten of his FT foot opponents in the first set of 5 minutes, which he took with a take-off, but Karlovic, playing his first Grand Slam, overturned the script.

A 9-6 win-win (5-6) -3- 6-6 win represents the 24-year-old Karlovic’s eleventh tourney victory as Hewitt was only the second person to lose in the first round at Wimbledon as defending champion.

Patriots Hunt-Aid Down 2017

The defending Super Bowl champions have the honor of kicking off the NFL regular season for 23 years, and another championship banner was unveiled on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro.

Pre-game talk surrounds the possibility of the New England Patriots going 19-0. The Kansas City Chiefs had other ideas, though, with Kareem Hunt starting 24 yards out as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady led the way in their own backyard with 32-27 success.

Belichick and Brady return and New England finished 1-0 before making another Super Bowl, where Nick Foles and the ‘underdog’ Philadelphia Aggies picked up the Lombardi Trophy in Minnesota.