Modified 18 Apr 2020, 12:30 IST
The inaugural Indian Premier League started with a bang when Brendon McCullum blasted an unbeaten 158 precisely 12 years in the past.
McCullum’s devastating show of hitting supplied a glimpse of what was to come back for the world’s premier Twenty20 franchise competitors.
To mark the anniversary, we check out a few of sport’s nice curtain-raisers.
Indomitable Lions tame Maradona et al in Milan
As the defending champions, Argentina had the honour of kicking off the 1990 World Cup in Italy and have been anticipated to come across few difficulties towards Cameroon.
The Indomitable Lions might have by no means gained at a World Cup finals earlier than, however 90 minutes later that had been rectified, Francois Omam-Biyik heading in a winner that was embarrassingly shovelled over the road by Nery Pumpido.
— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 14, 2016
That was solely half the story, although. Cameroon completed the sport with 9 males, Benjamin Massing following Andre Kana-Biyik in being despatched off for an outrageous lunge on Claudio Caniggia that continues to be one of many enduring World Cup photographs.
Take nothing away from Cameroon, although. They went on to achieve the quarter-finals – overwhelmed by England – because the world lastly took discover of African soccer.
Springboks take first step on highway to glory
The honour of enjoying the primary recreation on the Rugby World Cup sometimes goes to the hosts, and in 1995 the opening fixture pitted South Africa towards reigning champions Australia in Cape Town.
The Springboks had solely been permitted to return to worldwide rugby in 1992 as soon as apartheid was abolished, however, roared on by a partisan Newlands crowd that included future nice Bryan Habana, they noticed off the Wallabies 27-18.
It proved to be the catalyst for South Africa, who would go on to be topped World Cup winners, a victory that did a lot to unite a nation divided for therefore lengthy.
A contemporary tackle one of many best tournaments in our sport’s historical past.
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) August 20, 2019
McCullum’s IPL masterclass
T20 was nonetheless in its infancy in 2008 when Kolkata Knight Riders opener McCullum got here to the crease, and there was little indication of what was to come back when the New Zealander failed to attain off his first six balls confronted.
He quickly obtained his eye in. McCullum would go on to smash 158 off 73 balls, together with 13 sixes and 10 fours, because the Knight Riders cruised to a 140-run win towards Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was a greater begin than even the IPL architects may have hoped for.
Only 5 males have recorded greater scores than McCullum’s knock that day, however none have been as necessary because the show which confirmed the IPL was a drive relatively than a farce.
Lleyton Blewitt at Wimbledon
Lleyton Hewitt stepped onto Centre Court on June 23, 2003 because the defending Wimbledon champion to face world quantity 203 Ivo Karlovic.
The Australian demolished his 6ft 10ins opponent in a 19-minute first set, which he took 6-1, however Karlovic, enjoying in his first grand slam, flipped the script.
A 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-Three 6-Four victory represented 24-year-old Karlovic’s 11th Tour win as Hewitt turned simply the second man to lose within the first spherical at Wimbledon as a defending champion.
Patriots are Hunt-ed down in 2017
The defending Super Bowl champions have had the honour of kicking off the NFL common season since 2004 and there was one other championship banner being unveiled in Foxborough on September 7, 2017.
— NFL (@NFL) September 8, 2017
Pre-game discuss surrounded the opportunity of the New England Patriots going 19-0. The Kansas City Chiefs had different concepts, although, routing Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in their very own yard in a 42-27 success as rookie working again Kareem Hunt went off for 246 yards from scrimmage.
Belichick and Brady bounced again and New England completed 13-Three earlier than making one other Super Bowl, the place Nick Foles and the ‘underdog’ Philadelphia Eagles lifted the Lombardi Trophy in Minnesota.