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Outgoing head coach Brendon McCullum bid farewell to Kolkata Knight Riders players and said that even after his departure he would follow his career and franchise. The former New Zealand captain, who is set to join England as coach before the three-Test series against the Kiwis in June, thanked CEO Venky Mysore for letting him wear the head coach’s hat in 2019. Full coverage of IPL 2022

McCullum coached two-time champion Kolkata to the runners-up spot in the previous IPL edition, which started in India but was completed in the UAE due to a coronavirus epidemic. Led by new captain Shreyas Iyer, the franchise finished sixth this season with eight defeats and six wins in 14 games.

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“First of all, thank you Venky for the great learning curve,” McCullum said in a video shared by KKR.

“I love you, guys. I know how the seasons always want you to get out. But I liked all of you. My style of training is not about cricket, it’s about life and it’s about relationships and giving you confidence. I feel like you trusted me to help you. .

“Anyway, here’s my number, so don’t hesitate to call me at any point. I’ll follow all your careers and definitely the franchise,” he added.

McCullum scored an unbeaten 158 off 73 balls for Kolkata Knight Riders in the first match of the 2008 IPL edition. Before signing, he shared a message with captain Shreyas. “Leader, it’s going to run with your franchise. So all the very best.”

The 40-year-old McCullum will replace Chris Silverwood, who left the role in February after England lost 4-0 at the Ashes in Australia.

In their last league match of the ongoing IPL season, Kolkata suffered a minor defeat against the Lucknow Super Giants. Rinku Singh scored a breathtaking win by scoring 40 off his 15 balls but was ruled out for a spectacular catch by Evin Lewis with one hand in the final delivery.

McCullum praised the Indian batter and wished Kolkata’s future in the T20 league. “Rinku is a player who will invest in KKR over the next few years, no doubt and he will really see progress and will probably challenge for more honors,” he told reporters after his final match as head coach in Kolkata.

“Not many people will be able to bat in the middle order and be able to try to pull games off the fire as they did for us on a couple of occasions.”

“With Brendanable’s challenge to coach England before me, I am heading in a different direction. But I will follow all the KKR guys and especially Rinku.

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