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By Dhiraj | Mar 21, 2019 09:40 AM

The KL Rahul we know now is not the KL Rahul of the old. He started off as a technically correct batsman who didn't play too many aggressive shots.
So what made him change his approach to batting?

Mccullum\'s 158 impact on KL Rahul

KL Rahul, when he was just 16 years old, watched Brendon Mccullum's 158 runs in the first game of the IPL and was instantly blown away. This knock inspired KL Rahul in a huge way and according to him, was the turning point where he decided to change his batting style. He also added saying that, he had started practicing hitting sixes and trying out other fancy shots after that day.

Coming into the IPL as a player, the first few seasons didn't go very well for him, but his transfer to the Royal Challengers Bangalore really turned around his career in the short format and since then hasn't looked back. He then went on to the Kings XI Punjab where he had his best season smashing 659 runs at a strike rate of 158.41.

From a teenager who got inspired by Mccullums innings, now has gone on to become a player who is creating a similar impact. He will be hoping to have another great season with Punjab with the World cup just around the corner as well.