2. Brendon McCullum (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 158* runs
When IPL was launched in 2008, people were eager to see the tournament because of its unique nature. In the inaugural match of the IPL history, New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum gave a blazing start to the lucrative league with his mind-boggling knock of 158 runs. Players like McCullum and innings like this are the reasons which draws huge crowd to the ground and glues viewers on their TV sets. Baz took 73 deliveries to score 158 runs and did so with the help of 13 sixes and 10 fours at Bangalore. All the RCB bowlers were just clueless as the Kiwi batter was just unstoppable and played one heck of an innings.