Hell, call in your mates for a photo, get your hair gel out, put your best sunnies on, but lets just get on with it! Maybe his hair needs a little work, and he can stop using “obviously”, “I suppose” and “I guess” in interviews, but fortunately at last check these were not pre-requisites of the job. The World Cup is over for us, but it was a good time. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. A week later I was on a plane as 16th man in the World Cup in India. Yes, he blows bubbles with his gum when a bowler is running in to bowl. I’d started writing a blog about 5 days ago now, and it went something like this: 2 games and 2 losses. This move changed RCB's fortunes as Gayle won the Orange Cap and took RCB to the final. Uday our reliable driver’s job brief was to pick up 2 Australian’s from the hotel this morning. Squad List. More importantly, I didn’t get my name sewn in to my towels in each changeroom, or the fancy memorabilia that Tony Greig would call an ‘Original, 6 inch ICC Commemorative World Cup Replica Trophy’, complete with ‘Handmade Luxury Display Case’ that would no doubt be a collector’s item to be passed down the generations … I can just see Ricky’s grandchildren 45 years from now proudly displaying this dust collector in its original luxury display case. At this stage, speedster Dirk Nannes was ruled out of the tournament and RCB team management named West Indian opener Chris Gayle as his replacement. Finch told Jewell some home truths that no one else had the gall to say, Finch got whacked, but rather than punch back, ‘Alan’ stood his ground and kept firing back with only words. Christmas came and went, and then we started moving. You can read more about that iun my previous post. But in life, some things are meant to be and can never be avoided. There is: (a) the on-field ‘win-from-any-position’, don’t give up mentality; and (b) his poor, secret, often neglected and disagreeing off-field friend that we call common sense. A jet-lagged, tired, Chris Gayle opening the batting with Tilakaratne Dilshan, started off gently as his Sri Lankan partner took the initiative to score quickly. My personal highlights of games are when things get nasty on the field, when feelings come into a game. He just bludgeoned them! Gayle started off the tournament with a century (102* off 55 balls) against Kolkata Knight Riders, giving the Challengers an emphatic 9-wicket win. When you aren’t part of the main touring plans, things just work differently – normally a lot worse. Batman’s machine didn’t have 4 policemen with guns sandwiched inside, and last time I checked you couldn’t even register a Suzuki Vitara at home to carry 7 people. He is an outstanding team man, with knowledge of the game beyond his years. Yes, he drinks. And boy, when he did, there was nowhere to hide for the Kolkata bowlers. He has learned his craft under the best in the business in Hodge, McDonald, Shipperd, Hussey and White, and has been given ample opportunity to develop his game. Aaron Finch has developed his game to become a shining light of Australian cricket youth. For starters, much of my time was spent coming to grips with the role of the 16th man in a world cup squad. RCB Auction 2020. I was lucky enough to be involved with Surrey in the UK T20 competition. I think he could have won the last Olympics as a track cyclist as he’s got a massive arse, and his legs would put most sprint cyclists to shame. Now before you think Hollywood drama, it’s important you realise that we’re still in India, so it wasn’t your classic Hollywood 2 second getaway with tyres screeching. Their journey year by year is as follow: The Journey of 2008 The inaugural season for RCB was blessed with legends like Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Anil Kumble, Mark Boucher,… A short and sharp stint, as within 2 games, my season was over thanks to a nasty little side strain. When you put your foot down, it went faster than a Ferrari, screeching tyres, flames coming out the back and lots of noise. Right or wrong, he’s the guy who was first pointed at by the coach if the entire team was out the night before the game. He remained unsold in that year's auction. The kind of engine that Batman’s car had. RCB ended at the top of the points table with 9 wins in 14 matches. After the disappointment of being booted from the T20 in the UK, I thought I had until the Melbourne Renegades campaign in December to relax. The MRI facility that confirmed it was classical India. Look for good in people, be compassionate: Virat Kohli, IPL can be held before the T20 World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar, AB de Villiers Interview Part 1 | RCB | Bold Diaries, My COVID Heroes | RCB salutes the Real Challengers | Rhea Shah, SRH v RCB | Braving the Conditions | Bold Diaries, Bold Is Fit: RCB v RR Match Day Challenge. Dec 15 2017 . Gayle went on to smash hundreds and fifties for fun. For a boat, we made it to the airport in record time. Gayle went unsold in the subsequent auction, but RCB signed him as Dirk Nannes' replacement. But I think we already knew that. He was Royal Challengers Bangalore’s leading wicket-taker for two seasons, in 2012 and 2013. A few great cricketing names were at Singapore in Shane Bond, Shoiab Akhtar, Sanath Jayasuriya, and some Aussies like Luke Pomersbach (WA), Liam Davis (WA), Rhett Lockyer (TAS), Michael Dighton (TAS), and a heap of other people who just appeared out of the woodwork. They were so proud of the place. He is not the perfect athlete, and may have picked the wrong sport about 5 years ago. Whisked into a back street by barely competent drivers, a shack turned out to be the most high-tech imaging joint I’ve seen anywhere in the world (and as a fast bowler I’ve seen many). This contrast is never more evident as when you are playing in an IPL side. The rest of the team flew out last night, but we were staying behind to catch different flights. Shipperd is a good judge of talent, and along with most who have seen him feel he has far bigger things to come. I, the rest of the team and the whole of Bangalore feel we can do it. But he’s a damn fine cricketer and will always be one of the first picked in my team. Good hitting Grinch! A bit nerdy I know, but there is only so much commercial radio I can listen to at any one time. After Chris Gayle replaced Dirk Nannes, Royal Challengers Bangalore made a comeback and won 7 games consecutively. He puts the fun back into cricket. Gayle storm After being unsold initially in 2011, Gayle was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore after Dirk Nannes suffered an injury. He looked un-nerved on the field, a confidence that he rightly developed over his last few seasons with Victoria. Until last year, Chris Gayle was the hottest property for all the T20 franchise across the world, including the Indian Premier League (IPL). I know Cameron is well liked in those circles, and I trust that his appointment will be met as positive news by everyone on the team. Turns out it’s “I’m about to leave now”. For anyone watching the game, the slog by Finch on the last ball of the first over was a huge shot in the context of the game, and contrary to his recent warm-up game form, it came out of the middle. The local cricket ground is a lonely place by yourself on wet and windy days in the UK, but that was all I could use to get bowling loads in on most days. What a team! He has a refreshing ‘tell it like it is’ attitude, most likely developed from his time growing up in country Victoria. I have been a die hard fan of RCB for the last 10 years. Chris Gayle joining the RCB due to a side strain that prevented Dirk Nannes from participating in IPL 2011 will go down as one of the significant moments for the league in the years to come. At the auction preceding the 2011 IPL edition, all the franchises, as if they had all conspired to avoid his destruction, had ignored the Caribbean King. We live permanently in the UK, with the kids in school, everyone settled, and great neighbours. The local constabulary came to our aid, and this time it was the stuff that kids dream about. However, Gayle had different ideas. 16th man is not a bad job if you can get it. Aside from it’s in depth articles on everything cricket related, it’s got a brilliant piece on the 27 Coolest Cricketers of all time. They are wrong: it is character. Another great win from the guys last night. I’ve got to get myself from the sloth of couch surfing and enjoying a beer, to being a tear-away quick in the space of 4 weeks. I ask him about his feelings in his first game, and fortunately he was shitting bricks like everyone else would. What happens when you are announced as the Australian captain? He tried to act cool, but I could see his mind turning, trying to come to terms with what it actually meant to him, how his life would change. One such instance was yesterday morning. A day or so before I set off, I heard from India that the rules were changed to allow me to compete in the CLT20 with Royal Challengers Bangalore this month. In all a good win, and a great percentage booster. The last 3 days have been nothing short of spectacular. I was looking forward to blogging most days whilst at the World Cup, but things just got in the way. Whatever happens, it will be bloody exciting to watch us go at it on the field. The Gayle storm had arrived! I’d already been looking into flights home to the UK. Back then, RCB too were going through a difficult phase with their campaign in danger of being over well before the play-off stage. The Karnataka lad who is applauded less for his contributions to the Ranji team and for RCB is one of the best players who has featured for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Can he make changes? 489 02:03 05 Mar 15. Other times I made it to Surrey for a bowl in the middle of The Oval for training. My wife sat in the Radiologist’s room drinking Chai tea, and heard everything about the place from the excited owner. I’ve slipped in to 17th place, and best of all it’s above people like Chris Gayle (who was considered to be ‘trying too hard to be cool’). IPL teams are something else. Chris Gayle, a pure entertainer and an obvious choice for any T20 team, had for reasons unknown not been a huge success with his first team Kolkata Knight Riders. I enjoyed a recent T20 game at the ‘G when Nesser from QLD bowled his first ball for the game. When I was a kid designing my bulletproof car out of Lego, it had a massive engine. The poor 80y.o. We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and to show you non-personalized ads. And who the hell understands that crap? Australian sport in general has become a bit of a nanny state – no one can have their own point of view, no one can have their own colour, no one can sledge or make comment in the media unless it’s promoting the next ‘big game’ or goodwill cause. He was 3 for 5 in the 2 T20 warm up games, including a first baller to me which gave me much pleasure. In 2013 Dale Steyn … Never one to back down, Aaron has always been the bad boy to the Victorian cricket administrators. We had a bulletproof car! The campaign had been lacklustre till that point. He has shot into the Aussie ranks quicker than most, and it’s not without reason. Bear has learned to pick his battles, and this was not one of them. M38: CSK vs KKR – Dirk Nannes Interview. Any Australian dressing room has a lot of egos to fit in. Gayle had just finished partying in Jamaica at 3 AM when he received a call from RCB owners, asking if he’s fit to join the team. Cricket can be such an easy sport when you are winning, and the difference between a win or a loss can be the smallest of margins. ”. I wish my batting could be described as violent one day … just one innings of my life perhaps? Since last playing for Victoria in the One Day final in February, it’s been a roller-coaster ride. The innings against his former team where he announced his arrival signalled the beginning of a new chapter in RCB history. What a load of crap! Aravind came into the Royal Challengers as a replacement for Dirk Nannes and the made the most of the opportunity that came his way. From Luke Ronchi to Roelof van der Merwe, these 6 cricketers represented two different countries in T20I cricket - The best example is the former Hong Kong skipper Anshuman Rath who … Aaron is not your run of the mill, robotic cricketer that has come through the system. Umpire Partner. Back in the UK, my already shortened ‘mini-pre-season’ were some damn hard yards. I hope mother nature and fate are on our side. And the rest is history. But it didn’t take Gayle long to get into his stride. The season was one of the more successful ones in the franchise’s history as the team made the finals, losing only two matches on the way. Gayle, who wasn’t part of any of the squads, joined RCB midway during the tournament in place of Dirk Nannes and announced his arrival with a terrific 102 not out versus Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens. As a cricketer, you always have 2 mindsets that follow you around. The phone rang and a few days later I was off to Singapore for the ‘Olam Cup’ – a local T20 comp organised by the local Indian expat community modelled on the IPL with 4 franchises, and 5 overseas players in each side. Let’s get one things straight … Captains have always whinged about it being a tough job. How far will Aaron Finch go? When Kolkata Knight Riders batted first and put on 171 on the board, the expectations were not high for RCB to chase the total down. I’ll be honest, before the last game against the Redbacks, common sense got a hold of me. I’m yet to work it out, but I will keep you posted. At the end of the day, it’s about his cricket, and oh how far he has come. After RCB lost Dirk Nannes due to injury, they signed Gayle in what was both a stroke of luck and a shrewd decision. It did not matter whether it was pace or spin, Indian or overseas bowlers, Gayle treated everyone with equal disdain. Less exciting was the 100 miles each way to games and training. The cities seem to come alive, and the entire city wants you to be part of their lives. But I know that I’m privileged to be part of the game. The team had lost 4 of the first five matches when one of the four key players for the team, Dirk Nannes was ruled out of the tournament, injured. His record of 973 runs remains intact and unbeaten. David Warner gets two boundaries in the second over though, and 13 runs come off that over from Dirk Nannes, including two wides. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. ... RCB 145 / 6 V 150 / 2 CSK Oct 29; Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets. What graces or perks are given to an Australian captain? In 2011, Chris Gayle was not picked by any franchise in the auctions but, out of the blue, he got a call from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and he was picked as Dirk Nannes’ replacement. After a brief holiday in Goa with the family, we packed up from Melbourne and moved to the UK, where we are now happily settled. How much influence on the side does the captain actually have? In the auctions, they went on to buy some great players including Daniel Vettori, Tillakaratne Dilshan, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gaye (a replacement for Dirk Nannes). (Search for ICS Lions on facebook and there are heaps of photos on there). A few well placed head wobbles to key people, and we were on our flight. Chris Gayle’s arrival at RCB against KKR in IPL 2011 However, the ability of the RCB team to pick ourselves from almost certain elimination to qualify is a testament to the fighting spirit in the group, where we throw common sense out the window for a few hours, forget that we are on the brink of an exit, trust in our abilities, and try to turn our tournament around. He knows how to win. Daniel was made the captain and he delivered as well. We like to lose a few games, be on the bottom of the table, and then come home with a wet sail into the finals. Or is he just the fall guy when things go pear shaped? RCB bowling: Nannes 4-0-27-1, Arvind 4-0-23-2, Vettori 4-0-25-2, Syed 3-0-25-0, Kohli 1-0-9-0, Gayle 1-0-24-0, Bhatkal 3-0-19-1. We also know that the Australian captain of T20 is not allowed to have the seat written on his boarding pass. I had the pleasure today of sitting next to Bear as he received the call he was the new Australian captain. His cricket brain works faster that most, and with Victoria he has been in charge of a winning side for many years. Once you are 100 after 11 overs with 9 wickets in the shed, it’s always going to result in fireworks, and Huss and White put on a good show. His peak years were between 2011 and 2013, and he won the orange cap in 2012 and 2013. Gayle storm had lit up the Eden Gardens, and swept away the hosts as RCB romped home to a 9-wicket win, chasing down a respectable total with utter ease. Take this brief summation from one of my twitter followers: “Horrible bowling tonight v KKR. We sat on the tarmac in Melbourne being told where the exits were (we’re sitting in one now Susanna, so thanks love, but I think we already know where it is! And I like that in a cricketer … a bit of niggle … someone with honesty, and who doesn’t mind picking a fight so long as it helps the cause. We’ll see if that pans out. He is confident, self-assured, and a natural born leader. Very hard 2 accept this kind of bowling figure! RCB roped in Gayle following an injury to Dirk Nannes Chris Gayle was one of the veteran cricketers who went unsold in the IPL 2011 auction. Maybe instead of a kit bag, I can take the boom box with quality tunes so we don’t need to listen to the BoxMan’s (Michael Hill) and C.Bass’s dribble all day. After some hiking that I will put down as my ‘pre-season’ campaign, I made it back to London in time to again captain another side to a title. 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