Umpire Partner. 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. NSW are 15/0. How does it actually happen? Violent batting. He has been scoring truckload of runs across all T20 leagues around the world. 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. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is owned by business tycoon Dr. Vijay Mallya. I wish my batting could be described as violent one day … just one innings of my life perhaps? When you aren’t part of the main touring plans, things just work differently – normally a lot worse. 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. 8K likes. Daniel was made the captain and he delivered as well. Crap result, but a good place to tour as entourage. Hope you talk clearer than you tweet. 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. I am absolutely stoked to be involved with such a young, fresh, high-risk/high-reward style of side like the Renegades. Back in the UK, my already shortened ‘mini-pre-season’ were some damn hard yards. They were so proud of the place. However, Gayle had different ideas. Christmas came and went, and then we started moving. But there would be one problem … Olympic cycling may not have liked him. I’d already been looking into flights home to the UK. Until last year, Chris Gayle was the hottest property for all the T20 franchise across the world, including the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dec 15 2017 . ... RCB 145 / 6 V 150 / 2 CSK Oct 29; Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets. Should I even take a kit bag on away trips? Gayle is currently part of the Kings XI Punjab squad. A few well placed head wobbles to key people, and we were on our flight. You’re stuck with me from London to Bangalore. He didn’t even have a valid visa after getting snubbed at the auction, but things changed and Chris Gayle was in India within a week. Clearly by this tweet, I’m already on to him about his writing, but an hour later he comes out with this one: @henrygayle:  2pm….jamaican talk! Dirk Nannes is famously remembered for getting injured and making way for Chris Gayle in the RCB side. 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. Seriously, how many times do you see that on TV these days? In all a good win, and a great percentage booster. Whatever happens, it will be bloody exciting to watch us go at it on the field. After RCB lost Dirk Nannes due to injury, they signed Gayle in what was both a stroke of luck and a shrewd decision. 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! However, you have not come to know Aaron because he is a good bloke. He was ruled out of the 2011 season, and in … He is confident, self-assured, and a natural born leader. Take this brief summation from one of my twitter followers: “Horrible bowling tonight v KKR. The simple pleasures, like a room at each hotel, were often hard to come by without waiting an hour in reception because my name was not on the team list. (Search for ICS Lions on facebook and there are heaps of photos on there). The name Chris Gayle rang around the Chinnaswamy on a plethora of occasions in the following seven years. 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. He went on to become the Universe Boss and a T20 legend. Long may he retain it, and may he lead the Australian side to success in the very near future. Title Sponsor. 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. Lol. We’ll see if that pans out. Does he have a say at the selection table? His cricket brain works faster that most, and with Victoria he has been in charge of a winning side for many years. 2012: Chennai Super Kings His record of 973 runs remains intact and unbeaten. The local constabulary came to our aid, and this time it was the stuff that kids dream about. 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. 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. 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. My personal highlights of games are when things get nasty on the field, when feelings come into a game. Family holidays, and French/Austrian alps aren’t conducive to fast bowling. Aaron Finch has developed his game to become a shining light of Australian cricket youth. Carl Sagan […] 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. Apparently it was always Aaron’s fault. Classed officially as ‘entourage’, I was left on my own to discover what a 16th man actually does. Gayle featured in 85 games for Bangalore, amassing 3,163 runs, which included 5 centuries and 19 half-centuries. And the rest, as they say, is history. At least we know that cricket isn’t the be-all and end-all in life. We were stuck, no ride, a plane to catch, and not enough time to do it … what the hell were we going to do? ”. I’d started getting excited to take my boy to his rugby this Sunday. And who the hell understands that crap? Since last playing for Victoria in the One Day final in February, it’s been a roller-coaster ride. Dirk Nannes RCB, Bangalore, India. Those were the first 102 runs of the 3163 he would go on to score for Bangalore, the first of 5 centuries he would score in RCB colors, and the beginning of a special 7-year connection with RCB and a lifetime bond with RCB fans. Gayle went unsold in the subsequent auction, but RCB signed him as Dirk Nannes' replacement. RCB need to do better“. We had a great campaign, with a super talented squad, and only a stumble in the last few games cost us a place in the finals. I won’t go into the game itself, but talk about a bit of the off-field life. I can assure you that there was no presidential treatment in seat 34c on the JetLite flight to Mumbai, but like all good flights, I managed to walk off at my destination. Another great win from the guys last night. Aaron Finch is a talented, likeable young cricketer who has a massive future in the game. Not enough, and I love it. I thought I was improvising to get 6 in my old Datsun Stanza, so 7 in the Vitara was most entertaining. 11a and b were taken by two very respectable looking retirees who were not going to move. Weigh it all down with a ton of bulletproof glass, and this ride was more like a sailing of the Queen Mary. Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. I was looking forward to blogging most days whilst at the World Cup, but things just got in the way. Instead he’ll be watching me and yelling at the TV. His peak years were between 2011 and 2013, and he won the orange cap in 2012 and 2013. 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. The campaign had been lacklustre till that point. Never one to back down, Aaron has always been the bad boy to the Victorian cricket administrators. When you put your foot down, it went faster than a Ferrari, screeching tyres, flames coming out the back and lots of noise. What a game of cricket! Less exciting was the 100 miles each way to games and training. With Hodge and Finch at the top of the order whacking them around the park, it was always going to be an easy game for the bowlers. I was lucky enough to be involved with Surrey in the UK T20 competition. But it didn’t take Gayle long to get into his stride. Since the auction, Finch debuted for Australia, and whacked them everywhere. The last 3 days have been nothing short of spectacular. May as well just take a backpack with my bowling boots and a smile. Is the style of Australia’s play dictated at all or even influenced by the captain? However, after he was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for Dirk Nannes in 2011, he never looked back. 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. The cities seem to come alive, and the entire city wants you to be part of their lives. I let that half-written blog sit open for a few days on my laptop, and didn’t bother posting or finishing it, because frankly I couldn’t be bothered writing any more. Are we good enough? The 55-ball knock of 102 runs, which included 10 boundaries and 7 hits over the fence had set the tone for what was to follow. The rest of the team flew out last night, but we were staying behind to catch different flights. Albert Einstein *Science is organized knowledge. And it’s a testament to the team’s ability to block out all our outside influences, and go back to the simple things. Gayle started off the tournament with a century (102* off 55 balls) against Kolkata Knight Riders, giving the Challengers an emphatic 9-wicket win. 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 has a refreshing ‘tell it like it is’ attitude, most likely developed from his time growing up in country Victoria. IPL 2015 Orange Cap Winner - David Warner (SRH) Today, Rajiv’s rocketship was an Indian Suzuki Vitara, with the engine from my Dad’s 1985 ride-on mower. 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. 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. We live permanently in the UK, with the kids in school, everyone settled, and great neighbours. 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. Previously, RCB and I thought I was ineligible as I was replaced by Chris Gayle, but in India, anything is possible. Forgive me if I’m rusty. https://cricket.yahoo.net/news/ipl-2020-3-popular-players-162335822 The adulation of winning is amazing. The bowlers were consistent as always. 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. RCB vs South Australian Redbacks. 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,… As a cricketer, you always have 2 mindsets that follow you around. Chris Gayle, after going unsold at the Auction, joined RCB as a replacement to the injured Dirk Nannes. 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. 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. A good win last night, and well done to Ricky Bobby (Quiney) on his maiden ton. Chris Gayle was destined to be an RCB player. A bowler approaches the cricket crease with only one goal - to make the batsmen face the music 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. IPL teams are something else. Chris Gayle was bought as a replacement by RCB for Dirk Nannes during IPL 4. Official Partners. As 16th man, I didn’t enjoy the common luxuries like the rest of the squad. And boy, when he did, there was nowhere to hide for the Kolkata bowlers. The only positive of leaving a tournament is getting back to the family. Chris Gayle was available to be picked as a replacement. Finch brings that feeling into every game he plays. 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 just hope I can be a part of it as well. Victorian coach Greg Shipperd thinks so as well, picking up Aaron for $300k in the recent IPL auction for Delhi. You see, when you are an Indian policeman, it’s important to make sure that when transporting any cricketers, you alert as many people as possible. But he’s a damn fine cricketer and will always be one of the first picked in my team. They are wrong: it is character. He knows how to win. Going through the system, rather than be a ‘Yes man’ like so many trying to ply their trade in Australian colours, Aaron has done it his own way. Next came my short IPL campaign. We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and to show you non-personalized ads. Yes, he drinks. 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. A presidential motorcade! Aaron is not your run of the mill, robotic cricketer that has come through the system. As a bonus, they put me into the CT Scan machine to show me how cool it was. We sat chewing the fat for about 20 minutes on the issue. He has shot into the Aussie ranks quicker than most, and it’s not without reason. BUT … that didn’t make it less entertaining. #isThereATranslatorOnBoard. Who knows what’s going to happen now. At the end of the day, it’s about his cricket, and oh how far he has come. Me a look fi cut ya now!! I can’t end without mentioning my career sporting highlight that occurred about a month ago – The ‘All Out Cricket’ magazine September issue. Find RCB scores, stats, fixtures, results, schedules and news about Royal Challengers Bangalore on this page. It’s a roller-coaster that only a privileged few get to ride. This time it was the ‘Rest of the World’ team in a game against England at the HAC ground in London – A cracking venue, right in the heart of London. But as I queried above, history did repeat! 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. 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. Recently, he had a run in with former teammate Nick Jewell who from all reports was ‘being a chop’. 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. Their supporters are fanatical. ), and NO, Hilditch’s call is not more important. 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. I wish Bear all the very best in his new position. I, the rest of the team and the whole of Bangalore feel we can do it. The innings against his former team where he announced his arrival signalled the beginning of a new chapter in RCB history. What graces or perks are given to an Australian captain? It’s been a tough start to the CLT20 for the Bangalore boys. I was kicking back on the farm in Mansfield mastering my chain-sawing and fine-tuning my lagging social skills with old skiing mates around the fire, when I got a call from Andrew Hilditch. 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). Gone was our standard bus with 4 police cars out in front, sirens blaring, announcing that a cricket team was coming through and that all within 500m should run quickly to the roadside to say Hi. Why? Other times I made it to Surrey for a bowl in the middle of The Oval for training. The kind of engine that Batman’s car had. Uday our reliable driver’s job brief was to pick up 2 Australian’s from the hotel this morning. One such instance was yesterday morning. 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. Still playing as the designated non-batter at the moment – how do I change that without getting an opportunity to impress? 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. Turns out it’s “I’m about to leave now”. While most would not look too much into this result, on face value Shipperd put a lot of money into buying an unproven cricketer on the big stage. He did that most ably, but he took the wrong 2 Aussies – most likely just a couple of backpackers from Sydney who were wrapped to have a free car and driver for the day, cruising Ahmadabad in a futile attempt to find something remotely interesting. Back then, not many were confident of RCB’s chances, but Kallis made it a point to silence the critics. The highs and lows of cricket are amazing. I captained the mighty ICS Lions to the title on my first try. He was Royal Challengers Bangalore’s leading wicket-taker for two seasons, in 2012 and 2013. 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. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. Maybe the finger was pointed at him because he always told the truth, rather than the standard practice of hiding away and blaming others. 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. It was a tough slog, but it introduced me to audiobooks. The last 6 weeks have been my first long break from cricket in what seems like years. Makes for brilliant change room banter, and I’ll be showing this one to my great-grandkids when I’m in my cricket-induced wheelchair. RCB ended at the top of the points table with 9 wins in 14 matches. The first thing I know is that Qantas flight staff do NOT allow Australian captains to receive the news over the phone during a safety briefing. He remained unsold in that year's auction. I’d started writing a blog about 5 days ago now, and it went something like this: 2 games and 2 losses. If it keeps us on the park and winning, then I am happy to be involved! … Thanks buddy! “Yes Rajiv, those 47 people across the road can see you have 2 cricketers in the car … we can leave now … come on Rajiv, no need to call your mother-in-law to come and take your photo … yes Rajiv, you can have ‘one snap’ with Mr Tait in front of your car … no Rajiv, just get in the bloody car and drive already! The MRI facility that confirmed it was classical India. 489 02:03 05 Mar 15. But the life of a T20 player is an interesting one. The World Cup is over for us, but it was a good time. 16th man is not a bad job if you can get it. Official Broadcaster. The poor 80y.o. What a team! Or is he just the fall guy when things go pear shaped? But in life, some things are meant to be and can never be avoided. But I know that I’m privileged to be part of the game. Aravind came into the Royal Challengers as a replacement for Dirk Nannes and the made the most of the opportunity that came his way. When I was a kid designing my bulletproof car out of Lego, it had a massive engine. You can read more about that iun my previous post. And the rest is history. The improbable and thrilling final ball 6 of the last game has taken me away from watching my boy at rubgy this weekend. M38: CSK vs KKR – Dirk Nannes Interview. Arun Karthik exults after hitting a six off the last delivery of the match to propel RCB into the semifinal of the Champions League T20. A bit nerdy I know, but there is only so much commercial radio I can listen to at any one time. But the ‘Alan’ Finch story is an entertaining one, and I was next to him on a desperately ageing Qantas plane to Perth and spoke to him a little about his cricket. 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. I sure hope so. After Chris Gayle replaced Dirk Nannes, Royal Challengers Bangalore made a comeback and won 7 games consecutively. If history tells us anything about our side, we tend to make things hard. 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