I’m yet to work it out, but I will keep you posted. 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. Probably the only thing that is certain at the moment, is that Cameron’s fishing boat just gained a few extra feet, and that he will be a very busy boy for the next few days. However, a few games into the 2011 season, Gayle was called in by RCB as a replacement for Dirk Nannes and as they say, the rest is history. In 85 games for the Karnataka outfit, the opener scored 3,163 runs, along with the highest-ever T20 score of 175* against PWI in 2013. We sat chewing the fat for about 20 minutes on the issue. Can he make changes? However, after he was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for Dirk Nannes in 2011, he never looked back. 16th man is not a bad job if you can get it. 2 games to go, and 2 wins needed to stay in the competition. 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. However, Gayle had different ideas. Let’s get one things straight … Captains have always whinged about it being a tough job. RCB vs South Australian Redbacks. Me a look fi cut ya now!! 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. M38: CSK vs KKR – Dirk Nannes Interview. 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. 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. Good hitting Grinch! But I know that I’m privileged to be part of the game. (maybe without the motorcade part as we were on our own, but it seemed at least 50% presidential, and lets not let the truth get in the way of my story). Classed officially as ‘entourage’, I was left on my own to discover what a 16th man actually does. Gayle is currently part of the Kings XI Punjab squad. 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. A bit nerdy I know, but there is only so much commercial radio I can listen to at any one time. He looked un-nerved on the field, a confidence that he rightly developed over his last few seasons with Victoria. As a cricketer, you always have 2 mindsets that follow you around. A bowler approaches the cricket crease with only one goal - to make the batsmen face the music 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. As a bonus, they put me into the CT Scan machine to show me how cool it was. RCB ended at the top of the points table with 9 wins in 14 matches. What happens when you are announced as the Australian captain? Shipperd is a good judge of talent, and along with most who have seen him feel he has far bigger things to come. I just hope I can be a part of it as well. But RCB decided to bring him in as an injury replacement for Dirk Nannes and as they say, the rest is history. How does it actually happen? It was a tough slog, but it introduced me to audiobooks. Who knows what’s going to happen now. We had a bulletproof car! 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. For starters, much of my time was spent coming to grips with the role of the 16th man in a world cup squad. 8K likes. 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. 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. 11a and b were taken by two very respectable looking retirees who were not going to move. But there would be one problem … Olympic cycling may not have liked him. After crushing Somerset on the 3rd, we then moved on to the game of the tournament, and what many are touting as the best T20 game of all time. https://www.sportskeeda.com/team/royal-challengers-bangalore 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. 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 went on to smash hundreds and fifties for fun. Next step is training today – why train after a game I ask? 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. His peak years were between 2011 and 2013, and he won the orange cap in 2012 and 2013. Crap result, but a good place to tour as entourage. Does he have a say at the selection table? That was the beginning of the most genuine connections between a team and its fans. In 2013 Dale Steyn … No player is even close to Gayle’s record in T20 cricket. However, you have not come to know Aaron because he is a good bloke. When you aren’t part of the main touring plans, things just work differently – normally a lot worse. Aaron Finch has developed his game to become a shining light of Australian cricket youth. They are wrong: it is character. What a load of crap! All I can hope is that Cameron takes his captaincy style from Victoria with him on the National team. Gayle joined RCB for the 2011 IPL as a replacement for Australian Dirk Nannes. Let’s see if history can repeat itself. Their supporters are fanatical. 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. Time will tell, but I’m tipping he won’t be playing much more for Victoria, instead donning the Australian colours in all forms of the game for years to come. Very hard 2 accept this kind of bowling figure! RCB Auction 2020. The last 3 days have been nothing short of spectacular. Recently, he had a run in with former teammate Nick Jewell who from all reports was ‘being a chop’. The name Chris Gayle rang around the Chinnaswamy on a plethora of occasions in the following seven years. 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. And who the hell understands that crap? Family holidays, and French/Austrian alps aren’t conducive to fast bowling. Gayle storm After being unsold initially in 2011, Gayle was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore after Dirk Nannes suffered an injury. A presidential motorcade! 3 weeks in India, and my next appointment will be Zimbabwe in late November, followed by the huge Big Bash season with the Melbourne Renegades. He is confident, self-assured, and a natural born leader. I captained the mighty ICS Lions to the title on my first try. But it didn’t take Gayle long to get into his stride. 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 … One such instance was yesterday morning. 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. I thought I was improvising to get 6 in my old Datsun Stanza, so 7 in the Vitara was most entertaining. ), and NO, Hilditch’s call is not more important. 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. IPL 2015 Orange Cap Winner - David Warner (SRH) But what contrasting emotions they can bring. Today, Rajiv’s rocketship was an Indian Suzuki Vitara, with the engine from my Dad’s 1985 ride-on mower. 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. Dirk Nannes divulges backdated corruption in BPL . He was Royal Challengers Bangalore’s leading wicket-taker for two seasons, in 2012 and 2013. We were 0-2, and not looking like winning. Back in the UK, my already shortened ‘mini-pre-season’ were some damn hard yards. What graces or perks are given to an Australian captain? Find RCB scores, stats, fixtures, results, schedules and news about Royal Challengers Bangalore on this page. I can only imagine the thoughts. 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’ve got a lot to learn! 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! The rest of the team flew out last night, but we were staying behind to catch different flights. Before getting on the plane our twitter banter went something like this: @dirk_nannes: @henrygayle Unlucky big man. He was 3 for 5 in the 2 T20 warm up games, including a first baller to me which gave me much pleasure. 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. Is the style of Australia’s play dictated at all or even influenced by the captain? 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. After all, isn’t that what we play the game for? 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! This move changed RCB's fortunes as Gayle won the Orange Cap and took RCB to the final. Official Partners. He just bludgeoned them! 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. This contrast is never more evident as when you are playing in an IPL side. Any Australian dressing room has a lot of egos to fit in. 2. Umpire Partner. Take this brief summation from one of my twitter followers: “Horrible bowling tonight v KKR. My wife sat in the Radiologist’s room drinking Chai tea, and heard everything about the place from the excited owner. 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). For a boat, we made it to the airport in record time. 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. Aaron Finch is a talented, likeable young cricketer who has a massive future in the game. Seriously?!? I managed to sneak in a road trip with the family through Europe. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. We’ll see if that pans out. The poor 80y.o. Carl Sagan […] Bear has learned to pick his battles, and this was not one of them. Lol. The innings against his former team where he announced his arrival signalled the beginning of a new chapter in RCB history. David Warner gets two boundaries in the second over though, and 13 runs come off that over from Dirk Nannes, including two wides. 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. Yes, he drinks. Weigh it all down with a ton of bulletproof glass, and this ride was more like a sailing of the Queen Mary. His flexibility and ability to adapt helped RCB reach the finals of the tournament in 2016. The only positive of leaving a tournament is getting back to the family. https://cricket.yahoo.net/news/ipl-2020-3-popular-players-162335822 The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is owned by business tycoon Dr. Vijay Mallya. Gayle had endured slightly underwhelming few seasons with KKR prior to 2011. 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. 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. 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. Christmas came and went, and then we started moving. “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! After Chris Gayle replaced Dirk Nannes, Royal Challengers Bangalore made a comeback and won 7 games consecutively. Or is he just the fall guy when things go pear shaped? Seriously … what crap timing! If history tells us anything about our side, we tend to make things hard. Victorian coach Greg Shipperd thinks so as well, picking up Aaron for $300k in the recent IPL auction for Delhi. I’ll be honest, before the last game against the Redbacks, common sense got a hold of me. The highs and lows of cricket are amazing. We also know that the Australian captain of T20 is not allowed to have the seat written on his boarding pass. 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. 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. They were so proud of the place. The flipside to these downfalls is the glorious stuff that comes with touring, the things that you can’t really explain to people unless they are there. But as I queried above, history did repeat! But he’s a damn fine cricketer and will always be one of the first picked in my team. When I was a kid designing my bulletproof car out of Lego, it had a massive engine. Should I even take a kit bag on away trips? Here I am, CLT20 semi-final about 4 hours away, and I am about to cast away the outside world, the hype of the situation, and the expectation of the fans for a few hours while we try and win another game of cricket. What a game of cricket! 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. Aaron is not your run of the mill, robotic cricketer that has come through the system. Dirk Peter Nannes (born 16 May 1976) is an Australian-Dutch cricket commentator and former cricketer who has played internationally for both Australia and the Netherlands, one of the few players to represent multiple international teams. 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. Gayle started off the tournament with a century (102* off 55 balls) against Kolkata Knight Riders, giving the Challengers an emphatic 9-wicket win. 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’). 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. I have used my IT degree for the first time in attaching a B-grade photo of the car here: Shaun Tait, a random policemen with too many stars on his arm and I with the bulletproof rocketship. Daniel was made the captain and he delivered as well. At the end of the day, it’s about his cricket, and oh how far he has come. I wish Bear all the very best in his new position. The cities seem to come alive, and the entire city wants you to be part of their lives. What the hell does that mean? Since the auction, Finch debuted for Australia, and whacked them everywhere. Gayle featured in 85 games for Bangalore, amassing 3,163 runs, which included 5 centuries and 19 half-centuries. 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 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. 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. My wife has picked up her old sport of horse-riding (eventing), which could prove my financial undoing, but as they say ‘Happy wife, happy life’. ”. Seriously, how many times do you see that on TV these days? 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. He knows how to win. Gayle never got going consistently in the first three editions of the IPL. 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