This contrast is never more evident as when you are playing in an IPL side. I’d already been looking into flights home to the UK. 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. 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. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is owned by business tycoon Dr. Vijay Mallya. It was a tough slog, but it introduced me to audiobooks. The cities seem to come alive, and the entire city wants you to be part of their lives. Back then, RCB too were going through a difficult phase with their campaign in danger of being over well before the play-off stage. 16th man is not a bad job if you can get it. Hope you talk clearer than you tweet. However, you have not come to know Aaron because he is a good bloke. We had a bulletproof car! 2012: Chennai Super Kings 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. As a cricketer, you always have 2 mindsets that follow you around. 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. Aaron Finch has developed his game to become a shining light of Australian cricket youth. Uday our reliable driver’s job brief was to pick up 2 Australian’s from the hotel this morning. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. Seriously, how many times do you see that on TV these days? His record of 973 runs remains intact and unbeaten. How does it actually happen? 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). What a load of crap! And who the hell understands that crap? If history tells us anything about our side, we tend to make things hard. And the rest, as they say, is history. If it keeps us on the park and winning, then I am happy to be involved! 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. But it didn’t take Gayle long to get into his stride. A bit nerdy I know, but there is only so much commercial radio I can listen to at any one time. (Search for ICS Lions on facebook and there are heaps of photos on there). I thought I was improvising to get 6 in my old Datsun Stanza, so 7 in the Vitara was most entertaining. 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. Hollywood action in downtown Ahmedabad! Never one to back down, Aaron has always been the bad boy to the Victorian cricket administrators. 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. 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’). The world cup, the 16th man, and the bulletproof car. Time will tell if I’ve done enough to prepare myself – I think I have. May as well just take a backpack with my bowling boots and a smile. 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. Me a look fi cut ya now!! 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. Umpire Partner. No player is even close to Gayle’s record in T20 cricket. We also know that the Australian captain of T20 is not allowed to have the seat written on his boarding pass. The poor 80y.o. For a boat, we made it to the airport in record time. It did not matter whether it was pace or spin, Indian or overseas bowlers, Gayle treated everyone with equal disdain. I have been a die hard fan of RCB for the last 10 years. 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. 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. I wish my batting could be described as violent one day … just one innings of my life perhaps? Recently, he had a run in with former teammate Nick Jewell who from all reports was ‘being a chop’. 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. I just hope I can be a part of it as well. However, Gayle had different ideas. I, the rest of the team and the whole of Bangalore feel we can do it. 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’. They are wrong: it is character. The kind of engine that Batman’s car had. Seriously … what crap timing! However, after he was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for Dirk Nannes in 2011, he never looked back. 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. The Gayle storm had arrived! I can only imagine the thoughts. At the end of the day, it’s about his cricket, and oh how far he has come. The rest of the team flew out last night, but we were staying behind to catch different flights. And the rest is history. A presidential motorcade! RCB vs South Australian Redbacks. I was lucky enough to be involved with Surrey in the UK T20 competition. He has a bit around the waist, thanks to a steady diet of ‘cans’ and ‘darts’ with his mates at the local. RCB ended at the top of the points table with 9 wins in 14 matches. The local constabulary came to our aid, and this time it was the stuff that kids dream about. When you put your foot down, it went faster than a Ferrari, screeching tyres, flames coming out the back and lots of noise. 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. Christmas came and went, and then we started moving. 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! Victorian coach Greg Shipperd thinks so as well, picking up Aaron for $300k in the recent IPL auction for Delhi. It’s been a tough start to the CLT20 for the Bangalore boys. Wisdom is organized life.“* Immanuel Kant If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants Isaac Newton Valid criticism does you a favor. But the life of a T20 player is an interesting one. He remained unsold in that year's auction. The MRI facility that confirmed it was classical India. I’ll be honest, before the last game against the Redbacks, common sense got a hold of me. He was Royal Challengers Bangalore’s leading wicket-taker for two seasons, in 2012 and 2013. 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). He was 3 for 5 in the 2 T20 warm up games, including a first baller to me which gave me much pleasure. Back then, not many were confident of RCB’s chances, but Kallis made it a point to silence the critics. 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. Gayle storm After being unsold initially in 2011, Gayle was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore after Dirk Nannes suffered an injury. A bowler approaches the cricket crease with only one goal - to make the batsmen face the music 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. 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. Aaron Finch is a talented, likeable young cricketer who has a massive future in the game. Let’s get one things straight … Captains have always whinged about it being a tough job. 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. 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. 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. Dirk Nannes divulges backdated corruption in BPL . 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. The last 3 days have been nothing short of spectacular. Long may he retain it, and may he lead the Australian side to success in the very near future. #isThereATranslatorOnBoard. Title Sponsor. Very hard 2 accept this kind of bowling figure! The only positive of leaving a tournament is getting back to the family. 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. If you haven’t seen any of the highlights, I strongly urge you to do yourself a favour and find that footage. He is not the perfect athlete, and may have picked the wrong sport about 5 years ago. All I can hope is that Cameron takes his captaincy style from Victoria with him on the National team. Not enough, and I love it. In all a good win, and a great percentage booster. 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Chris Gayle’s arrival at RCB against KKR in IPL 2011 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. Are we good enough? Gayle is currently part of the Kings XI Punjab squad. “Me a look fi cut ya now! Yes he picks a fight with his quick mouth on the field. This move changed RCB's fortunes as Gayle won the Orange Cap and took RCB to the final. 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. Aaron is not your run of the mill, robotic cricketer that has come through the system. He looked un-nerved on the field, a confidence that he rightly developed over his last few seasons with Victoria. David Warner gets two boundaries in the second over though, and 13 runs come off that over from Dirk Nannes, including two wides. 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. As 16th man, I didn’t enjoy the common luxuries like the rest of the squad. (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). Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. 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. 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. But I know that I’m privileged to be part of the game. But I think we already knew that. He puts the fun back into cricket. 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. I can’t end without mentioning my career sporting highlight that occurred about a month ago – The ‘All Out Cricket’ magazine September issue. They were so proud of the place. My wife sat in the Radiologist’s room drinking Chai tea, and heard everything about the place from the excited owner. 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. IPL 2015 Orange Cap Winner - David Warner (SRH) https://cricket.yahoo.net/news/ipl-2020-3-popular-players-162335822 A week later I was on a plane as 16th man in the World Cup in India. Good hitting Grinch! It’s a roller-coaster that only a privileged few get to ride. Violent batting. ”. 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. I sure hope so. How far will Aaron Finch go? He has shot into the Aussie ranks quicker than most, and it’s not without reason. Chris Gayle was destined to be an RCB player. 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! Dirk Nannes RCB, Bangalore, India. Official Broadcaster. 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. Gayle started off the tournament with a century (102* off 55 balls) against Kolkata Knight Riders, giving the Challengers an emphatic 9-wicket win. Their fourth game ended in a draw and were placed at the bottom of the points table after 5 matches. Gayle went unsold in the subsequent auction, but RCB signed him as Dirk Nannes' replacement. I had the pleasure today of sitting next to Bear as he received the call he was the new Australian 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. This move changed RCB's fortunes as Gayle won the Orange Cap and took RCB to the final. In 2011 auctions, RCB had only Virat Kohli in their kitty as he was the only one who was retained by the team. I wish Bear all the very best in his new position. I managed to sneak in a road trip with the family through Europe. The campaign had been lacklustre till that point. The bowlers were consistent as always. Squad List. We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and to show you non-personalized ads. The highs and lows of cricket are amazing. 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,… 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. 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. ), and NO, Hilditch’s call is not more important. Lol. His cricket brain works faster that most, and with Victoria he has been in charge of a winning side for many years. 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. Finch smashed him for 4 and quickly walked down the track telling Nesser he was ‘going down today’. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Gayle went unsold in the subsequent auction, but RCB signed him as Dirk Nannes' replacement. 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. 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. The name Chris Gayle rang around the Chinnaswamy on a plethora of occasions in the following seven years. 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. Can he make changes? After RCB lost Dirk Nannes due to injury, they signed Gayle in what was both a stroke of luck and a shrewd decision. And that’s just one of hundreds. 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. 11a and b were taken by two very respectable looking retirees who were not going to move. Whatever happens, it will be bloody exciting to watch us go at it on the field. Classed officially as ‘entourage’, I was left on my own to discover what a 16th man actually does. 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. I’m now sitting on a plane to Bangalore with Chris Gayle. Albert Einstein *Science is organized knowledge. Daniel was made the captain and he delivered as well. The impact Chris Gayle had, not only in 2011, but until his association with RCB ended in 2017, cannot be understated. Less exciting was the 100 miles each way to games and training. local who most likely had been waiting 3 months for his MRI appointment was booted off the machine mid-scan so they could get me in there. 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. … Thanks buddy! 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. Next came my short IPL campaign. Forgive me if I’m rusty. 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. Chris Gayle was bought as a replacement by RCB for Dirk Nannes during IPL 4. 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. Before getting on the plane our twitter banter went something like this: @dirk_nannes: @henrygayle Unlucky big man. Why? I captained the mighty ICS Lions to the title on my first try. Weigh it all down with a ton of bulletproof glass, and this ride was more like a sailing of the Queen Mary. Chris Gayle was available to be picked as a replacement. 489 02:03 05 Mar 15. He has been scoring truckload of runs across all T20 leagues around the world. Previously, RCB and I thought I was ineligible as I was replaced by Chris Gayle, but in India, anything is possible. But RCB decided to bring him in as an injury replacement for Dirk Nannes and as they say, the rest is history. I guess thats just the lot of the modern cricketer. Official Digital Streaming Partner. Apparently it was always Aaron’s fault. Until last year, Chris Gayle was the hottest property for all the T20 franchise across the world, including the Indian Premier League (IPL). 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. Back in the UK, my already shortened ‘mini-pre-season’ were some damn hard yards. RCB need to do better“. 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. I ask him about his feelings in his first game, and fortunately he was shitting bricks like everyone else would. Other times I made it to Surrey for a bowl in the middle of The Oval for training. The last 6 weeks have been my first long break from cricket in what seems like years. 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. What a game of cricket! I enjoyed a recent T20 game at the ‘G when Nesser from QLD bowled his first ball for the game. 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. Finch brings that feeling into every game he plays. Their supporters are fanatical. He was ruled out of the 2011 season, and in … We’ll see if that pans out. I am absolutely stoked to be involved with such a young, fresh, high-risk/high-reward style of side like the Renegades. 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. Else would itself, but RCB decided to bring him in as an injury replacement for Dirk! 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