Let’s get one things straight … Captains have always whinged about it being a tough job. 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. We’ll see if that pans out. 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. 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. We were 0-2, and not looking like winning. RCB Auction 2020. The former Kolkata Knight Riders batsman was back in the auction after being released but he failed to draw a bid and went unsold. Gayle went on to smash hundreds and fifties for fun. 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. 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. 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. They were so proud of the place. His record of 973 runs remains intact and unbeaten. If you haven’t seen any of the highlights, I strongly urge you to do yourself a favour and find that footage. Still playing as the designated non-batter at the moment – how do I change that without getting an opportunity to impress? The rest of the team flew out last night, but we were staying behind to catch different flights. Back then, RCB too were going through a difficult phase with their campaign in danger of being over well before the play-off stage. Previously, RCB and I thought I was ineligible as I was replaced by Chris Gayle, but in India, anything is possible. 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!! He was ruled out of the 2011 season, and in … 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. After Chris Gayle replaced Dirk Nannes, Royal Challengers Bangalore made a comeback and won 7 games consecutively. A bowler approaches the cricket crease with only one goal - to make the batsmen face the music Does he have a say at the selection table? Gayle is currently part of the Kings XI Punjab squad. Bear has learned to pick his battles, and this was not one of them. And boy, when he did, there was nowhere to hide for the Kolkata bowlers. The highs and lows of cricket are amazing. 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). Shipperd is a good judge of talent, and along with most who have seen him feel he has far bigger things to come. 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. Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. Weigh it all down with a ton of bulletproof glass, and this ride was more like a sailing of the Queen Mary. The last 6 weeks have been my first long break from cricket in what seems like years. 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. We live permanently in the UK, with the kids in school, everyone settled, and great neighbours. Let’s see if history can repeat itself. In 2011 auctions, RCB had only Virat Kohli in their kitty as he was the only one who was retained by the team. What a team! At least we know that cricket isn’t the be-all and end-all in life. I won’t go into the game itself, but talk about a bit of the off-field life. 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. But in life, some things are meant to be and can never be avoided. 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. I was looking forward to blogging most days whilst at the World Cup, but things just got in the way. 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. As a bonus, they put me into the CT Scan machine to show me how cool it was. 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. 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. 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. 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. He knows how to win. I ask him about his feelings in his first game, and fortunately he was shitting bricks like everyone else would. https://www.sportskeeda.com/team/royal-challengers-bangalore Lol. 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. 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. I’ve got a lot to learn! David Warner gets two boundaries in the second over though, and 13 runs come off that over from Dirk Nannes, including two wides. Less exciting was the 100 miles each way to games and training. I, the rest of the team and the whole of Bangalore feel we can do it. (Search for ICS Lions on facebook and there are heaps of photos on there). ... RCB 145 / 6 V 150 / 2 CSK Oct 29; Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets. Seriously … what crap timing! He went on to become the Universe Boss and a T20 legend. The fall of Dilshan’s wicket was the only success the Kolkata bowlers tasted, and it would not even turn out to be a consolation, as Gayle kept smashing the ball to all parts of the crowd. Yes, he drinks. (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). Hollywood action in downtown Ahmedabad! But the contrast is stark. Find RCB scores, stats, fixtures, results, schedules and news about Royal Challengers Bangalore on this page. I enjoyed a recent T20 game at the ‘G when Nesser from QLD bowled his first ball for the game. It’s certainly strange captaining former stars like Jimmy Adams (West Indies), Saqlain Muhstaq (PAK), and others like hard hitting Irishman O’Brien, but I think we all enjoyed the day, and even better, the good guys won! Umpire Partner. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is owned by business tycoon Dr. Vijay Mallya. Can he make changes? 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. For starters, much of my time was spent coming to grips with the role of the 16th man in a world cup squad. A bit nerdy I know, but there is only so much commercial radio I can listen to at any one time. He has a bit around the waist, thanks to a steady diet of ‘cans’ and ‘darts’ with his mates at the local. That was the beginning of the most genuine connections between a team and its fans. IPL teams are something else. Dirk Nannes RCB, Bangalore, India. In all a good win, and a great percentage booster. But RCB decided to bring him in as an injury replacement for Dirk Nannes and as they say, the rest is history. 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. RCB need to do better“. 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. 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. Their fourth game ended in a draw and were placed at the bottom of the points table after 5 matches. 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. As a cricketer, you always have 2 mindsets that follow you around. 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. However, after he was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for Dirk Nannes in 2011, he never looked back. 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. How does it actually happen? I have been a die hard fan of RCB for the last 10 years. Daniel was made the captain and he delivered as well. 2. ”. Albert Einstein *Science is organized knowledge. Very hard 2 accept this kind of bowling figure! Not enough, and I love it. M38: CSK vs KKR – Dirk Nannes Interview. 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. The kind of engine that Batman’s car had. Whatever happens, it will be bloody exciting to watch us go at it on the field. In 2013 Dale Steyn … When I was a kid designing my bulletproof car out of Lego, it had a massive engine. When you aren’t part of the main touring plans, things just work differently – normally a lot worse. You’re stuck with me from London to Bangalore. Title Sponsor. Crap result, but a good place to tour as entourage. And the rest is history. 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. 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. Seriously?!? I managed to sneak in a road trip with the family through Europe. What a load of crap! Squad List. What graces or perks are given to an Australian captain? 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. 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. 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. A few well placed head wobbles to key people, and we were on our flight. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. 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. 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! I captained the mighty ICS Lions to the title on my first try. What the hell does that mean? A week later I was on a plane as 16th man in the World Cup in India. 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. 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. 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”. The only positive of leaving a tournament is getting back to the family. Who knows what’s going to happen now. 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. His peak years were between 2011 and 2013, and he won the orange cap in 2012 and 2013. 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. And who the hell understands that crap? Instead he’ll be watching me and yelling at the TV. !” Chris?!? We were stuck, no ride, a plane to catch, and not enough time to do it … what the hell were we going to do? 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. You can read more about that iun my previous post. The name Chris Gayle rang around the Chinnaswamy on a plethora of occasions in the following seven years. The improbable and thrilling final ball 6 of the last game has taken me away from watching my boy at rubgy this weekend. 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. He is an outstanding team man, with knowledge of the game beyond his years. But there would be one problem … Olympic cycling may not have liked him. I’d already been looking into flights home to the UK. 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. Gayle never got going consistently in the first three editions of the IPL. BUT … that didn’t make it less entertaining. He was 3 for 5 in the 2 T20 warm up games, including a first baller to me which gave me much pleasure. Why? 16th man is not a bad job if you can get it. When you put your foot down, it went faster than a Ferrari, screeching tyres, flames coming out the back and lots of noise. 2 games to go, and 2 wins needed to stay in the competition. 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. Long may he retain it, and may he lead the Australian side to success in the very near future. Forgive me if I’m rusty. My favourite fast bowler (Shaun Tait) and I were waiting for our ride to the airport. Carl Sagan […] 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. Dirk Nannes divulges backdated corruption in BPL . After all, isn’t that what we play the game for? Today, Rajiv’s rocketship was an Indian Suzuki Vitara, with the engine from my Dad’s 1985 ride-on mower. Many of the on-field, cricket specific answers will only play out over the next week, and we can only hope that politics will not get in the way of his leadership style. He remained unsold in that year's auction. 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. 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. Dec 15 2017 . Aravind came into the Royal Challengers as a replacement for Dirk Nannes and the made the most of the opportunity that came his way. We also know that the Australian captain of T20 is not allowed to have the seat written on his boarding pass. The impact Chris Gayle had, not only in 2011, but until his association with RCB ended in 2017, cannot be understated. Chris Gayle was available to be picked as a replacement. 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. 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. He is confident, self-assured, and a natural born leader. 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. I am absolutely stoked to be involved with such a young, fresh, high-risk/high-reward style of side like the Renegades. 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. 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. This contrast is never more evident as when you are playing in an IPL side. It did not matter whether it was pace or spin, Indian or overseas bowlers, Gayle treated everyone with equal disdain. Uday our reliable driver’s job brief was to pick up 2 Australian’s from the hotel this morning. What a game of cricket! We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and to show you non-personalized ads. I just hope I can be a part of it as well. 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. Gayle joined RCB for the 2011 IPL as a replacement for Australian Dirk Nannes. 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