NSW are 15/0. What the hell does that mean? The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is owned by business tycoon Dr. Vijay Mallya. I’ve got a lot to learn! He remained unsold in that year's auction. Aaron Finch is a talented, likeable young cricketer who has a massive future in the game. How does it actually happen? Crap result, but a good place to tour as entourage. A few well placed head wobbles to key people, and we were on our flight. (Search for ICS Lions on facebook and there are heaps of photos on there). Good hitting Grinch! Gayle is currently part of the Kings XI Punjab squad. 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. 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. 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. Weigh it all down with a ton of bulletproof glass, and this ride was more like a sailing of the Queen Mary. The World Cup is over for us, but it was a good time. 2012: Chennai Super Kings Find RCB scores, stats, fixtures, results, schedules and news about Royal Challengers Bangalore on this page. I captained the mighty ICS Lions to the title on my first try. Bear has learned to pick his battles, and this was not one of them. My wife sat in the Radiologist’s room drinking Chai tea, and heard everything about the place from the excited owner. But what contrasting emotions they can bring. 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’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’). We were stuck, no ride, a plane to catch, and not enough time to do it … what the hell were we going to do? Take this brief summation from one of my twitter followers: “Horrible bowling tonight v KKR. A short and sharp stint, as within 2 games, my season was over thanks to a nasty little side strain. We’ll see if that pans out. RCB Auction 2020. Hope you talk clearer than you tweet. 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. And it’s a testament to the team’s ability to block out all our outside influences, and go back to the simple things. 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. Recently, he had a run in with former teammate Nick Jewell who from all reports was ‘being a chop’. The campaign had been lacklustre till that point. 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. Chris Gayle, after going unsold at the Auction, joined RCB as a replacement to the injured Dirk Nannes. 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. 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. He looked un-nerved on the field, a confidence that he rightly developed over his last few seasons with Victoria. When I was a kid designing my bulletproof car out of Lego, it had a massive engine. 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. 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. 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. A presidential motorcade! I had the pleasure today of sitting next to Bear as he received the call he was the new Australian captain. I guess thats just the lot of the modern cricketer. 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. Violent batting. 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. RCB ended at the top of the points table with 9 wins in 14 matches. Does he have a say at the selection table? 11a and b were taken by two very respectable looking retirees who were not going to move. 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. And boy, when he did, there was nowhere to hide for the Kolkata bowlers. 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. Long may he retain it, and may he lead the Australian side to success in the very near future. IPL teams are something else. The MRI facility that confirmed it was classical India. Seriously … what crap timing! The improbable and thrilling final ball 6 of the last game has taken me away from watching my boy at rubgy this weekend. Apparently it was always Aaron’s fault. Previously, RCB and I thought I was ineligible as I was replaced by Chris Gayle, but in India, anything is possible. But as I queried above, history did repeat! Should I even take a kit bag on away trips? Uday our reliable driver’s job brief was to pick up 2 Australian’s from the hotel this morning. And who the hell understands that crap? What happens when you are announced as the Australian captain? One such instance was yesterday morning. I’d started writing a blog about 5 days ago now, and it went something like this: 2 games and 2 losses. 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. At the end of the day, it’s about his cricket, and oh how far he has come. But I think we already knew that. 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. Why? But it didn’t take Gayle long to get into his stride. Since the auction, Finch debuted for Australia, and whacked them everywhere. Their fourth game ended in a draw and were placed at the bottom of the points table after 5 matches. A bit nerdy I know, but there is only so much commercial radio I can listen to at any one time. He is an outstanding team man, with knowledge of the game beyond his years. Hollywood action in downtown Ahmedabad! Forgive me if I’m rusty. Gayle had endured slightly underwhelming few seasons with KKR prior to 2011. I’d already been looking into flights home to the UK. Official Digital Streaming Partner. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Dec 15 2017 . In 2013 Dale Steyn … But the contrast is stark. It’s a roller-coaster that only a privileged few get to ride. The impact Chris Gayle had, not only in 2011, but until his association with RCB ended in 2017, cannot be understated. But I know that I’m privileged to be part of the game. !” Chris?!? How much influence on the side does the captain actually have? Yes he picks a fight with his quick mouth on the field. 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 … The rest of the team flew out last night, but we were staying behind to catch different flights. Gayle featured in 85 games for Bangalore, amassing 3,163 runs, which included 5 centuries and 19 half-centuries. At least we know that cricket isn’t the be-all and end-all in life. David Warner gets two boundaries in the second over though, and 13 runs come off that over from Dirk Nannes, including two wides. He has a refreshing ‘tell it like it is’ attitude, most likely developed from his time growing up in country Victoria. 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. Today, Rajiv’s rocketship was an Indian Suzuki Vitara, with the engine from my Dad’s 1985 ride-on mower. 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. ), and NO, Hilditch’s call is not more important. They are wrong: it is character. 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. We also know that the Australian captain of T20 is not allowed to have the seat written on his boarding pass. This contrast is never more evident as when you are playing in an IPL side. We live permanently in the UK, with the kids in school, everyone settled, and great neighbours. … Thanks buddy! 2 games to go, and 2 wins needed to stay in the competition. Shipperd is a good judge of talent, and along with most who have seen him feel he has far bigger things to come. 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. I can’t end without mentioning my career sporting highlight that occurred about a month ago – The ‘All Out Cricket’ magazine September issue. The world cup, the 16th man, and the bulletproof car. 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 the rest, as they say, is history. But there would be one problem … Olympic cycling may not have liked him. 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. All I can hope is that Cameron takes his captaincy style from Victoria with him on the National team. He has a bit around the waist, thanks to a steady diet of ‘cans’ and ‘darts’ with his mates at the local. Who knows what’s going to happen now. A good win last night, and well done to Ricky Bobby (Quiney) on his maiden ton. I wish my batting could be described as violent one day … just one innings of my life perhaps? Can he make changes? 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. The local constabulary came to our aid, and this time it was the stuff that kids dream about. Gayle storm After being unsold initially in 2011, Gayle was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore after Dirk Nannes suffered an injury. He knows how to win. As a bonus, they put me into the CT Scan machine to show me how cool it was. The bowlers were consistent as always. He is not the perfect athlete, and may have picked the wrong sport about 5 years ago. 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. 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. This move changed RCB's fortunes as Gayle won the Orange Cap and took RCB to the final. Albert Einstein *Science is organized knowledge. Gayle never got going consistently in the first three editions of the IPL. Official Partners. Next came my short IPL campaign. What a team! Let’s see if history can repeat itself. RCB vs South Australian Redbacks. Less exciting was the 100 miles each way to games and training. https://www.sportskeeda.com/team/royal-challengers-bangalore 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! 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. Whatever happens, it will be bloody exciting to watch us go at it on the field. 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. In all a good win, and a great percentage booster. Gayle went on to smash hundreds and fifties for fun. Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. Title Sponsor. Back then, not many were confident of RCB’s chances, but Kallis made it a point to silence the critics. 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. 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 supporters are fanatical. 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. But RCB decided to bring him in as an injury replacement for Dirk Nannes and as they say, the rest is history. Dirk Nannes is famously remembered for getting injured and making way for Chris Gayle in the RCB side. 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. Seriously?!? However, Gayle had different ideas. I wish Bear all the very best in his new position. But he’s a damn fine cricketer and will always be one of the first picked in my team. 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. His flexibility and ability to adapt helped RCB reach the finals of the tournament in 2016. BUT … that didn’t make it less entertaining. Me a look fi cut ya now!! He went on to become the Universe Boss and a T20 legend. I ask him about his feelings in his first game, and fortunately he was shitting bricks like everyone else would. 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. Any Australian dressing room has a lot of egos to fit in. 489 02:03 05 Mar 15. Not enough, and I love it. 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. The cities seem to come alive, and the entire city wants you to be part of their lives. My personal highlights of games are when things get nasty on the field, when feelings come into a game. The highs and lows of cricket are amazing. ... RCB 145 / 6 V 150 / 2 CSK Oct 29; Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets. 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. Back then, RCB too were going through a difficult phase with their campaign in danger of being over well before the play-off stage. His record of 973 runs remains intact and unbeaten. Instead he’ll be watching me and yelling at the TV. I won’t go into the game itself, but talk about a bit of the off-field life. I was lucky enough to be involved with Surrey in the UK T20 competition. Propelled by the confidence of the WestIndian on rampage, RCB’s campaign took off and the team never looked back. Gayle went unsold in the subsequent auction, but RCB signed him as Dirk Nannes' replacement. May as well just take a backpack with my bowling boots and a smile. Chris Gayle was destined to be an RCB player. For a boat, we made it to the airport in record time. 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. That was the beginning of the most genuine connections between a team and its fans. 2. ”. They were so proud of the place. 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 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. 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. 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. In 2011 auctions, RCB had only Virat Kohli in their kitty as he was the only one who was retained by the team. Chris Gayle was bought as a replacement by RCB for Dirk Nannes during IPL 4. I’m now sitting on a plane to Bangalore with Chris Gayle. Is the style of Australia’s play dictated at all or even influenced by the captain? After Chris Gayle replaced Dirk Nannes, Royal Challengers Bangalore made a comeback and won 7 games consecutively. It was a tough slog, but it introduced me to audiobooks. 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. You’re stuck with me from London to Bangalore. He was 3 for 5 in the 2 T20 warm up games, including a first baller to me which gave me much pleasure. Back in the UK, my already shortened ‘mini-pre-season’ were some damn hard yards. Yes, he blows bubbles with his gum when a bowler is running in to bowl. 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. We were 0-2, and not looking like winning. Carl Sagan […] 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. Gayle started off the tournament with a century (102* off 55 balls) against Kolkata Knight Riders , giving the Challengers an emphatic 9-wicket win. The last 6 weeks have been my first long break from cricket in what seems like years. 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