IPL 2015 Orange Cap Winner - David Warner (SRH) 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. … Thanks buddy! 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. Back then, RCB too were going through a difficult phase with their campaign in danger of being over well before the play-off stage. He is not the perfect athlete, and may have picked the wrong sport about 5 years ago. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. The former Kolkata Knight Riders batsman was back in the auction after being released but he failed to draw a bid and went unsold. 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. !” Chris?!? 8K likes. 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. 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. Find RCB scores, stats, fixtures, results, schedules and news about Royal Challengers Bangalore on this page. The poor 80y.o. Gayle went on to smash hundreds and fifties for fun. The rest of the team flew out last night, but we were staying behind to catch different flights. We sat chewing the fat for about 20 minutes on the issue. He was 3 for 5 in the 2 T20 warm up games, including a first baller to me which gave me much pleasure. May as well just take a backpack with my bowling boots and a smile. Does he have a say at the selection table? 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. But the life of a T20 player is an interesting one. What happens when you are announced as the Australian captain? Gayle featured in 85 games for Bangalore, amassing 3,163 runs, which included 5 centuries and 19 half-centuries. Previously, RCB and I thought I was ineligible as I was replaced by Chris Gayle, but in India, anything is possible. I just hope I can be a part of it as well. It’s been a tough start to the CLT20 for the Bangalore boys. #isThereATranslatorOnBoard. He has shot into the Aussie ranks quicker than most, and it’s not without reason. 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 it didn’t take Gayle long to get into his stride. Chris Gayle was available to be picked as a replacement. If it keeps us on the park and winning, then I am happy to be involved! I managed to sneak in a road trip with the family through Europe. But there would be one problem … Olympic cycling may not have liked him. But he’s a damn fine cricketer and will always be one of the first picked in my team. The cities seem to come alive, and the entire city wants you to be part of their lives. He is confident, self-assured, and a natural born leader. When you are on the wrong side of the result, it can be a lonely place. 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 … My personal highlights of games are when things get nasty on the field, when feelings come into a game. Their supporters are fanatical. However, you have not come to know Aaron because he is a good bloke. One such instance was yesterday morning. And the rest is history. The impact Chris Gayle had, not only in 2011, but until his association with RCB ended in 2017, cannot be understated. I’d started writing a blog about 5 days ago now, and it went something like this: 2 games and 2 losses. It’s a roller-coaster that only a privileged few get to ride. Aaron Finch is a talented, likeable young cricketer who has a massive future in the game. A few well placed head wobbles to key people, and we were on our flight. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. I can only imagine the thoughts. 16th man is not a bad job if you can get it. “Me a look fi cut ya now! The World Cup is over for us, but it was a good time. 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. Gayle joined RCB for the 2011 IPL as a replacement for Australian Dirk Nannes. Not enough, and I love it. I can’t end without mentioning my career sporting highlight that occurred about a month ago – The ‘All Out Cricket’ magazine September issue. What a team! I enjoyed a recent T20 game at the ‘G when Nesser from QLD bowled his first ball for the game. Instead he’ll be watching me and yelling at the TV. 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. Back then, not many were confident of RCB’s chances, but Kallis made it a point to silence the critics. (Search for ICS Lions on facebook and there are heaps of photos on there). He knows how to win. Why? Back in the UK, my already shortened ‘mini-pre-season’ were some damn hard yards. 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. 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). 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. Violent batting. Can he make changes? Aravind came into the Royal Challengers as a replacement for Dirk Nannes and the made the most of the opportunity that came his way. 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. 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 hope mother nature and fate are on our side. Gayle went unsold in the subsequent auction, but RCB signed him as Dirk Nannes' replacement. He was Royal Challengers Bangalore’s leading wicket-taker for two seasons, in 2012 and 2013. He looked un-nerved on the field, a confidence that he rightly developed over his last few seasons with Victoria. As 16th man, I didn’t enjoy the common luxuries like the rest of the squad. 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. 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. Umpire Partner. Carl Sagan […] Today, Rajiv’s rocketship was an Indian Suzuki Vitara, with the engine from my Dad’s 1985 ride-on mower. The bowlers were consistent as always. Uday our reliable driver’s job brief was to pick up 2 Australian’s from the hotel this morning. 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. Less exciting was the 100 miles each way to games and training. I captained the mighty ICS Lions to the title on my first try. 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. After RCB lost Dirk Nannes due to injury, they signed Gayle in what was both a stroke of luck and a shrewd decision. 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). Let’s get one things straight … Captains have always whinged about it being a tough job. In those seasons, he scalped 16 and 23 wickets for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Official Digital Streaming Partner. The highs and lows of cricket are amazing. 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. Their fourth game ended in a draw and were placed at the bottom of the points table after 5 matches. His peak years were between 2011 and 2013, and he won the orange cap in 2012 and 2013. 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’m now sitting on a plane to Bangalore with Chris Gayle. BUT … that didn’t make it less entertaining. We had a bulletproof car! 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. Another great win from the guys last night. Never one to back down, Aaron has always been the bad boy to the Victorian cricket administrators. 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. 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. Chris Gayle was bought as a replacement by RCB for Dirk Nannes during IPL 4. They were so proud of the place. 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. Seriously?!? Apparently it was always Aaron’s fault. We also know that the Australian captain of T20 is not allowed to have the seat written on his boarding pass. In 2011 auctions, RCB had only Virat Kohli in their kitty as he was the only one who was retained by the team. A presidential motorcade! 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’. I am absolutely stoked to be involved with such a young, fresh, high-risk/high-reward style of side like the Renegades. 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. 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. Dirk Nannes is famously remembered for getting injured and making way for Chris Gayle in the RCB side. Long may he retain it, and may he lead the Australian side to success in the very near future. Official Partners. I wish Bear all the very best in his new position. 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. 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. Turns out it’s “I’m about to leave now”. 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