We sat chewing the fat for about 20 minutes on the issue. Aaron Finch is a talented, likeable young cricketer who has a massive future in the game. But he’s a damn fine cricketer and will always be one of the first picked in my team. Dec 15 2017 . You can read more about that iun my previous post. He puts the fun back into cricket. I have been a die hard fan of RCB for the last 10 years. My personal highlights of games are when things get nasty on the field, when feelings come into a game. What happens when you are announced as the Australian captain? 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). Gayle started off the tournament with a century (102* off 55 balls) against Kolkata Knight Riders, giving the Challengers an emphatic 9-wicket win. As a cricketer, you always have 2 mindsets that follow you around. Their fourth game ended in a draw and were placed at the bottom of the points table after 5 matches. He just bludgeoned them! Albert Einstein *Science is organized knowledge. This move changed RCB's fortunes as Gayle won the Orange Cap and took RCB to the final. 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. Gayle featured in 85 games for Bangalore, amassing 3,163 runs, which included 5 centuries and 19 half-centuries. Back in the UK, my already shortened ‘mini-pre-season’ were some damn hard yards. The kind of engine that Batman’s car had. But in life, some things are meant to be and can never be avoided. The former Kolkata Knight Riders batsman was back in the auction after being released but he failed to draw a bid and went unsold. 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. How much influence on the side does the captain actually have? I enjoyed a recent T20 game at the ‘G when Nesser from QLD bowled his first ball for the game. Apparently it was always Aaron’s fault. Chris Gayle was destined to be an RCB player. I, the rest of the team and the whole of Bangalore feel we can do it. Back then, RCB too were going through a difficult phase with their campaign in danger of being over well before the play-off stage. What a game of cricket! I can only imagine the thoughts. 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. 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. 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. I’d started getting excited to take my boy to his rugby this Sunday. IPL 2015 Orange Cap Winner - David Warner (SRH) Bear has learned to pick his battles, and this was not one of them. !” Chris?!? RCB need to do better“. That was the beginning of the most genuine connections between a team and its fans. 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. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. 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. Daniel was made the captain and he delivered as well. RCB ended at the top of the points table with 9 wins in 14 matches. 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. The bowlers were consistent as always. 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. However, you have not come to know Aaron because he is a good bloke. 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. He looked un-nerved on the field, a confidence that he rightly developed over his last few seasons with Victoria. We’ll see if that pans out. Their supporters are fanatical. Seriously, how many times do you see that on TV these days? Hollywood action in downtown Ahmedabad! And the rest is history. What a load of crap! 2012: Chennai Super Kings When you are on the wrong side of the result, it can be a lonely place. Family holidays, and French/Austrian alps aren’t conducive to fast bowling. RCB Auction 2020. 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. We also know that the Australian captain of T20 is not allowed to have the seat written on his boarding pass. Seriously … what crap timing! At the end of the day, it’s about his cricket, and oh how far he has come. 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. And it’s a testament to the team’s ability to block out all our outside influences, and go back to the simple things. His peak years were between 2011 and 2013, and he won the orange cap in 2012 and 2013. NSW are 15/0. 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. But I think we already knew that. The local constabulary came to our aid, and this time it was the stuff that kids dream about. 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. The last 3 days have been nothing short of spectacular. Seriously?!? Chris Gayle was available to be picked as a replacement. 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. 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. It’s a roller-coaster that only a privileged few get to ride. 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. Aaron is not your run of the mill, robotic cricketer that has come through the system. “Me a look fi cut ya now! Other times I made it to Surrey for a bowl in the middle of The Oval for training. 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. Next step is training today – why train after a game I ask? Since last playing for Victoria in the One Day final in February, it’s been a roller-coaster ride. May as well just take a backpack with my bowling boots and a smile. My wife sat in the Radiologist’s room drinking Chai tea, and heard everything about the place from the excited owner. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is owned by business tycoon Dr. Vijay Mallya. Another great win from the guys last night. I’ll be honest, before the last game against the Redbacks, common sense got a hold of me. 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. The World Cup is over for us, but it was a good time. IPL teams are something else. Crap result, but a good place to tour as entourage. The cities seem to come alive, and the entire city wants you to be part of their lives. We live permanently in the UK, with the kids in school, everyone settled, and great neighbours. How does it actually happen? Take this brief summation from one of my twitter followers: “Horrible bowling tonight v KKR. I’m yet to work it out, but I will keep you posted. When you put your foot down, it went faster than a Ferrari, screeching tyres, flames coming out the back and lots of noise. I hope mother nature and fate are on our side. (Search for ICS Lions on facebook and there are heaps of photos on there). What graces or perks are given to an Australian captain? 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. The impact Chris Gayle had, not only in 2011, but until his association with RCB ended in 2017, cannot be understated. 489 02:03 05 Mar 15. … Thanks buddy! I’d started writing a blog about 5 days ago now, and it went something like this: 2 games and 2 losses. In 2013 Dale Steyn … 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. All I can hope is that Cameron takes his captaincy style from Victoria with him on the National team. The improbable and thrilling final ball 6 of the last game has taken me away from watching my boy at rubgy this weekend. The MRI facility that confirmed it was classical India. Lol. Official Partners. Gayle went unsold in the subsequent auction, but RCB signed him as Dirk Nannes' replacement. ”. Recently, he had a run in with former teammate Nick Jewell who from all reports was ‘being a chop’. He is confident, self-assured, and a natural born leader. It was a tough slog, but it introduced me to audiobooks. Finch brings that feeling into every game he plays. I’ve got a lot to learn! But there would be one problem … Olympic cycling may not have liked him. 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. After RCB lost Dirk Nannes due to injury, they signed Gayle in what was both a stroke of luck and a shrewd decision. Classed officially as ‘entourage’, I was left on my own to discover what a 16th man actually does. Turns out it’s “I’m about to leave now”. A week later I was on a plane as 16th man in the World Cup in India. Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. 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. One such instance was yesterday morning. Forgive me if I’m rusty. https://cricket.yahoo.net/news/ipl-2020-3-popular-players-162335822 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. It’s been a tough start to the CLT20 for the Bangalore boys. Let’s get one things straight … Captains have always whinged about it being a tough job. Dirk Nannes is famously remembered for getting injured and making way for Chris Gayle in the RCB side. He was Royal Challengers Bangalore’s leading wicket-taker for two seasons, in 2012 and 2013. He was ruled out of the 2011 season, and in … Whatever happens, it will be bloody exciting to watch us go at it on the field. Official Digital Streaming Partner. Gayle went unsold in the subsequent auction, but RCB signed him as Dirk Nannes' replacement. Squad List. When I was a kid designing my bulletproof car out of Lego, it had a massive engine. 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. He has shot into the Aussie ranks quicker than most, and it’s not without reason. I’d already been looking into flights home to the UK. Does he have a say at the selection table? 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