If it keeps us on the park and winning, then I am happy to be involved! And the rest is history. The only positive of leaving a tournament is getting back to the family. 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. Bear has learned to pick his battles, and this was not one of them. 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. I just hope I can be a part of it as well. What graces or perks are given to an Australian captain? Their supporters are fanatical. Since the auction, Finch debuted for Australia, and whacked them everywhere. I hope mother nature and fate are on our side. My favourite fast bowler (Shaun Tait) and I were waiting for our ride to the airport. The adulation of winning is amazing. After RCB lost Dirk Nannes due to injury, they signed Gayle in what was both a stroke of luck and a shrewd decision. Long may he retain it, and may he lead the Australian side to success in the very near future. Finch brings that feeling into every game he plays. Shipperd is a good judge of talent, and along with most who have seen him feel he has far bigger things to come. I’m yet to work it out, but I will keep you posted. Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. The bowlers were consistent as always. https://cricket.yahoo.net/news/ipl-2020-3-popular-players-162335822 The former Kolkata Knight Riders batsman was back in the auction after being released but he failed to draw a bid and went unsold. Official Digital Streaming Partner. Family holidays, and French/Austrian alps aren’t conducive to fast bowling. 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. Aravind came into the Royal Challengers as a replacement for Dirk Nannes and the made the most of the opportunity that came his way. But I think we already knew that. Let’s see if history can repeat itself. 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). I wish my batting could be described as violent one day … just one innings of my life perhaps? Gayle started off the tournament with a century (102* off 55 balls) against Kolkata Knight Riders, giving the Challengers an emphatic 9-wicket win. 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. 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. 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. In those seasons, he scalped 16 and 23 wickets for Royal Challengers Bangalore. 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’. All I can hope is that Cameron takes his captaincy style from Victoria with him on the National team. 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. 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. When you put your foot down, it went faster than a Ferrari, screeching tyres, flames coming out the back and lots of noise. But as I queried above, history did repeat! 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. Whatever happens, it will be bloody exciting to watch us go at it on the field. 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 enjoyed a recent T20 game at the ‘G when Nesser from QLD bowled his first ball for the game. Since last playing for Victoria in the One Day final in February, it’s been a roller-coaster ride. His peak years were between 2011 and 2013, and he won the orange cap in 2012 and 2013. 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. This move changed RCB's fortunes as Gayle won the Orange Cap and took RCB to the final. I have been a die hard fan of RCB for the last 10 years. It did not matter whether it was pace or spin, Indian or overseas bowlers, Gayle treated everyone with equal disdain. 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. We had a bulletproof car! 2012: Chennai Super Kings After Chris Gayle replaced Dirk Nannes, Royal Challengers Bangalore made a comeback and won 7 games consecutively. Clearly by this tweet, I’m already on to him about his writing, but an hour later he comes out with this one: @henrygayle:  2pm….jamaican talk! Let’s get one things straight … Captains have always whinged about it being a tough job. We’ll see if that pans out. The world cup, the 16th man, and the bulletproof car. 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. 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. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. The MRI facility that confirmed it was classical India. The name Chris Gayle rang around the Chinnaswamy on a plethora of occasions in the following seven years. Another great win from the guys last night. In all a good win, and a great percentage booster. BUT … that didn’t make it less entertaining. Me a look fi cut ya now!! Are we good enough? Before getting on the plane our twitter banter went something like this: @dirk_nannes: @henrygayle Unlucky big man. 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. I’d started getting excited to take my boy to his rugby this Sunday. M38: CSK vs KKR – Dirk Nannes Interview. But in life, some things are meant to be and can never be avoided. 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. Previously, RCB and I thought I was ineligible as I was replaced by Chris Gayle, but in India, anything is possible. I had the pleasure today of sitting next to Bear as he received the call he was the new Australian captain. Aaron Finch is a talented, likeable young cricketer who has a massive future in the game. Apparently it was always Aaron’s fault. Uday our reliable driver’s job brief was to pick up 2 Australian’s from the hotel this morning. 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