Aaron Finch has developed his game to become a shining light of Australian cricket youth. We were stuck, no ride, a plane to catch, and not enough time to do it … what the hell were we going to do? Back then, not many were confident of RCB’s chances, but Kallis made it a point to silence the critics. Victorian coach Greg Shipperd thinks so as well, picking up Aaron for $300k in the recent IPL auction for Delhi. Daniel was made the captain and he delivered as well. But there would be one problem … Olympic cycling may not have liked him. 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. Gone was our standard bus with 4 police cars out in front, sirens blaring, announcing that a cricket team was coming through and that all within 500m should run quickly to the roadside to say Hi. The bowlers were consistent as always. 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! Right or wrong, he’s the guy who was first pointed at by the coach if the entire team was out the night before the game. My favourite fast bowler (Shaun Tait) and I were waiting for our ride to the airport. How far will Aaron Finch go? 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. Still playing as the designated non-batter at the moment – how do I change that without getting an opportunity to impress? He has a bit around the waist, thanks to a steady diet of ‘cans’ and ‘darts’ with his mates at the local. The innings against his former team where he announced his arrival signalled the beginning of a new chapter in RCB history. Previously, RCB and I thought I was ineligible as I was replaced by Chris Gayle, but in India, anything is possible. 16th man is not a bad job if you can get it. The name Chris Gayle rang around the Chinnaswamy on a plethora of occasions in the following seven years. The first thing I know is that Qantas flight staff do NOT allow Australian captains to receive the news over the phone during a safety briefing. Take this brief summation from one of my twitter followers: “Horrible bowling tonight v KKR. 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. 8K likes. 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. Until last year, Chris Gayle was the hottest property for all the T20 franchise across the world, including the Indian Premier League (IPL). I captained the mighty ICS Lions to the title on my first try. 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 campaign had been lacklustre till that point. He is an outstanding team man, with knowledge of the game beyond his years. 2 games to go, and 2 wins needed to stay in the competition. It was a tough slog, but it introduced me to audiobooks. 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. I managed to sneak in a road trip with the family through Europe. 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. 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. 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 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! We’ll see if that pans out. 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. … Thanks buddy! Official Broadcaster. Any Australian dressing room has a lot of egos to fit in. 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. Chris Gayle was available to be picked as a replacement. Classed officially as ‘entourage’, I was left on my own to discover what a 16th man actually does. I hope mother nature and fate are on our side. Official Partners. Carl Sagan […] A week later I was on a plane as 16th man in the World Cup in India. Crap result, but a good place to tour as entourage. If you haven’t seen any of the highlights, I strongly urge you to do yourself a favour and find that footage. Yes, he drinks. 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 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. He went on to become the Universe Boss and a T20 legend. What graces or perks are given to an Australian captain? “Yes Rajiv, those 47 people across the road can see you have 2 cricketers in the car … we can leave now … come on Rajiv, no need to call your mother-in-law to come and take your photo … yes Rajiv, you can have ‘one snap’ with Mr Tait in front of your car … no Rajiv, just get in the bloody car and drive already! Gayle went on to smash hundreds and fifties for fun. As a bonus, they put me into the CT Scan machine to show me how cool it was. His cricket brain works faster that most, and with Victoria he has been in charge of a winning side for many years. Whatever happens, it will be bloody exciting to watch us go at it on the field. RCB Auction 2020. When I was a kid designing my bulletproof car out of Lego, it had a massive engine. Uday our reliable driver’s job brief was to pick up 2 Australian’s from the hotel this morning. I have been a die hard fan of RCB for the last 10 years. RCB ended at the top of the points table with 9 wins in 14 matches. 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. 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 Nannes is famously remembered for getting injured and making way for Chris Gayle in the RCB side. Aaron Finch is a talented, likeable young cricketer who has a massive future in the game. I’d started getting excited to take my boy to his rugby this Sunday. He is not the perfect athlete, and may have picked the wrong sport about 5 years ago. Umpire Partner. His record of 973 runs remains intact and unbeaten. Since last playing for Victoria in the One Day final in February, it’s been a roller-coaster ride. Gayle is currently part of the Kings XI Punjab squad. Lol. 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. Should I even take a kit bag on away trips? Albert Einstein *Science is organized knowledge. 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. Family holidays, and French/Austrian alps aren’t conducive to fast bowling. Yes, he smokes. Shipperd is a good judge of talent, and along with most who have seen him feel he has far bigger things to come. 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. A few well placed head wobbles to key people, and we were on our flight. But in life, some things are meant to be and can never be avoided. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. But the contrast is stark. Why? As a cricketer, you always have 2 mindsets that follow you around. I wish Bear all the very best in his new position. 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. 2012: Chennai Super Kings My wife sat in the Radiologist’s room drinking Chai tea, and heard everything about the place from the excited owner. Aaron is not your run of the mill, robotic cricketer that has come through the system. One such instance was yesterday morning. And boy, when he did, there was nowhere to hide for the Kolkata bowlers. 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. I just hope I can be a part of it as well. (Search for ICS Lions on facebook and there are heaps of photos on there). Maybe the finger was pointed at him because he always told the truth, rather than the standard practice of hiding away and blaming others. The cities seem to come alive, and the entire city wants you to be part of their lives. Can he make changes? Seriously … what crap timing! 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,… 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. He looked un-nerved on the field, a confidence that he rightly developed over his last few seasons with Victoria. Gayle started off the tournament with a century (102* off 55 balls) against Kolkata Knight Riders, giving the Challengers an emphatic 9-wicket win. Are we good enough? We cricketers live in a strange world, with extreme highs, combined with severe boredom and lows that make you wonder what you are doing. What happens when you are announced as the Australian captain? The rest of the team flew out last night, but we were staying behind to catch different flights. I’d started writing a blog about 5 days ago now, and it went something like this: 2 games and 2 losses. And the rest, as they say, is history. The last 6 weeks have been my first long break from cricket in what seems like years. The kind of engine that Batman’s car had. 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 highs and lows of cricket are amazing. A short and sharp stint, as within 2 games, my season was over thanks to a nasty little side strain. 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. But the life of a T20 player is an interesting one. You’re stuck with me from London to Bangalore. I enjoyed a recent T20 game at the ‘G when Nesser from QLD bowled his first ball for the game. I’d already been looking into flights home to the UK. I can’t end without mentioning my career sporting highlight that occurred about a month ago – The ‘All Out Cricket’ magazine September issue. 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. RCB need to do better“. Find RCB scores, stats, fixtures, results, schedules and news about Royal Challengers Bangalore on this page. Seriously, how many times do you see that on TV these days? 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’). For starters, much of my time was spent coming to grips with the role of the 16th man in a world cup squad. Who knows what’s going to happen now. 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 He knows how to win. 11a and b were taken by two very respectable looking retirees who were not going to move. They were so proud of the place. May as well just take a backpack with my bowling boots and a smile. Today, Rajiv’s rocketship was an Indian Suzuki Vitara, with the engine from my Dad’s 1985 ride-on mower. But RCB decided to bring him in as an injury replacement for Dirk Nannes and as they say, the rest is history. Turns out it’s “I’m about to leave now”. ), and NO, Hilditch’s call is not more important. And who the hell understands that crap? RCB vs South Australian Redbacks. I won’t go into the game itself, but talk about a bit of the off-field life. ... RCB 145 / 6 V 150 / 2 CSK Oct 29; Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets. 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. When you aren’t part of the main touring plans, things just work differently – normally a lot worse. Gayle went unsold in the subsequent auction, but RCB signed him as Dirk Nannes' replacement. 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. Before getting on the plane our twitter banter went something like this: @dirk_nannes: @henrygayle Unlucky big man. 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. And it’s a testament to the team’s ability to block out all our outside influences, and go back to the simple things. Chris Gayle, after going unsold at the Auction, joined RCB as a replacement to the injured Dirk Nannes. A bit nerdy I know, but there is only so much commercial radio I can listen to at any one time. 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. 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. Very hard 2 accept this kind of bowling figure! 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. 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 featured in 85 games for Bangalore, amassing 3,163 runs, which included 5 centuries and 19 half-centuries. 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