Darren Scott Lehmann Profile
An unconventional left-handed batsman and a useful left-arm spin bowler, Darren Lehmann was seen as a terrific run-scorer at the domestic level for South Australia as well as international level for Australia. His batting technique was unique: taking guard outside leg stump and just before a ball was bowled, stepping back. This helped him face short-pitched deliveries with ease. However, his disregard for physical fitness with a bulkily built body was never appreciated in Australian cricket.
The aggressive batsman kept mounting runs and creating records. Lehmann reached the landmark of playing more first-class games and scoring more runs than any other Australian before making his Test debut, until Michael Hussey surpassed it. He averages 57.83 in first-class cricket, which explains the tremendous potential he possesses.
“Boof” as he is nicknamed, was on the fringes of national selection throughout the 1990’s and ultimately made his ODI and Test debut in 1996 and 1998 respectively. Despite his shortcomings on field, he had the opportunity to hit the winning runs for his team in the 1999 Cricket World Cup and was an integral part of the side in the next World Cup. After a tumultuous career ride, Lehmann retired from international cricket in 2007.
Post retirement, Lehmann participated in the Indian T20 league and represented Rajasthan. Later, he took up coaching and was named head coach of Hyderabad in the 2009 edition and he continued till 2012 before moving onto coach Punjab. 16 days prior to the start of the 2013 Ashes in England, Darren Lehmann was appointed as the coach of the Australian side, replacing Mickey Arthur.