Darren Lehmann has all the time been one of many nice characters in Australian cricket.
Even when he was enjoying, he raced – and was crushed – by New Zealand’s opener Mark Richardson in a dash at Adelaide Oval.
That sense of having fun with one’s self didn’t cease when he began out his teaching profession. It was one of many facets that helped Australia get again on high and win the World Cup in 2015.
When reminiscing about Queensland’s phenomenal three-wicket win over Tasmania to win the 2011/12 Shield ultimate on the Gabba, Lehmann instructed a narrative that left everybody in stitches.
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Commentating alongside former teammate Andrew Symonds, the Queenslander’s phoned pinged and he inspired to ask Lehmann about what occurred through the post-match celebrations.
“Now my phone has just flashed at me Darren,” Symonds started, “and I need to ask you about Evil Knievel after winning the Shield when he was coach.”
“When I was coach,” Lehmann responded after bursting out in laughter. “Well OK.
“We played against Ricky Ponting and Tasmania at the Gabba. We actually won the game, it was one of the tight Shield finals. Chris Hartley got us one of the great hundreds to get us across the line.
“It was my year as coach. We won the game. As you do, we had a good party at the Gabba, and I used to ride my bike to the Gabba and we decided to do a little Evil Knievel trick over the chairs. I got it slightly wrong Drew. I got it slightly wrong and fell off my bike and broke my ribs, and I had six weeks where I was coaching at the IPL and I couldn’t throw a ball. So you make mistakes and learn from that don’t you.”
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