South Australia cricket great and former Test batsman Darren Lehmann has been immortalised in a bronze sculpture at Adelaide Oval.
The sculpture was unveiled before Wednesday’s second day of play in the fourth Test between Australia and India. It shows the stocky left-hander with his bat raised after a straight drive.
Respected ABC commentator, Jim Maxwell and SACA President Ian McLachlan, unveiled the two metre high artwork, located behind the western grandstand – a good length from last year’s sculpture of Jason Gillespie.
“It is fitting that they are 22 yards from each other – one of our best batsmen facing up to one of our best bowlers,” Mr McLachlan said.
Lehmann, who attended the ceremony, said he was honored to be recognised.
“This is something I would never have expected, and I am really chuffed to be next to my old mate Jason; we are back together, a bit like the old days,” Lehmann said.
“This is a great honor and quite emotional, to think that this is what my life has come to – to having a sculpture here at the great Adelaide Oval.”
Lehmann representing Australia in 27 Tests and 177 one day internationals, and in 283 first class matches for South Australia.
He also had a 10 year stint with county side Yorkshire, finishing all forms of cricket in 2008 with an incredible 25,795 career runs at an average of 57.79.
He remains South Australia’s leading scorer – despite retiring from state duties in 2007 – with 11,622 Sheffield Shield and 3963 limited over runs beside his name.
Lehmann was also named Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2001 and the Wisden Australia Cricketer of the Year for 2004-05.
He is still involved in coaching in the IPL with the Deccan Chargers and also coaches the Queensland state cricket team.