Darren Lehmann Biography
Darren ‘Boof’ Lehmann is one of those characters that every captain would like to have in their side for any battle. The player-turned-coach, who changed the tides for Australia with his impressive coaching skills, also had a successful international career for Australia.
Lehmann made his Test debut in the tour to India in 1998, but ended up playing only 27 Tests at an average nearing 45. Lehmann was not a regular member of the Australian Test side in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, but he had a decent run in ODIs, as he played 117 games during a career that lasted nine years. Lehmann was a key member of Australia’s World Cup-winning teams in 1999 and 2003, and also played a lot of cricket for Yorkshire.
Lehmann made his coaching debut in 2009 with IPL side Deccan Chargers, and in the very first stint as coach, led them to a title win. But the biggest accolade that he earned as a coach was when, under his coaching, Australia affected only the third 5-0 result in the history of the Ashes.
Lehmann is someone who earns players’ respect and admiration, as he took an Australian team that was in absolute shambles and converted them to one of top Test sides within six months. His coaching methods worked wonders for Australia, who bounced back from the depths to become a side to be feared once again.