Adelaide: The South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) has commemorated veteran Australian all rounder Darren Lehmann by unveiling a bronze sculpture at his home ground, the Adelaide Oval.
Ken Martin, an artist from Port Lincoln has designed Lehmann’s statue in a typical front foot position while clubbing a shot down the ground. Lehmann expressed his delight on receiving the honor, but raised concern that there wasn`t enough bronze in Australia to fill out his shape.
“They could have had a bit more weight on it, but they probably couldn`t afford more bronze. I`m ecstatic with what SACA have done to have this at the oval, it`s here for a lifetime,” The Herald Sun, quoted Lehmann, as saying.
“It`s a huge honour to have this, at my home of cricket. To be 22 yards away from one of my great mates Jason Gillespie. I don`t think I`d hit him that far with that shot, but it looks really good, he`s (Martin) done a great job,” he added.
His statue is the second such sculpture in a series commissioned to refurbish the Adelaide Oval, featuring the images of eight former cricketers and footballers. Lehmann, who played 27 Test matches and 177 one-dayers for Australia along with 283 first-class matches for South Australia, is sited facing the first piece, the length of a cricket pitch from a rumbling Jason Gillespie.