5 interesting facts about Darren Lehmann
Darren Lehmann is a former batting all-rounder who represented Australia in ODIs and Tests between 1996-2007. He was a part of two World Cup winning squads (1999, 2003). Soon after retiring, Lehmann tried his hand at coaching.
He coached IPL teams Deccan Chargers (2009-2012) and King X| Punjab (2013). He also coached KFC Big Bash's (2010/11) Queensland side. His performance as a coach and his man-management skills were lauded by one and all in the cricket fraternity, and not without reason.
As a result of this, he was made the head coach of the Australian Cricket Team in 2013, replacing Mickey Arthur.
Here is a list of 5 interesting facts about Darren Lehmann:
#1 Factory worker at Holden car manufacturers
Lehmann joined Holden car manufacturers (Elizabeth, South Australia) to work on the assembly line at the age of 16. As per Adelaide Now's report, he earned around 250 AUD per week. Working conditions were harsh as the assembly line temperatures reached 40-50 degrees on some days.
In an interview with The Advertiser, Lehmann said - "When temperatures soared to 50 degrees, me or one of my mates would slip in an automatic gearbox into a manual car, halting the production for a few minutes. These few minutes allowed the staff to breathe in the fresh air under a tree outside."
He was so much in love with the factory's work and its life that he declined selection to the Australian Centre of Excellence.