Indian Premier League 2010 March 25, 2010

End of IPL for Damien Martyn

Cricinfo staff

Damien Martyn, the former Australian batsman, has headed home after being excluded from a trimmed Rajasthan Royals squad. He played only one game in the tournament after being surprisingly picked at the IPL auction, despite being out of top-level cricket for several years.

"By the time you read this I'll be heading home," Martyn wrote on his blog. "The Rajasthan Royals squad has been trimmed to 19 players and it looks like allrounder Shane Watson might join us next week. That's the nature of professional cricket and I knew from the start what my role in the squad was and how this might happen."

Martyn, 38, made a scratchy 19 in his only IPL appearance, against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, before being dropped for the next couple of games by Rajasthan. "I enjoyed my IPL debut last week and even though it wasn't the best result (19 off 24 balls) it's ironic that ever I was to play it had to be against the best bowler in the world. Dale Steyn, bowling 155kmph."

He also hinted that he was through with playing, and was looking at coaching opportunities. "I have enjoyed my time as a player but going forward I'm looking forward to new roles around the group, like all past players, getting my notebook out, sitting in the dugout and scribbling away."

Rajasthan made a poor start to the tournament, losing their first three matches but have bounced back with two victories in a row.

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  • jafar on March 27, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    ridiculousssss act.. xpected from rr

  • akshay on March 26, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    it is such a shame dat a palyer like damien has to leave like this

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    its a shocking for m... the omission of dammi..... dude chillax... hope for the best...

  • rajesh on March 26, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Damien Martyn is a true legend in history of cricket and i am a big fan of him. I know he is not best suited to 20-20 style but he should not feel guilty about it. Damien i am from Rajasthan and big fan of cricket, cricket means class of a player and i will rate you best classy player not in India but in whole cricketing world. i still remember your best test matches innings and many of match winning innings in one day format. We should feel proud that you are/were part of Rajasthan Royals. And i watched you play last time in cricket and believe me it was a pleasure watching to you playing. i will wish you a great life ahead and you will be a big success in coaching. And we will always remember you and your contribution to cricket and salute for giving a chance to your fans to see a player like you.

  • laxman on March 26, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    ITs strange but true that these bizarre things happen only with Rajasthan Royals. Last year it was Kaif and this time its Martyn. And there is Jadeja episode as well. Is this something to do with the the CAPTAIN cum COACH?

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Dude Martyn... Chill man. When you cant catch a flight why the hell you are in the terminal. Just catch a cab and drive to your home. Or do one thing join me... we will watch IPL together ok.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    I had a bet with my friend that dami will be the pick of the edition.......warnie should have given one more chance to the classy batsman.....just giving one chance(when the whole team struggled) n dropping is ridiculous....hope in next edition will return back as one of the coach for cochi r pune.......

  • BINU on March 26, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    Warne's beer buddy has to go home, shame on RR ownership, last year they send Kaif with no proper reason, Warne has been on the down side as far his skill goes, still one of the best minds among IPL captains though. Bet RR and KXI will be on the bottom table this year. KXI will have to reign in Yuvi, he is visibly bored and least team player, Sanga must have a tough time handling him. Bad luck for the over rated bollywood actors, for the record RR has the worst jersey, Shilpa was supposed to be their creative head, zara suno kundra. Again about today's match between CSK and MI, Badri has to take the blame for farming the strike from Raina, you need a strike rate of over 250 during the last couple of overs, not someone who can labour to hit 55 in 45 balls. MSD shouild have been played atleast 15 balls, so far with the form the best 4 teams are BRC,DC,MI and DDD

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Damien Martyn at the peak of his powers very Mark Waugh like, grace & class. One Inning after two years out he could have only got better. Anyhow IPL loss to not have him playing, capable of anything anyone else in side & more.

  • Avinash on March 25, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    thats bizarre...u pick up a player and abandon him in the middle of the tournament...thats harsh and way too disgraceful for a player of his stature ... if it provied impetus to RR then I wish them luck....

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