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End of IPL for Damien Martyn

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March 25, 2010

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Damien Martyn and Shane Warne take a break during a training session, Adelaide, November 29, 2006
Damien Martyn has been excluded from a 19-man Rajasthan Royals squad © Getty Images
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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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Posted by jaaffi on (March 27, 2010, 18:37 GMT)

ridiculousssss act.. xpected from rr

Posted by akshay21993 on (March 26, 2010, 18:17 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (March 26, 2010, 11:49 GMT)

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

Posted by raj20 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.

Posted by howizzat 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?

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.......

Posted by samuel69 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by aavi242 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....

Posted by Rajesh. on (March 25, 2010, 18:51 GMT)

Damien Martyn was all class............. players like him are rare. Not for artists like him, Laxman or Mark Waugh the slam-bang variety. They have proved themselves at "real cricket", thats Test Match cricket. These are once-in-a-lifetime players, not a one-IPL kind of players.....

Posted by   on (March 25, 2010, 18:04 GMT)

may be its better.........................

Posted by Q72941 on (March 25, 2010, 17:24 GMT)

Martyn is way too classy to end like that. He should not be feeling down due to his age as we can see how the shelf-life of modern athlete has been improve over the years.

He could go do the Coaching but his playing day is not over yet by far.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2010, 16:48 GMT)

He is a classy player , unfortunately he is not an agressive player like Gilchrist or Hayden.

Posted by Super-Sports.co.uk on (March 25, 2010, 15:40 GMT)

Look, Damo was one of my fav player to watchh. Personally I thought he was one of the most stylish players to play the game. Caressing the ball was a trade not many have, and Damo was a MASTER. But on the other hand, he WAS and since his retirement cricket has come along way. Cricket played worldwide has changed. Unfortunately Damo hasnt played much cricket at a higher level which showed in the game he played. Conventional way of playing is going to be non-existant in a few years and the players of today need to realise that and change thier game in order to keep up with the times to play at the highest level. A prime example is KALLIS who has adapted his game in so many ways! He consistently performs in all forms of the game!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2010, 14:35 GMT)

It's obvious in professional cricket, for a player of his caliber like damien martyn, too would be kicked out of the final 11. all that matters is being in sync with the game, playing along continuously. no doubt damien has a class of his own but his absence from professional cricket for so long has again proved, no one is invisciblle here and no one should take it granted that he's gonna stay there for all. Warne sure knows what he wants and how he would make it, given how he's done the job in all three editions of IPL.

Posted by cric-kaka on (March 25, 2010, 14:35 GMT)

At least RR has wpken up and dropped one of the free riders.

Posted by Lennon_Marx on (March 25, 2010, 14:17 GMT)

The Western Warriors coaching position is available (so far as I know) and they do have a long history of former players coaching

Posted by addiemanav on (March 25, 2010, 13:24 GMT)

thank god for some sanity prevailing in the RR camp.they need to put their ideas ahead of warne and stamp some authority rather than just help some of warnie's friends post retirement.

Posted by popcorn on (March 25, 2010, 13:10 GMT)

Damien Martyn was the finest artist in the game, like Mark Waugh.He scored close to a century for Australia in a T20 game. He also scored 50 in 22 balls at Cairns in 2002. Stupid to leave him out. Allan Border,Graham Gooch played till they were 40.Surprising that Shane Warne had no say in this? He and Damien Martyn made their debut for Australia at the same time, and they have played a lot of cricket together.Next to go out will be Shane Warne.

Posted by A_Fan on (March 25, 2010, 13:02 GMT)

Does that mea he bagged $100,000 for one match?

Posted by cool_mysterious on (March 25, 2010, 12:38 GMT)

I think it will be better if players decide for themselves whether they should give up playing or they will be made to look like fools. I dont think dada is going to play another ipl. The way he has been batting he is seriosly a setback to kkr.

Posted by luckyrams on (March 25, 2010, 12:15 GMT)

Martyn is a good player,.He can prepare himself for IPL as a player for next season. (One super performance is enough in any Domestic).

Posted by niteshpoonia on (March 25, 2010, 11:08 GMT)

Damien Martyn should've been there in the trimmed squad. He's a class act. One of the best. Royals need someone like him who can play down the anchor's role. He was perfect for it. Ring rust is the only word I have for his dismal show. And you can't judge a player on just one bad game's basis. He has had a career that puts even the best middle-order players to shame. If he were playing some competitive cricket I'm sure he'd have had a better match. Though everyone on that day played bad.

He is Damien Martyn. Those who don't know him shall consider him a cosmic equivalent to Michael Clarke.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2010, 10:27 GMT)

Shame. I was looking forward to seeing him play those beautiful cover drives. Very few things in cricket better a Martyn cover drive.

Posted by Daba on (March 25, 2010, 10:21 GMT)

RR have got good players, we could see a lot of diff when watson joins back the squad. with another 9matches to go they, may even qualify for semis.

Posted by greatkhan on (March 25, 2010, 10:20 GMT)

Martyn should take heart from players like Jayasury & Ganguly who are elder than him but are still playing. He should not think that its the end of the world for him. He is a classy batsmen & i wish him good luck for his future.

Posted by Rydham on (March 25, 2010, 10:11 GMT)

Martyn is better than Ganguly ? The biggest joke of the day ...

People who has provided this comment should see the statastics before commenting.

Posted by inderjitvm on (March 25, 2010, 10:00 GMT)

ahum ahum anyone surprised?!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2010, 9:41 GMT)

It was sad to see a player as elegant and graceful as Martyn struggle to get the ball off the square. The ugly heaves and forced stroke play was somehow unbecoming of him. I am glad that he has been put out of his misery.

Posted by Invinciballs on (March 25, 2010, 9:28 GMT)

Martyn sent home is a shock when they hv already lost Smith & Dimi to injuries.. anyways Watto's fitness will b crucial.

Posted by _Dev on (March 25, 2010, 9:24 GMT)

Well I got a bit emotional, when RR picked Martyn most of us raised their eyebrows. The only appearance on the field was rusty enough to sustain my thinking. But I though some time in the tournament he might come all guns blazing. It's sad to read such blog which seemed to have been written by loser. He's a champion player should not be discouraged. That's where players like SRT, Hayden, Gilli stand as role model. It's not age, IRS attitude which matters. Come on Damien, you ve been a great player, come positively and make your mark on field. Cheers...!!

Posted by Arrow011 on (March 25, 2010, 9:15 GMT)

Warne has made a folly by picking up old stars, now dead woods from Australia & now he is paying the price. Rajasthan Royals can pose challenge only when Watson arrives, otherwise they are done this year. Ever since Shilpa Shetty got associated with RR it has not been a good experience at all. Mumbai Indians & Banglore oyal Challengers look to be the best now.

Posted by Roamer on (March 25, 2010, 8:52 GMT)

Martyn's selection was only because of Warne fooling the owners and asking them to buy him and pass some quick money to his friend, there was no rationale behind that decision .... I wish owners have some brain too when they choose their squad otherwise they can continue to make these kind of blunders .... if they wanted to give charity, then I think there are enough deserving people in India

Posted by   on (March 25, 2010, 8:40 GMT)

"it's ironic that ever I was to play it had to be against the best bowler in the world. Dale Steyn" Am i glad to read that.. coming from a Australian it makes tickles me..

Posted by   on (March 25, 2010, 8:25 GMT)

gud desicion by RR bettr late thn ever

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (March 25, 2010, 8:20 GMT)

Well it seems Rajasthan has woken up late but they are now doing good....Martyn's selection is as baffling as Dada still continuing to play cricket..

Posted by   on (March 25, 2010, 7:39 GMT)

I think Martyn is a good player & he must not give up on his on-field performances. He is just 38, thats really fine & not that old to give up as a player. He is much better than Ganguly. I think he should make himself available for IPL as a player for next season & forget his blog comments. I hope it was just words of frustration & not a real decision :)

Posted by NISH67 on (March 25, 2010, 7:36 GMT)

Ha ha ! what a joke ! .He is going home with 100K USD in his pocket . This is howw certain franchises are conned by their high profile overseas recruits such as John Buchanan - Kolkatta -last season where he practically brought along all his pals and family to join the coaching set up and in this case Shane Warne ! ,who helped out his mate Marto to get some easy money even though Martyn was a no hoper at that point in his career having had a torrid time even at the ICL

Posted by   on (March 25, 2010, 7:20 GMT)

Damien Martyn should try to get the post of coaching for new IPL Franchises i.e Pune and Kochi. Impossible is nothing.

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