You play decent cricket at first class level. One fine day, you with your girlfriend decide to go to stadium to watch your country play. Your team have lost one of their important players due to injury. Your phone rings, given that it’s not on the silent mode and you get asked to report to the dressing room telling that you’ve been picked to play the game. What would your reaction be? Surprised ? Open Mouthed ? Or you might think Meh, one of your friends is just having fun with you.
This is exactly what was going through Luke Pomersbach’s mind when he received that potential life changing call while sitting in the crowd with his girlfriend. Luke who got banned from playing any kind of cricket for Western Australia at domestic level for one year due to sharing too many drinks with Shaun Marsh, bought couple of tickets for the only T20 between Australia and New Zealand played on this day, 12 years ago at Perth.
Just before the toss, everyone got to know about All-rounder Brad Hodge hurting his back. Stuart Clark was already released from the playing XI. The injury to Hodge left Australia struggling for balance as the only combination they could make was 4 batsmen- Wicket Keeper Adam Gilchrist and 6 bowlers which wasn’t the balance a team would prefer to play with in a T20 game even if it’s Australia.
When the Aussie think tank got to know about Pomersbach’s presence in the stadium, they decided to make him an overnight sensation by including him in the playing 11 (They were aware of his hitting abilities). Pomersbach had obviously not planned for this moment but this is something he always dreamt of. He called his brother to bring his kit who reached too late with Australia deciding to bat first.
Pomersbach arrived in the middle with D’Ball written on the back of his jersey (which was the nickname for Hodge) with a cumulative total of only 20 balls to get his eyes in and showcase his hitting abilities too.
The left hander flicked his first ball to mid wicket for a single. Third ball was pitched slightly short and he tonked it over Deep Mid wicket for a massive 6. Fifth ball was almost a yorker which he edged behind the keeper for 4. One more slog over Deep mid wicket for a couple before he hauled out to Long off for a well made 15, an inning which lasted only 7 balls.
Australia scored 186 and won the match by a massive margin of 54 runs but this strangest of strange debut of Luke Pomersbach made all the headlines. After this moment of magic, his career only went through a gloomy phase as he never got picked for Australian team.
The reason of his failure wasn’t just limited to cricket. He hardly adhered to any rules, never took them seriously. Bans, out of court settlements and almost getting arrested for drunk driving became highlights of his life when he should have been in news for cricketing reasons.
Pomersbach played a total of 17 Matches in IPL for two franchises namely Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Although in 2012, when he was still looking to play his first game for RCB, he found himself in trouble for the Nth time as he was arrested on the accusations of molesting a girl. RCB suspended him from the immediate effect. He last played the IPL for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2013.