Jacob Oram admits that a lack of playing time and the constant string of parties at the IPL left him feeling out of touch with the competition.
Having been snapped up by the Rajasthan Royals following an injury to Paul Collingwood, Oram proceeded to play in just two matches in nearly a month and a half spent in India.
Despite it being his third year in the IPL, the Kiwi concedes that some aspects of the tournament are still hard to come to terms with.
“Being here for six weeks, not playing much, training hard but not actually getting on the field has been kind of weird. In a way I feel like I haven’t really got involved in the tournament. I haven’t watched it on TV and I couldn’t tell you the standings, partly because I know our side’s out of it. I feel a bit disconnected from the tournament” he told the Dominion Post.
“After nearly every game there’s an after-party, there’s Bollywood stars there and fashion parades; the drinks are free and the cheerleaders are around. It’s a different world. Sometimes you wonder if you’re here for cricket or not. Ultimately you are. It is good fun, but at the same time I don’t think it’s reality,” the all-rounder added.
As if there were not enough off-field distractions already, Oram and his Royals team-mates had to content with the feverish publicity surrounding captain Shane Warne and his girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley.
“She [Hurley] was here for a week, halfway through the tournament. She’s a very nice lady and has an organic farm herself, so with my wife’s family being organic farmers there was a conversation starter there.
“She brought her kids across and Shane had his three kids there, and nannies and a bit of security so there was a massive entourage for a while,” he explained.
While the tournament may not have panned out as Oram had hoped, he will still take some fond memories from it.
“He [Warne] is a nice guy, really easy to talk to. He’s about to retire and that experience will last forever. I’m glad I had that opportunity. I played alongside Rahul Dravid; there’s some pretty cool things I’ve experienced.” Cricket365