Dalrymple back to his roots
Jamie Dalrymple attended the NatWest OSCAs ceremony for awarding volunteers who have contributed Outstanding Service to Cricket and admitted he felt humbled by the whole experience.
Dalrymple was invited to hand out some of the awards to the people who had been deemed to have gone above and beyond the call of duty at grassroots level.
“The point was made that without grassroots level cricket there wouldn’t be any top level cricket and without top level cricket there probably would still be grassroots level, so it is vital that due attention is paid to these areas of the game,” he told ECBtv.
Dalrymple has been on the Middlesex staff since 2000 and also played varsity cricket for Oxford University during that time. He was amazed to see how much work has been put in at club level in recent years.
“It has been quite humbling to see how much work goes in, how much effort goes in and has been put in over the last few years to build on the PR coup that was the Ashes victory last summer.
“Sometimes it does a lot of good when you are playing in a highly publicised, highly pressurised game. You can sometimes forget that this was a game you got into for fun and that a lot of people do play for fun and with a lot of passion. That is something we have got to remember,” the 25-year-old added.
Dalrymple burst onto the international scene with a bang and was easily England’s best one-day player this season, but he insists that his personal performances didn’t matter if the team didn’t win.
“I had a first series (against Sri Lanka) when we didn’t win a game. I must have fielded question after question with people saying ‘it was a good series for you, shame about the team.’
“It’s a team game. I was busting to win a game, so personally the best thing for me was that win at Trent Bridge. And to go from a lost series and being 2-0 down to drawing with one of the best one-day teams in the game, I hope that has given everyone a lot of heart.”
With the fightback coming in the lead-up to the Champions Trophy tournament, starting in India on October 7, England’s momentum couldn’t have come at a better time.
“I don’t believe there is ever a bad time to win a game, but leading into that competition - it is almost a competition of one-offs, a short group format followed by a knockout situation.
“We have got Australia and India in our group with the third opponent yet to be decided, so there are going to be some highly competitive games of cricket. And with luck we can only gain, with the guys who have been injured coming back.
“And it is a great opportunity to turn over a couple of good sides,” the all-rounder added confidently.
Despite reaching the final of the last Champions Trophy, held in England in 2004, England’s recent performances mean they are likely to be going into the tournament as underdogs.
“I have had my mind away from that for a while, but I guess you would say that was true,” Dalrymple admitted. “The results leading up to the winter certainly suggest that.
“The Australians have always been a good outfit. Yet, last time in the ICC Champions Trophy, in a one-off game, England turned them over.
“Hopefully we will be able to do the same again.”