Fond of everything Indian, viz., food, culture and civilisation, she accompanied Jarman to India. She loves to watch cricket and supports her husband wholeheartedly in whatever he does. Indeed the Jarmans are a very endearing couple.
Indeed they endeared themselves to the players, officials and whom so ever they met during their tour of India. Ms Gaynor Jarman shared her unforgettable experiences in India with Thatscricket.com in this exclusive interview.
Did you enjoy the Indian tour?
Very much, I think the atmosphere was good, the cricket was excellent and I think wherever we went we were well looked after. I really enjoyed this tour.
Which place attracted you most in India, having toured and visited so many places?
I liked all the cities in India, which we visited. Every place has its own charm. But if you asked me to name any particular place, well I would go for the Jodhpur where the third One-day International took place. I think it was a wonderful place. I liked the fort, the people and everything about that city was very interesting.
What about the Taj Mahal?
Unfortunately we could not manage to visit the Taj Mahal. I desperately wanted to see the Taj and after the New Delhi Test, I thought we would go there. The Zimbabwe team did go there and that was the chance. We just failed to visit there and to be very frank I could see the Taj only through the windows of my aeroplane.
What do you feel about the different experiences in India, like say getting caught in the traffic jam at Ahemdabad?
It was really tough. People were flocking on the ground and when we left the hotel to reach the stadium we thought that it will take 20 minutes but such was the traffic that one could walk faster than sitting in the car to reach the stadium. Even Barry was wondering whether he could reach to the ground on time.
Ultimately he rushed to the ground by coming out from the car and walking, I would say he even had to run a few yards to reach the ground on time. He had to be there before the toss and to his relief when he reached the ground, it was wet and the match was delayed by half an hour. The pollution too was very much evident in the city.
Unfortunately you faced an ugly incident at Kanpur, any comments on that?
Yes it was really an ugly incident. We thought that something definitely was going to happen to both of us when our bus was attacked by a few spectators. fortunately the security people rushed to the place and saved us.
What is the best memory that you would be carrying back home about this visit to India?
Perhaps the visit of Rajkot, the venue of the last One-day International. When we arrived at the Galaxy Hotel in the city, we were welcomed in a way that I have never seen before in my life. Few young, very young girls (I have been told they were from S N K School) offered us and the Zimbabwe players religious 'aarti' and that wonderful time still lingers in my heart. So beautiful and so touching.
Could you say few things about your husband Barry?
When we got married, he started playing first-class cricket and he was good.
Did anyone else in your family take up cricket?
No, all my family members either played or participated in sport only up to a certain level.
Do you really enjoy the game of cricket?
Oh, yes I do. There was a period when Barry wasn't involved with cricket and I didn't have much to do with the game. I really enjoy being with him and I really enjoy the game.
Can you name the players whom you really enjoy watching?
Obviously I liked Sachin. He is a wonderful player and really a treat to watch.
Your reactions to the match-fixing scam?
It is a terribly shameful thing to happen to the game of cricket.