Gary Kirsten, the former Indian cricket team coach trusts that the Australia tour had helped the Indians to get accustomed to the World Cup conditions Down Under.

The defending champions spent two and a half months in the Australian climate, and played 4 Tests and a tri-series including England and hosts Australia. The Indian team proceed dismally, losing the Test series 0-2 and not even getting a single victory in the tri-series.  Gary Kirsten feels the time spent there will support India in defending the World Cup title.

Gary Kirsten, who guided India to the 2011 World Cup win at home, told IANS in an interview that he would like to believe that the time utilized there will come as an extra advantage. They are getting two and a half months of match time in those situations. It should give India an extra advantage.

The former left-handed opening batsman added that this is difficult travelling like this. But to have an opportunity to kind of play all their cricket where the ICC World Cup is going to be organized has got to be quite an advantage, certainly.

Kirsten’s talks are showing to be right. India began their crusade getting an emphatic win over Pakistan in their World Cup opener at the Adelaide Oval on 15th February.

The victory helped them remain a perfect tennis score-card of 6-0 in ICC World Cup meetings against the 1992 champions. India will next play against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.

But when he was asked about spending so much time away from home, he replied:  “Mental fatigue may be. They could freshen up and see their families but not physical fatigue. We are in the professional era and you have got to manage that.”

Gary Kirsten, who played 101 Test matches and 185 One-Day Internationals (ODI) from 1993 to 2004, emphasized on the significance of team rotation.

He said that they run team systems now. The key players should be at rest when you need to. One is running a team and not just eleven players who he brings in and out of every match. Those days are over. It does not happen now. Managing the team is the key to success.

 

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