Gary Kirsten has the experience of coaching in both IPL and Team India. He has enjoyed more success as a national coach than being any franchise coach. Under his guidance, the MS Dhoni-led side won the World Cup in 2011 after the wait of 28 years. Kirsten has opined what is the difference between coaching at the national level and franchise league.
Kirsten retired from India’s head coach position after leading them to the World Cup victory. He has taken up several roles of coaching at various levels, including IPL. Unfortunately, he didn’t end up being a successful coach in the cash-rich league. He was the coach of the Delhi Capitals but was sacked from the position before his contract would end.
In 2018, he joined RCB but the franchise had an awful campaign. Subsequently, he was removed from the post. In the recent interaction, Kristen has opened up what challenges he faced which made his coaching tough in IPL.
Difference between Coaching IPL franchise and National Team: Gary Kirsten
Gary Kirsten said that time is the biggest difference in coaching an international team and an IPL side. As per him, it is a challenging job because it is tough to build a team with diverse players.
“Time, biggest difference (between coaching an international team and an IPL franchise). It’s very difficult to build an identity with a team, with a diverse group of players, and to build something that can transcend time,” Kirsten was quoted as saying while speaking on the RK show.
Where RCB has failed?
Citing the example of Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Kirsten said that the franchise can only become successful if they make optimum utilisation of time. He also said that RCB lacks to build the same culture which ends to be a failure in management.
“If you take the most successful franchises, what they have done well, the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings, they have been able to build time into their program,” Kirsten stated.
“So, from one IPL season to the next, the same philosophies, the same cultures apply. So, to shift a culture like RCB, which I think does require a culture shift, it takes time. The bottom line is that your job is on the line from game one. So, when there’s pressure on performance, you start to crisis-manage and then you are gone,” he added.
MI is the most successful team, having four titles and last being won in 2019. CSK is behind MI in the title race, winning three IPL seasons. On the other hand, RCB is yet to grab their hand on the trophy.