Gary Kirsten Hopes Team India Finds The ‘Most Suited Coach’
Former coach Gary Kirsten showed his support to Team India’s current search for a new head coach. The former South African cricketer, who was the head of support staff during the 2011 World Cup winning campaign, extended his best wishes to the Indian team on Twitter today.
Kirsten was appointed as the head coach of the Indian team in 2008 and was a part of the dressing room till 2011. He stepped down from the position shortly after the World Cup win. There were rumours about a contract renewal. But Kirsten cited family reasons and bid goodbye to the country.
“Most loved and respect Indian coach”
Coaching tenures with India are normally a tricky and hectic job that involves a high level of player management and ability to deal with different sort of egos. Be it an Indian legend like Kapil Dev or a cricketing genius like Greg Chappell, not many succeed in getting the respect of the team and having a happy, controversy-free run with the team.
But, Kirsten, affectionately known as the ‘Guru Gary, was different. He is easily the most successful coach in the history of Indian cricket in terms of popularity and achievements. Only John Wright, the former coach from New Zealand who was at the helm of the Sourav Ganguly-led side which reached the final of 2003 Word Cup, was able to win so many hearts.
Post retirement, Kirsten had a brief stint with his national side, South Africa before turning his attention to coaching young kids in his academy and spreading the art of coaching in South Africa.
The BCCI appointed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which features the legendary trio of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly will be responsible for finding the next coach. The BCCI has invited fresh applications after the initial applicants, which included the likes of Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody, could not satisfy the Indian Cricket Board.
Here is the message:
“Always loved working with Team India and hopefully they find the coach most suited for their team.”
Always loved working with Team India and hopefully they find the coach most suited for their team.
— Gary Kirsten (@Gary_Kirsten) June 27, 2017
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