Recruiting consultants for main matches emerging as the new trend. The South Africans hired their one time coach Gary Kirsten, who also happens to be the captain of the ship of the Indian team that won the International Cricket Council World Cup 2011 4 years back, and the once “Mr. Cricket” of Australia Mike Hussey.
There is nothing wrong with the consultancy, though, the South Africans interestingly got the 2 just before their high voltage match against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on 22nd February, and Gary Kirsten, who is a consultant with the team for 50 days a year, joined them from Bangalore after attending the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions.
Kirsten is hoped to give inputs on the Indian players while Mike Hussey will help out the squad for only the game against India.
They already got other big name on their side, he is none but South African great Allan Donald as their bowling coach. With the addition of these 2 great support staff, team power is as much as their World Cup team if not more. That only shows how the proteas are not taking the India match lightly.
Both are also mixed up with the Indian Premiere League (IPL) and they may not have much data to share with the proteas. The top South Africans know more than enough about the Indians as captain AB de Viliers, Jean Paul Duminy, Dale Steyn, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Faf du Plessis, Qinton de Kock and Kyle Abbot have all been playing in the popular T20 league for many years.
Gary Kirsten can still talk about the three Indian players from the 2011 World Cup team that is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and Virat Kohli while Hussey shared the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) dressing room with the Indian captain for past 6 years and after playing for Mumbai Indians previous year, he is coming back to the southern metropolis for the forthcoming season.