Gary Kirsten

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya (Credits: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag Praises Hardik Pandya For His Remarkable Efforts As A Leader In IPL 2022

Virender Sehwag, the former Indian batter praised Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya for his efforts as a leader and player during IPL 2022. The former India captain believes that factors off the field should not be considered while assessing him or any player.

Gujarat Titans (GT) captain Hardik Pandya silenced several critics by leading the franchise to the title in their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 campaign. Gujarat Titans became the 7th team in the history of the tournament to win the cash-rich league. He is just the 2nd captain in IPL’s history to win the player of the match award in the Final.

Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya - Twitter
Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya – Twitter

Virender Sehwag Praises Hardik Pandya For Standing Apart Across All 3 Departments And Gujarat Titans’ Coaching Stuff For Supporting Players Well

Several doubts were raised when the new franchise appointed the all-rounder as their skipper. However, Hardik Pandya rose to the occasion across all fronts by guiding GT to a top spot in the league stage. Moreover, he never let the burden of captaincy affect his performance as he ended with 487 runs and eight wickets in the tournament.

Claiming that only events on the field should be used while assessing a player, Virender Sehwag said: “The personality off the field does not matter, it is absolutely irrelevant. Because it makes no impact on the field. Hardik Pandya has stood apart across all three departments this season. People love Pandya because of the things he does on the field, not off the field.”

Hardik Pandya grabbed 3-17 with impeccable medium-fast bowling to restrict Rajasthan Royals to 130-9 after Sanju Samson won the toss and chose to bat. The GT skipper then made a crucial 34 off 30 balls as Gujarat scored 133-3 in 18.1 overs. He got three important wickets in the big final. He got the wickets of Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, and Shimron Hetmyer. With the bat too, Hardik Pandya arrested a collapse chasing a low total.

Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya
Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya (Credits: Twitter)

Apart from Hardik Pandya’s captaincy credentials, doubts were raised about GT’s squad as well as their coaching staff led by Ashish Nehra as head coach. Much like the captain, Ashish Nehra has been credited for maintaining a positive team atmosphere and was rewarded with the title in his very first assignment as a head coach.

Praising the work done by the GT support staff over the course of the tournament, Virender Sehwag said: “It is not like GT had a star-studded coaching staff. Apart from Gary Kirsten, they were relatively inexperienced. But, they played their role really well. They have supported the players really well and given them what they want.”

Gary Kirsten, who reprised the role of team mentor, and Ashish Nehra had previously worked as part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) support staff a few years ago. New faces in the GT coaching unit included Vikram Solanki, Aashish Kapoor, Narendra Nagi, and Mithun Manhas.

Virender Sehwag: Gujarat Titans Will Play Next Season IPL 2023 With The Pressure Of Being Champions

Having won the title in their maiden season, GT will go into the next season as the defending champions. The new franchise only became the second team after the Rajasthan Royals (RR) to win the IPL at the first attempt.

Opining that the real test for GT will come in the form of next season, Virender Sehwag stated: “In the next tournament, GT will come with the pressure of being champions. That’s because everyone will hold expectations from them now. Now we will see how they perform under pressure.”

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

GT’s philosophy of playing without fear came on the back of minimal pressure in their debut campaign. Factors such as playing at home and the gained reputation will come as a real test for the Hardik Pandya-led side in their pursuit of retaining the title next year.

Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss Would Not Rule Justin Langer Out As England’s Next Coach

Andrew Strauss ‘wouldn’t rule out’ appointing outgoing Aussie coach Justin Langer as England’s new head coach in what would be a sensational switch of loyalties from Ashes rivals Australia.

Just hours before Justin Langer quit his post as Australia’s coach, Andrew Strauss admitted he would be considered to replace Chris Silverwood and be tasked with reviving England’s ailing Test team after losses against Australia, India and New Zealand in Tests. England had a poor year winning only 4 of their 15 Tests in 2021.

The development came as Aussie cricket legends including his former teammates vented their fury at Cricket Australia for their ’embarrassing’ treatment of Justin Langer, who was offered only a short-term extension to a contract that expires in June 2022. That prompted Justin Langer, 51, to tender his resignation with immediate effect, ending months of speculation over his future in the national coach role.

Chris Silverwood, England former head coach Getty Image.
Chris Silverwood, England former head coach Getty Image.

Andrew Strauss Would Not Rule Justin Lager Out As England’s Next Coach After Chris Silverwood

Justin Langer had done much to restore the reputation of Australian cricket following the 2018 ball-tampering scandal and had just overseen a 4-0 Ashes win over England hot on the heels of victory in the T20I World Cup.

Justin Langer’s coaching style wasn’t to everyone’s taste, however, with an external review last year finding some players thought him too harsh, leading to a poor relationship with the team.

But now the odds are shortening on Justin Langer taking on the England job after Chris Silverwood was axed earlier this week following the debacle Down Under. Andrew Strauss, who is serving as interim managing director of English cricket, enjoys a close relationship with Justin Langer having played together at Middlesex.

Andrew Strauss said: ‘I know him well and on the surface he’s done a very good job with that Australian cricket team so I would’t rule him out [for the coaching job]. ‘I’m sure there are plenty of others as well.’

Andrew Strauss. Photo- Twitter
Andrew Strauss. Photo- Twitter

It followed a brutal week in which Chris Silverwood, managing director Ashley Giles and batting coach Graham Thorpe all lost their jobs in a complete overhaul at the top of English cricket. Test team captain Joe Root survived the cull, however, and can focus on leading England against West Indies next month.

Intriguingly, Andrew Strauss also said: ‘I personally feel someone with an outside view who can check and challenge the thoughts within the dressing room is a healthy thing.’

His remarks were enough to move Justin Langer from odds of 5/1 on Friday to the position of 5/6 as a favourite for the head coach job ahead of South African Gary Kirsten on 9/4.

Justin Langer Was Backed By Michael Vaughan To Be England Coach

Justin Langer immediately won favour from former England captain Michael Vaughan, who believes the ‘cosy’ dressing room needs a shake-up in the wake of their Ashes failure.

Michael Vaughan wrote: ‘I do not see anyone else better suited than Langer to crack heads together and bring some tough management to a group of England players who have become too cosy recently. He is an Ashes winner, T20 World Cup winner and knows everything about playing in Australia. Just go and get him.’

Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Justin Langer was considered for the England role in 2015 and admitted he gave it serious thought before deciding to stay with Western Australia. His resignation as the Australia coach on Saturday led to a chorus of criticism.

Ricky Ponting claimed it was ‘a very small group of players and other support staff that had grown tired of Justin Langer’s intense style’.

He said: ‘Sounds like he mustn’t have had the full backing of the board. He was very keen to continue on in the role, as he should’ve been, having just won a T20 World Cup and the 4-0 result in the Ashes.  That’s been enough to force a man that has put his life and heart and soul into Australian cricket. I actually think it’s a really sad day as far as Australian cricket is concerned.’ 

Matthew Hayden was also angered by the way Justin Langer had been treated.

It could have been a much tighter process,’ Hayden said, adding: ‘We’re talking about a legend of the game, a centurion, an Ashes-winning and World Cup-winning coach.’

Andrew Strauss, who recently became the temporary director of English cricket in the wake of Ashley Giles’ departure, lauded Justin Langer’s success with the Australian team.

Hardik Pandya Image: PTI
Hardik Pandya Image: PTI

Hardik Pandya Is Really Motivated To Get Into The Mix From A Leadership Perspective- Gary Kirsten

Former South Africa opener Gary Kirsten is quite excited to work with Hardik Pandya. He spoke at length about his role as the Ahmedabad franchise made an official announcement about their pre-auction pickings.

On Friday, the Ahmedabad franchise announced that their three pre-auction pickings would be Hardik Pandya (15 Crores), Rashid Khan (15 crores), and Shubman Gill (8 crores). They also appointed Hardik Pandya as their skipper for the upcoming season. Earlier the CVC Capital-owned franchise also announced that Ashish Nehra will be their head coach while Gary Kirsten will join them as a team mentor and batting coach. Former England opener Vikram Solanki will take the duties of ‘Director of Cricket’ to oversee all the proceedings.

Hardik Pandya AFP/Getty Images
Hardik Pandya AFP/Getty Images

Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan & Shubman Gill are three pickings for Ahmedabad ahead of the auction

Speaking to Star Sports, Kirsten said that he’s very excited to work with Pandya as he understands this format well.

“I am looking forward to working with Hardik as a young and new captain. I think he will be really motivated to come in and make a plan and show what he is capable of at this level of the game as a leader,” Gary Kirsten said.

Notable that Hardik Pandya has been struggling with form so he lost his place in the Indian team but Kirsten believes that he will turn things around.

“He’s a great player. What I have heard is that he is really keen to get into the mix and get involved. I think he understands the importance of this tournament. What I have heard is that he is raring to go and get into the mix from a leadership perspective. So, I think that’s really exciting for us to have a player with such a level of skill, motivated to do well in this competition,” he added.

The coach of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winning Indian team Gary Kirsten being carried on the shoulders of the champion team after India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals to lift the World Cup. (Photo: Twitter/@ICC)
India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals to lift the World Cup 2011. (Photo: Twitter/@ICC)

Kirsten previously worked with Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and Royal Challengers Bangalore. This time he will work as a mentor and batting coach alongside the head coach Ashish Nehra.

“My role, the designation is Team Mentor / Batting Coach, so I am going to have my hands full with handling a lot of work at ground level, but essentially, just to be assisting players in preparing them to be the best versions of themselves and the team that they are going to play,” said Kirsten.

“I love the coaching and I am really looking forward to the role. I have journeyed a lot through IPL, of four years. I’ve been involved in a lot of short-format matches and got a decent understanding of what a team needs to do, how you need to find that winning flow, which is a priority in IPL,” he added.

The IPL auction will be held on February 12 and 13 as the Ahmedabad franchise will go with the purse of 52 crores.

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Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)
Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan And Shubman Gill Set To Be Part Of Ahmedabad Franchise In IPL 2022

Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill are set to be a part of the Ahmedabad franchise for the upcoming IPL 2022 season.
The Ahmedabad franchise, which was bought last October by CVC Capital Partners (Irelia Company Pte Ltd), has also finalized its coaching staff – they will be led by former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra, and former South Africa batter and head coach Gary Kirsten.
Former England batter Vikram Solanki, who is currently Surrey’s head coach, will be the team director. This is the second IPL franchise where the trio will work together: the previous instance was at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Hardik Pandya Image: PTI
Hardik Pandya Image: PTI

Hardik Pandya And Rashid Khan All Set To Play Together For Ahmedabad Franchise

Ahmedabad and Lucknow, the two new franchises participating in the IPL 2022, are yet to disclose the players they have bought but the deadline for doing so is fast approaching- January 22.  Both teams were given the same purse – INR 90 crore – the same as the existing eight franchises.
However, unlike the other teams, which could retain four players, the two new ones can buy a maximum of three players with the overseas slot limited to one. It has been learned that Ahmedabad has decided to pay both Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan the same amount – INR 15 crore.
It is also learned that Hardik Pandya is likely to take charge as Ahmedabad captain, a first experience for the allrounder in the IPL. The third player – Shubman Gill – will be paid INR 7 crore. This means the franchise will go into the auction in February with a purse of INR 53 crore.
Hardik Pandya’s rise, since he was bought as an uncapped player for a mere INR 10 lakh in 2015, has been exponential. By 2018, he had established himself as the best allrounder in India and Mumbai duly retained him as their second pick at the auction that year, paying INR 11 crore.
This is the first time Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan will play for the same team in the IPL, having previously represented Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. Hardik Pandya is a four-time title-winner. However, Hardik Pandya struggled with fitness issues over the last two IPLs and did not bowl at all in this period. His batting, too, hasn’t been as effective as before.
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
That forced Mumbai to look in a different direction as they retained the in-form Suryakumar Yadav, who has proven he can bat and accelerate at any position. Hardik Pandya is currently focussing on regaining complete fitness and has not been part of any of the Indian white-ball squads since the 2021 T20I World Cup.
As for Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan legspinner became a big talking point immediately after Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to retain Kane Williamson, who will be full-time captain from IPL 2022, along with the uncapped Jammu & Kashmir pairing of Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.
In 2017, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Rashid Khan for INR 4 crore and, a year later, they retained him for INR 9 crore. Remarkably, Rashid Khan featured in all 76 matches played by Sunrisers Hyderabad since his debut, picking up 93 wickets at an economy rate of 6.33. Only Jasprit Bumrah has taken more wickets (104) than Rashid Khan in the last five IPL seasons.
Sunrisers Hyderabad wanted to keep Rashid Khan, so they told him that he would be their second pick behind Kane Williamson. The talks got derailed thereafter, which freed Rashid Khan to weigh up his options, including going into the IPL 2022 mega auction.

Shubman Gill Also Set To Be A Part Of Ahmedabad Franchise In IPL 2022

For Shubman Gill, this will be his second team in the IPL having been picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 auction for INR 1.8 crore. The 22-year old, who has already played 10 Tests and three ODIs, has been earmarked as one of the brightest young talents of this decade, and at one point was even looked upon as a future leader by the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)
However, the Kolkata Knight Riders had several other options when it came to the retention and Shubman Gill had to be left out. Shubman Gill was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and he was let go by the franchise as the franchise retained Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, and Andre Russell instead.
Ahmedabad’s third choice Ishan Kishan didn’t work out and they zeroed in on Shubman Gill, who could also be seen as a potential captaincy candidate.

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BCCI Silent On CVC Capitals As Their Lawyers Engaged On Finding Right Terms For Agreement

BCCI has been consistently and steadfastly maintaining silence on CVC Capitals after the American company’s acquisition of an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. The lawyers of the two parties are engaged in finding suitable and lawful terminology for the agreement to be signed for the Ahmedabad team of the extravagant league.

The protracted delay is only because of the efforts from the legal luminaries to find the right wordings for the fine print of the agreement. The broad consensus is understood to have been reached already. Despite the fact that there is an acknowledgement from all concerned that the issue is taking too much time but it is believed that the delay cannot be avoided.

IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

BCCI Hoping To Stick To February Mega Auctions Dates For IPL 2022 But It May Be Extended By 1 Week Or 10 Days

An obvious fallout of this delay is the potential impact on the IPL 15 timeline and the board is believed to be preparing for this, even if it means postponement of the mega auction.  The new teams – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – are expected to be given at least 15 days once the CVC issue is resolved for signing its players and that could have a rub-on effect on other IPL activities.

BCCI is hoping to stick to the February 12-13 auctions dates as of now, but if need be, it may put it off by a week or 10 days. The final auction dates will be announced once the agreement with CVC Capitals is signed which the board officials are saying will be sooner than later.

Like the original eight teams, even the new franchises will have an auction purse of ₹90 crores going into the auction. Out of which they will be able to spend up to ₹33 crores on the player draft. They are allowed to sign three players with a price bracket of ₹15 crores, ₹11 crores, and ₹7 crores respectively.

CVC Capital
CVC Capital: Getty Images.
CVC Capital, an investment firm, is all set to get the green signal from BCCI ahead of IPL 2022. It is notable that the company’s links to online betting and gambling companies became the big hurdle to their participation in IPL. Earlier the firm bought the rights for Ahmedabad based team after a successful bid of Rs 5625 crores while the other new addition- Lucknow based franchise is owned by Sanjiv Goenka group with the price tag of Rs 7090 crores.

BCCI May Utilize Only Mumbai As An IPL 2022 Centre For Covid-19 Cases Rising

Simultaneously, the board is also preparing a Plan B for the league. With the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the country, there may be a possibility that the BCCI will utilise only Mumbai as an IPL centre. At this stage, two options are on the table – 10 centres or just three centres (the Wankhede, CCI and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai). Going back to UAE has not yet been thought of by the Board officials as yet.

With the country seeing a rapid increase in the number of Omicron cases lately, the BCCI is understandably concerned about the Covid-driven health hazards nationwide in April or May, when the IPL is scheduled.

BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI
BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI

However, the option of advancing the starting date by week — from April 2 to March 25 – is also being considered, the purpose of it being to have fewer double-headers and day games.

Meanwhile, BCCI extended the deadline for the two new franchises to sign three players before the Mega Auction. Earlier the deadline for the same was December 25. Also, the BCCI officials confirmed that the Mega Auction for IPL 2022 will be held on February 12 and 13 at Bengaluru.

It’s notable that this time IPL will be a 10-team affair. BCCI also asked various boards to submit the list of the players who will go under the hammer. Soon the IPL governing council will have a meeting with the IPL franchises to discuss the plans for IPL 2022.

Gautam Gambhir was appointed as the mentor of the Lucknow franchise for IPL 2022. Andy Flower has been picked as the head coach. According to reports, the franchise has approached Gary Kirsten to be the consultant of the team for the 2022 season. The franchise is also looking to pick KL Rahul or Shreyas Iyer as the skipper of the team.

The Ahmedabad franchise is interested to pick Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the team for IPL 2022. Moreover, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar are reported to join the Ahmedabad franchise as bowling and fielding coaches respectively for IPL 2022 season. Like the Lucknow team, the franchise might also target KL Rahul or Shreyas Iyer for the skipper’s role.

Gary Kirsten

England Test Team Would Be A Lovely Project, Says Gary Kirsten

Former South Africa batter Gary Kirsten said that coaching England in the longest format would be a huge honour for him. However, Kirsten made it clear that he can’t commit to all the formats.

The 54-old South Africa opener previously coached India and South Africa and took them to no.1 ranking in Test cricket. And as England cricket fraternity is asking Chris Silverwood to step down from the role, Gary Kirsten showed his interest to work on this project.

The coach of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winning Indian team Gary Kirsten being carried on the shoulders of the champion team after India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals to lift the World Cup. (Photo: Twitter/@ICC)
The coach of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winning Indian team Gary Kirsten was carried on the shoulders of the champion team after India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals to lift the World Cup. (Photo: Twitter/@ICC)

I’ve walked this journey twice now (when England recruited new coaches in 2015 and 2019) and I’ve always made it clear that I would never commit to doing all formats,” Kirsten said in an interview with I News.

“And when international cricket boards get their head around the fact that they need to split coaching roles, then it becomes a consideration,” he added.

England won the ODI World Cup in 2019 under the coaching of Trevor Bayliss but their form in the oldest form has been a big issue for a while. In this home season, they lost both home series against New Zealand and India.

Listen, the England ODI side is set up, you’re the best ODI side in the world at the moment. It’s a project that has been well thought out, you’ve got consistency in the players that have been picked,” he said.

Chris Silverwood, England head coach Getty Image.
Chris Silverwood, England head coach Getty Image.

“Your Test side has battled for a while but it would be a really lovely project to get that going,” he said.

England’s next Test assignment will be a 3-match series in West Indies.

Meanwhile, former players have put their opinions with or against current coach Chris Silverwood. Former England coach Trevor Bayliss believes that there is no need to make him scapegoat while former England opener Nick Compton believes that Gary Kirsten is the right candidate to take the England test team forward.

“I would make a change now, I think Silverwood is a good man and did the best he can. Kirsten would be the right person. He understands top-level batting, he’s been there in a consistent fashion.” Compton told Sky Sports News.

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Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower prepares to reverse sweep ©Reuters
Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower prepares to reverse sweep ©Reuters

Andy Flower Frontrunner To Become Head Coach of Lucknow Franchise In IPL 2022

Former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower has emerged as the frontrunner to become head coach of Lucknow franchise for IPL 2022. He previously has worked with Punjab Kings for the past two years as an assistant coach. He has already stepped down from that role for Punjab Kings.

andy flower
andy flower England coach

Also there are reports that KL Rahul and Rashid Khan will join the Sanjiv Goenka owned franchise. Notable that these newly inducted franchises can sign maximum 3 players (Max two Indians) before the mega auction.

“We have been hearing a lot of names. Only today someone wrote that Gary Kirsten is also becoming the coach. We are in the talks with a few, but unless signs for us, we cannot confirm.” A team official told PTI.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

Gary Kirsten, Daniel Vettori and Ashish Nehra are also in talks

Andy Flower has been one of the most popular coaches around the world at various franchise based tournaments. He coached Multan Sultans to the title in Pakistan Super League 2021. Under his coaching, St. Lucia Kings finished as runners-up in two consecutive years in Caribbean Premier League.

Earlier he had worked with England as head coach for 5 years. Under him England won T20 World Cup in 2010, also England reached to no.1 Test ranking. Also, England won the Ashes 2010-11 in Australia under his coaching.

Other than Flower and Kirsten, there are a few other names that have been emerged out for coaching roles, are Daniel Vettori and Ashish Nehra.

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The coach of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winning Indian team Gary Kirsten being carried on the shoulders of the champion team after India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals to lift the World Cup. (Photo: Twitter/@ICC)
The coach of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winning Indian team Gary Kirsten being carried on the shoulders of the champion team after India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals to lift the World Cup. (Photo: Twitter/@ICC)

Gary Kirsten, 2011 World Cup-winning Coach, Isn’t Interested In Coaching India At Present

Former South African cricketer Gary Kirsten has said that he isn’t looking at making a comeback as Team India’s coach. Team India’s backroom staff is all set to be revamped after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup 2021 as the contracts of head coach Ravi Shastri and other coaches are set to end. Ravi Shastri and his team’s contracts were extended for two years in 2019 by the Kapil Dev-headed Cricket Advisory Committee.

Apart from a new head coach, India will also have new members in the backroom staff. While there are a number of veteran coaches who would be eager to work with India, one name that could pip everyone in the race is that of South African Gary Kirsten.

Gary Kirsten coached Team India from 2007 to 2011.
Gary Kirsten coached Team India from 2007 to 2011. | Photo Credit: BCCL

Gary Kirsten Isn’t Interested In Coaching India At Present

India’s only 50-over World Cup-winning coach, Gary Kirsten had a stint with Team India between 2007 to 2011. Apart from winning the ICC event, India also climbed to the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for the first time under him. Gary Kirsten was in line to make a comeback in BCCI’s system when he was named as CAC’s first choice for the role of the Indian women’s team’s head coach, in 2018.

Since he was associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gary Kirsten couldn’t take up the job. He was also in the race to become the England cricket team’s head coach. But that too didn’t happen. A decade after quitting the coveted post, Gary Kirsten answered the million-dollar question of making a comeback as India’s coach and also spoke about his IPL gigs.

“Not at this stage. I’m involved in a business called CoachED ( which focuses on providing access to online coaching certification for coaches in academies, schools and associate countries. I’m passionate about coach education and I know, with personal experience, the value of quality coaching for any player. CoachED has afforded me the privileged opportunity to serve the game globally and work with young aspiring coaches,” said Gary Kirsten.

Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP
Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP

“India has very successfully moved ahead of the game and is using their primary competitive advantage (depth of players) to great benefit across all the formats,” said Gary Kirsten on change of Indian core and changes in fitness levels.

Gary Kirsten has said that he isn’t looking to make a comeback as Team India’s coach. Gary Kirsten was at the helm of affairs when India won 50-over World Cup in 2011. Gary Kirsten has coached Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals in IPL.

Gary Kirsten: Coaching Is Very Different In The IPL

Former India coach Gary Kirsten, who has seen Virat Kohli from close quarters, reckons he has kept growing. Admitting that he has worked with Virat Kohli – the leader – for merely a year, Gary Kirsten believes the Indian captain is doing a fantastic job.

“I have really only done one season with him as captain. He is doing a fantastic job for his country. Like any young captain, with more experience and understanding of what it takes, he has got better and better. The are many fantastic match-winners in the Indian team, currently.” on Virat Kohli as new skipper.

“Coaching is very different in the IPL than in any other environment. I’m really enjoying coaching in T20 cricket which requires a different set of skills compared to working with an international team. I think the most successful IPL coaches have been able to create continuity with their playing squad. The relationship between the coach and the owner and the systems they co-create is vital to sustainable success,” on coaching in IPL.

“I believe too many owners employ new coaches and make big changes to their playing squad in the hope that there will be a quick turnaround of results and then ongoing success. Cricket seldom works likes that, especially with the margins for winning and losing so small in an IPL game,” on IPL.

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Photo:AFP)
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Photo: AFP)

“Coaching has changed significantly, especially in T20 cricket. Coaches are generally doing all the strategic preparation for matches and have close relations with Analysts who assist them with an endless and rich bank of data. Recruitment and match strategy has become as much a part of the skill sets of coaches as player relationships and man-management systems.” on coaching change.

“It’s an exciting time for coaches and I don’t think we are a long way before coaches can communicate with their captains on the field to make real-time strategic decisions,” concludes Gary Kirsten.

Gary Kirsten was the head coach of the MS Dhoni-led Team India in the 2011 World Cup. His guidance and expertise helped the MS Dhoni-led side lift the 2011 WC crown in India.

With the IPL second leg coming up, Gary Kirsten – who has worked briefly with Delhi and Bangalore IPL franchises -reckoned coaching teams in the lucrative league is very different. He admitted that he is enjoying coaching in T20 as it requires a different set of skills compared to working with an international team.

Ashwell Prince squeezes a run off Danish Kaneria © AFP
Ashwell Prince squeezes a run off Danish Kaneria © AFP

It Was No Dream To Represent South Africa After Being Targeted Racially: Ashwell Prince

Ashwell Prince, a Proteas batsman who scored 3,665 runs at an average of 41.64 in 66 Tests, claimed he had been labelled a “quota player” and was not made to feel welcome in the national team.

CSA has for several years set racial “targets” to ensure diversity in the team and several players said they had to fight accusations that they were selected only because of their colour.

Ashwell Prince at a press conference
Ashwell Prince at a press conference © Getty Images

Ashwell Prince: It Was No Dream To Represent South Africa

Allegations of racial discrimination in South African cricket have been made during a month of hearings, with one star claiming he was blasted as a “quota player” and that representing the national team was “no dream”.

Another cricketer said a modified version of the 1970s pop song “Brown Girl in the Ring” was used to single him out. What Cricket South Africa (CSA) described as a Social Justice and Nation Building project was sparked by current fast bowler Lungi Ngidi’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

Lungi Ngidi. Picture: REUTERS
Lungi Ngidi. Picture: REUTERS

Public criticism of Lungi Ngidi’s comments, including from some former players, led to a statement from a group of black former international cricketers that they had suffered discrimination during their careers. An independent ombudsman, advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, has heard testimony from some prominent former players, including Ashwell Prince and Paul Adams.

“You think that you’re playing for your country, that you’re living a dream, but it was no dream,” said Prince, who now coaches the Cape Cobras franchise team.

Ashwell Prince revealed how three fellow national teammates had used the quota issue to insult him during a franchise game the week before he scored a Test century against Australia as an opening batsman, despite not normally batting in that position.

“I raised my bat to my parents, then to my wife on the other side of the stadium and then, lastly and reluctantly, I raised my bat to my teammates,” he said.

“If I had a choice, I wouldn’t have raised my bat to them. We weren’t a team.”

Ashwell Prince said team management including Gary Kirsten as a coach, had rejected a request from another player of colour to discuss South Africa’s history during a team bonding weekend. He said if such discussions had taken place, the Black Lives Matter issue might not have been so controversial.

Paul Adams Had Not Initially Complained But His Wife Pointed Out He Was Racially Being Targeted

Paul Adams, a spin bowler who took 134 wickets in 45 Tests, said he had been called a “brown shirt” in after-match fines meetings when teammates adapted the words of a Boney M song “Brown Girl in the Ring”.

He said he had not initially complained, but his girlfriend, now his wife, had pointed out that he was being racially stereotyped. Several white former players, including current coach Mark Boucher, director of cricket Graeme Smith and recently retired star batsman AB de Villiers, have been mentioned during the hearings. Mark Boucher has stated that he will respond to allegations against him.

South African spinner Paul Adams. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
South African spinner Paul Adams. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Ashwell Prince said he felt unwelcome throughout his nine years in the national team, was labelled a “quota player” by his teammates on several occasions, and experienced racism in the dressing room. He has not been convinced the issues have been resolved to this day.
Ashwell Prince last played for South Africa in 2011 and detailed how the national team had an opportunity in that year to discuss their diverse backgrounds but rejected it, something that he feels has repercussions on the team dynamic today.
Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP

Ravi Shastri Successful In Ensuring Players Remain In The Right Frame Of Mind, Says Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar said that at the international level, a coach’s job is to ensure that players remain positive in crunch situations which Ravi Shastri has been able to do successfully. India head coach Ravi Shastri has been successful in ensuring that the players remain in the right frame of mind, batting great Sachin Tendulkar has said.

Ravi Shastri has been head coach since July 2017 and under him, India has managed back-to-back wins in the Test series in Australia and advanced to the final of the World Test Championship.

Ravu Shastri has been India's head coach since July 2017.
Ravi Shastri has been India’s head coach since July 2017. (Reuters Photo)

Sachin Tendulkar: Coach’s Job Is To Keep Players In The Right Frame Of Mind

Sachin Tendulkar said that at the international level, a coach’s job is to ensure that players remain positive in crunch situations. Former cricketer and the head coach of India’s men’s team, Ravi Shastri was a member of the 1983 squad which lifted the ODI World Cup for India for the first time ever. The former all-rounder played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs between 1981 and 1992.

“At this level, everyone knows how to defend or drive, bowlers know how to bowl outswingers or inswingers. But to actually keep them in the right frame of my mind is the coach’s job. There is nothing better than having a good atmosphere in the dressing room during critical moments,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today on eSalaamCricket.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar
Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Ravi Shastri stands tall among all the head coaches in the longer format. Out of the 46 Tests India played under him, the team won 28. The winning percentage is 60.87. In ODIs, the former right-handed batsman led India in 91 matches out of which it won 57 with a winning percentage of 62.64.

The high point in Ravi Shastri’s coaching career came when India won the first-ever Test series against Australia in Australia. India’s fightback in the 2018-19 Border Gavaskar Trophy is largely credited to Ravi Shastri for filling the young talent with a never-say-die attitude. India had won the four-match Test by 2-1.

In the next Test series in Australia-the 2020/21 series, India won by the same margin despite missing several key players due to injuries.

Sachin Tendulkar: Gary Kirsten Played An Instrumental Role In Helping India Draw With New Zealand In A Test

Sachin Tendulkar gave an example of how former head coach Gary Kirsten played an instrumental role in helping India draw a Test match in New Zealand.

“We were playing against New Zealand in Napier and they had made a big score in the first innings. We also made a big score but theirs was huge and we were made to follow on with almost two days remaining in the Test,” said Tendulkar.

The coach of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winning Indian team Gary Kirsten being carried on the shoulders of the champion team after India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals to lift the World Cup. (Photo: Twitter/@ICC)
The coach of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winning Indian team Gary Kirsten being carried on the shoulders of the champion team after India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals to lift the World Cup. (Photo: Twitter/@ICC)

“Gary Kirsten did not get angry at all, he came into the dressing room and told us that this was the time to show what we were made of. Let’s go out and bat for two days. And we batted for two days and drew the Test.

“In those crunch moments, if the coach remains calm, a lot of problems go away and that is what Ravi has been able to do. I would also say you have to be stern with players when needed but how you talk to them at those moments is also very important. And he has been able to do that successfully,” said Tendulkar.

Gary Kirsten, the former South Africa cricketer, was Team India’s coach when the Men In Blue won the 2011 World Cup on April 2. Under MS Dhoni‘s captaincy, India lost just one match in the showpiece event against South Africa. India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final to set up a blockbuster finale with Sri Lanka.

A heroic inning by Gautam Gambhir (97) along with an exceptional knock from MS Dhoni (91*) saved India the blushes and saw the Men in Blue lifted the World Cup trophy after 28 years chasing a stiff target of 275.

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