On Gary Kirsten’s 55th birthday, a look back at the former South African champion’s stellar career as a coach
Last updated: November 23, 2022, 06:45 IST
Gary Kirsten has accumulated over 14,000 runs across the formats in 286 ODIs for South Africa. (AFP file photo)
Gary Kirsten’s sharp cricket mind and MS Dhoni’s Midas touch worked wonders for India at the 2011 World Cup and their team went on to write history
Happy birthday Gary Kirsten: Gary Kirsten is one of the best batsmen to ever represent South Africa. The legendary southpaw has accumulated more than 14,000 runs across formats in 286 international matches. Kirsten is also famous for his coaching career which made him a superstar in the cricket world. The ostentatious coach led Team India to the famous ODI World Cup in 2011.
On the eve of his 55th birthday, let’s take a look back at Gary Kirsten’s remarkable career as a coach.
India team coach
Kirsten was the India coach when the Men in Blue lifted the World Cup after 28 years. Kirsten joined forces with MS Dhoni as the two put together a champion side.
Team India had a disastrous campaign in the 2007 World Cup under the captaincy of Greg Chappelle. Rahul Dravid and his comrades were eliminated from the tournament after losing to teams such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. However, Kirsten’s sharp cricketing mind and Dhoni’s Midas touch worked wonders for India in the 2011 World Cup and their team went on to write history.
MS Dhoni’s India lost only one match in the remarkable event and showed nerves of steel in their knockout matches.
Magic in the Indian Premier League
Gary Kirsten has worked his magic in the Indian Premier League too. The former Proteas captain was the mentor of the Gujarat Titans which won the championship in their debut campaign.
He led the Netherlands to victory against SA in the T20 World Cup
Most recently, Kirsten has been linked by the Royal Dutch Cricket Association to support the coaching staff in the Netherlands ahead of the T20 World Cup. Kirtsten has served as an advisor on the Netherlands team alongside Dan Christian.
Netherlands qualified for Super 12 stage and played an exciting type of cricket. They finished 4th and stunned South Africa in the Super 12 round. The amazing success of the Netherlands at the recently concluded T20 World Cup can be attributed to the genius of Gary Kirsten.
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