India news December 15, 2010

Family may keep Kirsten from renewing contract - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni has said that the distance from his family might prevent Gary Kirsten, India's coach, from renewing his contract once it runs out after the 2011 World Cup. "Of course," Dhoni said when asked if India were trying to do everything within their powers to make Kirsten stay. "But what you also need to see is he has been part of the Indian cricket team for the last three years. His family - Joshua is a growing kid right now and James is a young kid too [both Kirsten's sons] - which means Gary wants to spend time with his family. That will be the most crucial thing apart from the money aspect.

"He has given [the Indian team] whatever he could, the best he could, and of course it was a pleasure to have him in the side, but then again it is a decision he will have to take. More than the cricketing part, it will be his family that will have a real impact on the decision."

Dhoni said there haven't yet been discussions with Kirsten about extending his contract because the team is focused on the South Africa tour and the World Cup. "It's a discussion that will take place. We will wait for the right time. After this series we have the World Cup coming, which means he still has close to two, two-and-a-half months with us. We will try to get the most out of him, but at the same time, as I always say, it will be a pleasure to have him for another three years."

Dhoni reiterated Kirsten's value to the team over the course of his tenure as coach. "I have always said that he is one of the greatest things to have happened to Indian cricket apart from the talented cricketers we have got. Throughout he has been away from the media, he just concentrates on the work he needs to do. We have had a great time under him. It is an advantage to have him in the side."

Kirsten joined India after the acrimonious tour of Australia in 2007-08, and under him India have completed their ascent to No. 1 Test ranking, lost just one Test series, and are going into the World Cup as one of the favourites. His behind-the-scenes-yet-hands-on style has been appreciated by the Indian players, who have taken every opportunity to thank him.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on December 17, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    I propose this coches ....s.fleming,tommoody,mikyarthur

  • Baundele on December 17, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    How about taking Jamie Siddons? His contract with Bangladesh ends by the world cup.

  • anver777 on December 17, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    If Gary " KIRST"en leaves, then its gonna be somebody's "CURSE" for Indian cricket.... He's one of the main man behind Indian team's success today & to maintain the current no.1 position in tests i think India need to keep him for few more years...... why not offer him an Indian citizenship so that he can stay with his family in India !!!!!

  • dummy4fb on December 16, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    I foresee a huge online activism or requests to keep kirsten in india, especially if India wins the WC.Gary is the one who should have a final say and it should be respected and appreciated.He has done a great job with the team.Salute!

  • stormy16 on December 16, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Gary Kirsten has done amazing things to an amazingly talented bunch of guys and all credit to Gary but surely he will have to be South Africa's next coach. Obviously family comes first and honestly to be discussing Gary and his family's future on a forum is not on. From a cricketing point of view I am sure Gary would want to go back home and coach his own country which surely is the top prize for any cricketer after playing at the highest level. If I were South Africa I would be making plans for coaching team comprising Gary Kirsten, Keppler Wessles and Allan Donald.

  • DINESHCC on December 16, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    my next choice DAV WHATMORE

  • Vijay_MatchWinner on December 16, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Superb coach to have around, away from media, talk less work more natured guy. Gary has been one of the reasons for this achievement of Team India! Good luck Gary for the future :)

  • ashish514 on December 16, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    I don't know why have India been so successful with the foreign coaches, but records clearly suggest that. I think they provide the balancing force to Indian players' laid back, no fuss approach with their disciplined, practice-hard approach. Chappell tried to impose this approach on Indians, while Wright and Kirsten complemented their approach with that of Indians'. Thus,if Gary resigns at all, I think another foreign coach should come. It is a necessary but not sufficient condition for India's success.

  • svalson on December 16, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Stay Gary Stay! A billion-plus people hoping that you do.

  • iamsean on December 16, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Gary was one of the best things to happen for India after John Wright...BCCI should quickly start their hunt for a new coach...I think looking at current coaches Stephen Fleming would fit the role the best..He would definitely be a big asset to the Indian team....after all he is an apt man to replace Gary as a an Opening batsman and as a Coach....he has done a wonderful job with CSK and has a good rapport with M S Dhoni...& i m sure it would do wonders for Indian Cricket to have him in as a Coach....

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