India news January 23, 2011

Kirsten won't renew India contract after World Cup

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Unless there is a drastic turn of events, Gary Kirsten has taken part in his last bilateral series as India's coach. A senior BCCI official confirmed that Kirsten has expressed to the board his desire to not extend his coaching contract with India because of family commitments. In all likelihood, the World Cup will now be his last assignment with India.

"It is a topic that has been discussed at length for a long time. I can confirm that he will not continue his coaching assignment with India after the World Cup," the official said. "Everyone was keen that Gary continue for another term, perhaps of three years. The team and the coach have developed an excellent rapport over the last three years. Everyone can see the results, which are obvious. Gary has also put in a lot of effort behind the scenes to bolster team spirit and oneness among the unit. We must respect his decision, especially because it is based on family commitments."

The official said that the task of identifying a successor will be an important one because while "his legacy will benefit the successor", Kirsten's will be big boots to fill for any coach. India rose to their much-cherished No. 1 ranking in Tests under Kirsten's watch, and developed a habit of often coming back from dire situations.

That Kirsten is unlikely to continue after the World Cup doesn't come as a big surprise. He has previously spoken of wanting to spend more time with his family, and India's captain MS Dhoni, had also said that the team would respect Kirsten's choice. The three years that Kirsten has spent with India have been hectic, and have hardly given him time to be with his family - he has a wife and two growing sons. "Of course," Dhoni said before the start of the series, 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."

Media reports have - over the series - linked Kirsten with a job closer to home, coaching the South African side, who too will be without a coach after the World Cup. Those speculations gained momentum, especially when CSA extended its deadline for applications for the coaching job from January 7 to February 18. However, Kirsten is not quite likely to go looking for another international job that soon, according to sources.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 26, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Gary great job. Before you go please whisper into dhoni's closed ears that he is not playing and to step it up or step out of the captaincy. Dhoni is a good captain but as a batsman he is not doing anything recently just managing the troops well.

  • on January 26, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Gary is best foreign coach who has really lucky man to Indian cricket. The results are known to every cricket fan. Everybody like his ability& team spirit if the nrxt coach should be good team spirit& talent, burning man .what ever may be an Indian or abroad,does not matter.....but we don't want stupid chappel like man. let us hope with gary as coach india wins world cup or not ... Thanks Gray.................. Fulfill all Indians dream once again world cup . Good luck for work done in India.

  • sundarc9 on January 26, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    This is India's best chance to grab the WC for the second time as we will play in the most familiar conditions. This could well be the last WC for Sachin, Zaheer, the leaders in our batting and bowling departments. The GOD of cricket Sachin, the gr8 reverse swing exponent Zak and the architects of this wonderful Indian team Garry- Dhoni combo would not be around for the next WC. This great Indian team has it in them to go to the distance and they owe the coveted trophy to Garry for his making our Indian team such a good fighting and confident lot and to the GOD Sachin and Zak the WC for their remarkable contribution to Indian cricket. Go India Go you can do it....this time.

  • on January 26, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    A very intelligent decision from Gary. He knows that the big 3 will be out in next couple of years and Indian test team will fall into deep trenches of failures. Whoever accepts this job should be ready to be a scapegoat. A foreign coach who gives emphasis on physical and mental fitness of the team, fielding & fast bowling should be an ideal choice!!

  • anoopismyname on January 26, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    why dont ppl ask ANIL KUMBLE or SRINATH to be the coach!!! they r excellent as man managers, which at t international level, is all what coachin is abt.. why dont ppl go to them?? kumble has an excellent record as a captain and a man wel revered in the team for his tenacity.. he wud make the most suitable coach!!!

    wat say u guys???

  • hulk777 on January 26, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    How about ravi shastri? this guy can be a good coach, because he was displined to achieve more than his ability

  • Cric_Rox on January 25, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    i'm not sure whether it is the players, the coach or just luck that India had played so well in the past couple of years. I had watched India play earlier and never felt confident that they would win after they had lost a couple of wickets, but now it has all changed for good. I wish whoever steps into Kirsten's shoes keeps the flow going. Fingers crossed- Go India, get us the WC.

  • on January 25, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    gary kirsten is probably the best foreign coach who has really good to indian cricket. the results are there to see. if the nrxt coavh should be an indian be either mohinder amarnath or sandeep patil. we do not want agreg chappel like man. let us hope with gary as coach india wins worldcup.thank you gary for all the good work done

  • on January 25, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    1)Hope gary gets a good send off than john wright when going home 2)Bcci need to identify a coach and make him the assistant coach for gary for atleast 3-5 months so that new coach can continue the work that gary did. Guys like fleming would be a good choice.

  • Nampally on January 25, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Kirsten is a good coach well liked by the Indian team and will be missed. But world goes on. Unfortunately Kirsten did not develop any good spin combo for India. India has one good fast bowler in Zaheer and One spin bowler in Harbhajan, although currently not in best of form.These 2 need a pace bowler and a spin bowler. That is the difference in India winning the world cup. Indian batting is great but lacks bowling.One spinner I still back is Anil Kumble. He is a wicket taker and still good for the ODI. Alternate choice Ashwin is in the squad but gets dropped all the time.In pace bowling Kumar is the closest to provide a proper foil for Zaheer. If India include Kumble in the XI, it has a chance.Australia has Lee & Watson combo. SA has Kallis, Amla & Pace duo. India has a strong batting but no wicket taker other than Zaheer. This should be Kirsten's last good achievement. Bring in the last missing Pawn before saying good bye to India, Mr. Kirstem..

  • on January 26, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Gary great job. Before you go please whisper into dhoni's closed ears that he is not playing and to step it up or step out of the captaincy. Dhoni is a good captain but as a batsman he is not doing anything recently just managing the troops well.

  • on January 26, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Gary is best foreign coach who has really lucky man to Indian cricket. The results are known to every cricket fan. Everybody like his ability& team spirit if the nrxt coach should be good team spirit& talent, burning man .what ever may be an Indian or abroad,does not matter.....but we don't want stupid chappel like man. let us hope with gary as coach india wins world cup or not ... Thanks Gray.................. Fulfill all Indians dream once again world cup . Good luck for work done in India.

  • sundarc9 on January 26, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    This is India's best chance to grab the WC for the second time as we will play in the most familiar conditions. This could well be the last WC for Sachin, Zaheer, the leaders in our batting and bowling departments. The GOD of cricket Sachin, the gr8 reverse swing exponent Zak and the architects of this wonderful Indian team Garry- Dhoni combo would not be around for the next WC. This great Indian team has it in them to go to the distance and they owe the coveted trophy to Garry for his making our Indian team such a good fighting and confident lot and to the GOD Sachin and Zak the WC for their remarkable contribution to Indian cricket. Go India Go you can do it....this time.

  • on January 26, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    A very intelligent decision from Gary. He knows that the big 3 will be out in next couple of years and Indian test team will fall into deep trenches of failures. Whoever accepts this job should be ready to be a scapegoat. A foreign coach who gives emphasis on physical and mental fitness of the team, fielding & fast bowling should be an ideal choice!!

  • anoopismyname on January 26, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    why dont ppl ask ANIL KUMBLE or SRINATH to be the coach!!! they r excellent as man managers, which at t international level, is all what coachin is abt.. why dont ppl go to them?? kumble has an excellent record as a captain and a man wel revered in the team for his tenacity.. he wud make the most suitable coach!!!

    wat say u guys???

  • hulk777 on January 26, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    How about ravi shastri? this guy can be a good coach, because he was displined to achieve more than his ability

  • Cric_Rox on January 25, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    i'm not sure whether it is the players, the coach or just luck that India had played so well in the past couple of years. I had watched India play earlier and never felt confident that they would win after they had lost a couple of wickets, but now it has all changed for good. I wish whoever steps into Kirsten's shoes keeps the flow going. Fingers crossed- Go India, get us the WC.

  • on January 25, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    gary kirsten is probably the best foreign coach who has really good to indian cricket. the results are there to see. if the nrxt coavh should be an indian be either mohinder amarnath or sandeep patil. we do not want agreg chappel like man. let us hope with gary as coach india wins worldcup.thank you gary for all the good work done

  • on January 25, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    1)Hope gary gets a good send off than john wright when going home 2)Bcci need to identify a coach and make him the assistant coach for gary for atleast 3-5 months so that new coach can continue the work that gary did. Guys like fleming would be a good choice.

  • Nampally on January 25, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Kirsten is a good coach well liked by the Indian team and will be missed. But world goes on. Unfortunately Kirsten did not develop any good spin combo for India. India has one good fast bowler in Zaheer and One spin bowler in Harbhajan, although currently not in best of form.These 2 need a pace bowler and a spin bowler. That is the difference in India winning the world cup. Indian batting is great but lacks bowling.One spinner I still back is Anil Kumble. He is a wicket taker and still good for the ODI. Alternate choice Ashwin is in the squad but gets dropped all the time.In pace bowling Kumar is the closest to provide a proper foil for Zaheer. If India include Kumble in the XI, it has a chance.Australia has Lee & Watson combo. SA has Kallis, Amla & Pace duo. India has a strong batting but no wicket taker other than Zaheer. This should be Kirsten's last good achievement. Bring in the last missing Pawn before saying good bye to India, Mr. Kirstem..

  • P.Srikanth on January 25, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Choices are pretty simple for next coach: 1. Saurav Ganguly: He is person who woke the sleeping Indian team, encouraged young talent and created a belief that they can perform well on overseas soil. The most successful Indian captain though. 2. Anil Kumble: There are no words for his relentless performance. Remember the test where he got his jaw fractured in West Indies, came with a determination next day and got the wicket of great Brian Lara. If they want to shell out huge money and go for foreigners, I will definitely go for Shane Warne or Steve Waugh. Simple right, Shane Warne for his brilliant thinking prowess and Steve Waugh for his mental strength.

  • dodo_gogol on January 25, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I am BEEG BEEG fan of Dada and hard core Calcauttan. However I can still say that Dada would be a very bad coach for the Indian team. His real prowess was his batting and his aggressive attitude. Team India doesn't always have usually have a problem in batting but could use some help on projecting aggression. However, it absolutely needs to improve on its fitness and fielding aspects, to be more competitve with England or Oz when the chips are down. Fielding/fitness was never Dada's forte. So NOT Dada for coach. A foreign coach also helps us understand the opponents psyche a whole lot better. My dream combo: Wasim Akram as bowling consultant Alan Border as head coach

  • Pablo123 on January 25, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    What can you say. The way you Indians praise him for his contribution, is the same way we praised him for his contribution when he was playing for SA. Such a great guy deserves all the praise he can get. WELL DONE GARY, such a great gentleman and cricketer !

  • on January 25, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Ganguly is the best replacement for gary

  • ravi_hari on January 25, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    The process of rebuilding began with Vengsarkar as the Chief of Selectors. His team did a fantastic job in identifying the right talent, making Dhoni the captain and putting the likes of Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambhir in their place when they did not perform, etc. They created that much needed 'value' for the India cap. Kirsten came under controversial circumstances but put everything behind and concentrated only on cricket.That helped the team very much as the team only thought of improving the game and hone their skills. Dhoni proved to be a good skipper who gave value to talent and performance equally. The way seniors are guarded and youngsters encouraged helped the team build mutual trust. The No.1 position in tests is the best result for that. However, I feel Kirsten has not done enough in the limited overs front. It would take a little more time for India to become the best in that format. Which means this world cup may not be ours! Thanks Kirsten and hope you end with a win. Ravi

  • on January 25, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Excellent job by Mr.Kristen....we can get an alternative...but getting someone even close to his efforts & effectiveness is going to be difficult.

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 25, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Kirsten done absolutely Great Job. Winning the world cup would be a ever massive accomplishment for finishing his job. India with a great chance of winning since the venue is India. Going forward is not as easy as now....

  • SuperSharky on January 25, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    I agree with -ksa that 1 of Kirsten qualities was to lay low at the media and not being media frenzy. My favorite coach of all time, the late great Bob Woolmer, use to do that. Bob Woolmer was also a great motivator and worked closely with the Captain (Hansie) who brought the positiveness out of the players. Just like Kirsten and Dhoni. And like rockz.andy said, Kirsten brought out the best in Tendulkar and Gambhir, again. Kirsten spoke of great talent in Kohli and gave Yusuf Pathan a positive edge. I believe their are so many energy in the Indian side that they do need someone calm that believes in positiveness like, maybe Rahul Dravid.

  • on January 25, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    India Rocks Vs Gary Combo

  • -ksa on January 25, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    First of all, to start off with Gary Kirsten has done a fabulous job for India. the speciality of which being he not being media frenzy unlike his predecessor Mr. Chapell who was more interested in giving statements to media. His approach has brought about a calmness and a systematic approach to Indian cricket. As far as his successor is concerned, India certainly has a lot of former cricketing greats who can fit in to his role.

  • on January 25, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    It is very hard to find a replacement for Gary Kirsten

  • on January 25, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    plz never select a aussie..........he wl end the cricketing legacy of india

  • rockz.andy on January 25, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    It will be great for kirsten to teachTeam india to handle the short balls very effectively before the WC..may be his last mission which everyone is looking for! Especially Gambhir and Sachin got the golden touch during kirsten's services to Team india..

    Hits Kohli the only man fetched from Gary..thats the other part! Yusuf-recent form cant say much but he proved his caliber

    Misses under gary Ravindra jadeja M.Vijay R.Sharma Yuvraj he is out of everything except WC 15. hope to find his natural game

    Bowling Dept-India cant find a successor to Zak.

    Its always good to be No.1..Coach not outstanding..the best coach india has got till date

    overall score 8/10

  • pakwellwisher on January 25, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    The only team that will be humiliated is Pakistan.

  • on January 25, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Nasser Hussain of England, Allan Border of Austrlia if he will agree, Stefan Fleming ( will agree 100% ) are good candidates..as of now , India have a good nucleus and one of these can take them to the next level of domination for years to come...Nasser Hussain is top of my wish list ..he is fit, gutsy, low profile , have good understanding of Indian culture , good communication skills , a little eago, and he must work with a new captain regardless of the world cup result as like G Smith got the captaincy at an early age...Kohli and Ghambir looks good...and the only Indian may fit the coaching job is Kumble , but cant see his KCA and other commercial commitments let him do the job.

  • subbudu22 on January 25, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    India is gifted to have a coach like kirsten. BCCI should not take any senior indian players too for the coaching. They should not go even for fleming. Searching some other options would be good. Even Kapil is a great player. But we should use him as the bowling coach. That kind of brilliance is needed for indian bowling. Kirsten forsees that India is having a nice chance to win the world cup, and so he want to return home with the smiles. Gary could be offered for coaching South Africa, but am so damn sure that the optimization of gary by the players will be less. Anyways Indian team has to revive itself from the losses in SA.

  • Gloryof96 on January 25, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Coaching the national team isnt the same as coaching a celeb fun for all IPL team!!

  • Raj_pandian on January 25, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Thanks for supporting me Sridharan Ramalingam..... Whoever it may be (Indian /foreigner), i want India to be world no 1 as long as possible. All the best India..

  • on January 25, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    No superstar from the world of cricket is the right choice for coaching the Indian Team. So the likes of SMG, Anil, Wasim, Lara or Steve Waugh should be forgotten. Indian players are superstars in their own rights. They need a grounded, "in the background" kind of coach. India's two most successful coaches in recent history have been just that - Gary and John Wright. Stephen Flemming seems right at the face of it.

  • immortalsidu on January 25, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    i wonder what happened to robin singh and venkatesh prasad..i think they both did a good job before handing it over to gary..India were doing very well despite not having a full time coach...i think appointing a foreign coach can have positive as well as negative impacts..remember what greg chappell did to India? i suggest we get back to the robin-prasad duo..

  • on January 25, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    i think sanjay has made very good point

  • on January 25, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    It has to be non other Mohinder amarnath or else Sandip patil... If bcci selects out of these two coaches then the value of indian retired crcketers is bound to increase in the world..then we will soon see all other cricketing nations runnng after indian coaches....

  • cricfansri on January 25, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Gary as indian coach for me is pretty over rated!! times before he came and just after 2007 worldcup india was doin pretty good without a coach, he just came along and been a mere pass thru in the sense that he dint bring anything new like intelligent field placings( ala stephen fleming ), killer instinct, etc...our record shows good bcoz other teams have dropped down on performance( like new zealand ), our victories under his regime have come under srilanka who we played most. Ganguly atleast brought change of attitude in indian cricket, gary just let things happen and since dhoni has had luck all the time he never had a problem, dhoni's captaincy is over rated too, dont see any conspicuous style of his own coz he never had one, i ve been a keen observer of his captaincy and let me tell u he let few matches slip bcoz of his terrible captaincy in middle overs( can be seen in his last two onedayers too)...so gary has let indians be indians and just rode on dhoni's luck...nothing new

  • sanjaycrickfan on January 25, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    I think Stephen Fleming will replace Kirsten. Because he is already the coach for Chennai Super Kings for which Dhoni is the captain. Also he must have been familiar with Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors and Srinivasan who are also associated with CSK. Fleming is also a calm influence like his countryman John Wright who also proved to be a good coach for India. Look no further, Fleming will be the new coach for the Indian team.

  • johnsrini on January 25, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    India is more populated than all the Cricketing nations put together. Will the ICC allow India to field two teams? This will put an end to comments such as "what about Badri" and "what about Dosa".

  • johnsrini on January 25, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Somebody suggested Gavaskar. India will exit the super 8 round . They will not lose wickets , but will exit with scores such as 122/2 in 50 overs. Remember Gavaskar at the world cup !! blocked more balls than scored runs. Best not to have an Australian or Indian coach.If at all there is an Indian for the Job then Kapil Dev is the man for the Coach. The only Indian Captain to bring home the World Cup.

  • sundarc9 on January 25, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Gary was simply superb, it will be tough to find a replacement, family being his reason to quit we must respect his decision. We should appreciate kirsten's contribution in converting this Indian team into a world beating side. This Indian cricket team owes a lot to Gary, the ideal thing to happen should be winning the WC for Gary and send him off on a high note. There are couple of Indian names which come into mind as replacement A Kumble, M Amarnath and Dilip Vengsarkar..... we will have to wait and see what the BCCI will come up with.

  • Prats6 on January 25, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Gary has been great as a coach, and the players are testament to it. I hope BCCI chooses the next coach very carefully as India enter a phase where there would be retirements and a lot of tours outside the country.

    Lets just hope for the best. I have the hunch that Kiwi skipper Fleming might succeed him.

  • Debu_r on January 25, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    India is number 1. To bring them down to #10, Sourav Ganguly is the right choce to replace Kirsten.

  • on January 25, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    what about sachin master tendulkar?

  • shankyyy on January 25, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    wanna see someone frm india.. may b gavaskar.. he has got such a good cricketin brain.. stil not sure how he works.. how he wil get along with the players..

  • OutCast on January 25, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    Anyhow, Kirsten foresee what is happening in February... India will exit in super8 round... Gary will go on to coach somewhere...

  • on January 25, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    I hope they renew his contract in BCCI...

  • El_Toro_Loco on January 25, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    I believe Gary has already anticipated india's early & humiliating exit from the WC, therefore instead of getting fired, he decided not to extend the current contract with BCCI. Very well done Mr. Kirsten.

  • Nampally on January 25, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Thanks to Gary Kirsten that India have merged into a unit. Obviously he cannot take up a further term because family is far more important than the Cricket job. So India must accept this and look for a new coach. I can think of a number of local candidates - 1. Anil Kumble 2. S.Ganguly - and some overseas ones - 1. Shane Warne 2. Brett Lee 3. Brian Lara . India needs someone who can rally them into a team and not individuals. The Coach should also be someone who can inspire the youngsters and who is prepared to put in hard work. Kirsten worked very hard with the individuals and deserves a high occalades for his effort. Under him India has come together. But he also had a solid batting line up which helped the matters. With Tendulkar, Dravid & VVS on the verge of retirement the new coach will also be faced with developing younger players to Test class players. Tiwary, Rehane, Mukund & Pujara & complete bowling line up are some of the developing requirements.Can the new coach do it?

  • on January 25, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    gary thank you for your services.. you did a fine job....

    how about Wasim Akram...! :)

  • johnsrini on January 25, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Thank you Coach Kirsten for for taking India to the top. Now I have heard a rumor that that Chappell and his buddy ex test cricketer Dravid want this job. Apparently they cannot bare that India is on top. " We need to fire some top players" they said. Dravid replied that if he is out then Tendulkar is out. LOL No Aussies, No Indians for coach. Get a quiet person.

  • on January 24, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    What a great job Gary did. Now big task is to find another coach who is as good as Gary. I suggest it is time to find another captain also. I cant remember when Dhoni performed in any match recently, when is his recent match winning batting, any man of the match recntly! One idea is to make Dhoni coach, he always says youngsters need to play their natural game but he wont play his natural game. That means time to step-out and be a coach !!!

  • LakmalPhysics on January 24, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Arjuna Ranathunga will be a good replacement for..

  • CricketSnob on January 24, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Gary must be one of the few Indian coaches who left the job rather than being fired. Definitely showing his class

  • CanadianCricketFan on January 24, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    What about formar SA fast bowler Fannie De Villiers?

  • harsoo on January 24, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    After John Wright, Gary Kirsten was the nicest thing that ever happened to Team India. He brought in a lot of discipline in the team and helped the team members believe in themselves which all lead to better team performance. He will go back to SA, may be take a break and then start as SA coach. It makes sense b'coz he will be at home and close to his family. Next coach should be someone who understands the importance of physical fitness and discipline. Dav Whatmore is the best bet and should be the next coach. I don't think we have any player in India, who can fit the bill. They will just rake in the mullah and capitalize on the foundation laid by Wright and Kirsten.

  • on January 24, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    To coach Kristen, you did a fabulous job transforming India to no:1 team in tests, hats off to you. I am not from Tamil Nadu nor am I a Tamilian. I don't understand why people are nuts when few players are selected from certain regions. Reminds me of number of players from Mumbai and Delhi and nobody cared much about it. The reason no body cared was because we were doing good. Look, even if we have some players from CSK, we are WINNING. That's what matters to me. I don't see any Hyderabadi player playing ODIs but I am fine with it as long as we are winning. The same applies to any player coming from anywhere as long as we are winning. PERIOD.

  • zainyrulz on January 24, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Nope.. the next should be Marvan Attapattu.

  • aaish on January 24, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    I wish Saurabh Ganguly to be india's next coach. he was the best captain we had so far.. hope same he can do as coach.

  • KTiwari on January 24, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Stephem Fleming is good replacement. Saurav Ganguly could be good option as well but may be not becoz there are too many people who have played with him. One thing for sure if it is foreign coach then most likely should be from NZ or SA. If we select ENG or AUS coach then it will be another Chappel. We need mild mannered coach otherwise it will not work with Indians.

  • on January 24, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Kirsten did a wonderful Job. During next selection please avoid any Aussies coach. I will recommend Fleming or Ray Jennings.

  • CricketChat on January 24, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    It's just as well that Kirsten finishes up after WC. Even if he wanted to, he wouldn't be able to replicate the kind of success his team had in the last 2 yrs. With the cream of the team aging and have had their best times behind them, he took the right decision to move on from Ind team. I am certain that Ind board would have given him the highest salary amongst all boards had he chosen to stay with them. An Ind team in transition is not necessarily a thrilling prospect as he plans to settle down in SA sooner or later. My best wishes to him!.

  • Pits76 on January 24, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    If Kirsten really cant stay back, it would be sad. One way is to fly him home every week. i am sure the board can afford an expense of 20000 USD every month, he is worth it.

    a second option is to retain kirsten's services for key games and series. have a assistant coach take over is india is playing anyone other than the top 4.

    Gary, stay back please, we all love u!

  • nzcricket174 on January 24, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Stephen Fleming I don't think will coach India...I don't think he can afford to go away from home for more than 3 months a year.

  • on January 24, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Thanks for everything. we miss you

  • on January 24, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Unless there is a drastic turn of events, Gary Kirsten has taken part in his last bilateral series as India's coach. A senior BCCI official confirmed that Kirsten has expressed to the board his desire to not extend his coaching contract with India because of family commitments. In all likelihood, the World Cup will now be his last assignment with India.

  • on January 24, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    i guess the next coach should be Steven Fleming

  • on January 24, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    One of my favorite batsmen though i vl remember Gary Kirsten has a talented n hard working coach, leading Team India to the top of cricketing world.I am proud of you Gary vl miss u n respect you.Hope all your hard work n plans bring glory to Team India with the World cup win.All the best to you n men in blue.

  • SRAM20 on January 24, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    @ Indian_Rules: Are you nuts? Badrinath has been one of India's most prolific domestic scorers who hasnt got enough chances in international level. He played what, 3 tests in total? Is that enough? And he scored a crucial 50 in the first test against SA. He played only 4-5 ODI's. Murali Vijay has scored a century against Australia in a test and is our future test opener. Ashwin has been very good in the games he played so far and is slowly becoming our 2nd spinner after Harbhajan. Parthiv has looked very good in his last 4 games that he played for India. Gony never played for India, Balaji never played since that injury, etc. And considering the Mumbai and Delhi domination that we have seen for ages, nothing wrong in Chennai getting a little favor this time around.

  • atulcricket on January 24, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Thank you Gary! you have done a terrific job. you know how the job is done in most professional manner. I hope some IPL team hires you a coach after this as that will not be as much burden. I hope you get highest pay among all the IPL coaches

  • varunvinod06 on January 24, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    great work gary pls extent ur contract with india gd luk ind for wc

  • on January 24, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    thanx gary!u made us INDIA to become worlds no. 1 in test match!grt job!we ll miss u fr sure!!

  • AdityaMookerjee on January 24, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Gary Kirsten is perhaps the most successful team member of the Indian team, who served as coach. I cannot fathom, whether it is the commitment of the coach, or the commitment of the players, which is more in measure.

  • WC2011Champs on January 24, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    There are ways Kirsten can still continue as Indian coach. Give him 4 months a year time off. Stop playing mindless, UNNECESSARY cricket in the months of April, May, June, July against BD and SL. It is too HOT even for professional athletes.

    Its off season and cricketers must fine tune their cricketing skills, act in Bollywood movies or endorse products instead of meeting Ad Agents at night during a tour in SL.

    Kirsten can start his vacations just before IPL season. Kapil Dev would be ideal choice too.

  • Devd007 on January 24, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Congrats Gary Kirsten on a Grest Job ! Clearly these are difficult shoes to fill. Who will be the next coach --- that only depends on who applies for the position once BCCI puts out an official invitation. I would prefer someone from South Africa or New Zealand...with a good cricket brain, good work ethics, better than average accomplishments as a cricketer, and mild manners. Dhoni's equation with anyone does not matter , since Dhoni's days as a captain is limited. So, after the WC, we will need a new captain and a new coach. It will be a very crucial decision, since India will be touring the world after the WC.

  • on January 24, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Thank you gary for all your hard work for the indian team. We'll surely miss you :) And all the best to india cricket team for WC 2011. Go india :D

  • indicricket on January 24, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    We will hugely miss Kirsten. Of course I have always believed family is more important than any work. We should get somebody who will be like Gary, who does not run to media either we win or lose.Gary was so unlike Greg who always thought he was more important than the team.We should get somebody who will work behind the scenes.Kapildev is not that person. This is not to demean what he has achieved for India as a player. Just that IMHO I don't think he is coach material. If he is interested I think Fleming will be a good option.

  • on January 24, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    I realy agree Raj_Pandian, it was full of Karanataka & Mumai. The number of chances given to Rohit Sharma to prove himself still finds a place in ODI team. If my memory is right he has played only one mathcing winning knock agaist Aus in Aus thats it. There are other few talented player like Badrinath who is as good as Dravid not given enough opputunities. Had Badri is in the ODI squad in agst SA, India middle order would look stong, there is hardly any contribution from Raina in this tour. Yuvi though he did not perform with bat, bowling was useful. What did Mr. Rohit did, in place of Rohit, Badri would have come good, and values his wicket

  • Haleos on January 24, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    @titansnights - Your king Richards was one of the most arrogant players to have played cricket. He was one of the best but arrogance was his forte.

  • amargaur on January 24, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Heartiest thanks to Gary kirsten for bringing team india on top...he has been a key man in the process..he must get all the respect and recognition he deserve..god bless u gary in ur future assignments and ur family....thnks for ur guidence

  • Angad11 on January 24, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Sure we are going to miss gary who had done a grt job but i would also like to see the back of the bowling coach, whoever it is (not sure his name) had done more harm than good to india's bowling. someone like wasim akram or shane bond (if im not wrong he has retired) should be a good choice.

  • jonim023 on January 24, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    India should select Indian player to their coach. I think Sachin Tendulkar is the best man.

  • Kurapati on January 24, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    @ titansnights, Inzamam as a Coach?????? that too for India??????? and you are asking what do you guys say??? heheeh!! that's a joke of the new decade!!!

  • on January 24, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Thanks Gary for all you did.. we'll miss you..

  • Jaggadaaku on January 24, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    @ Ankush Arora, No. 1 team shouldn't satisfy drawing the series. They should win the series, not whitewash but at-least they should win the series. Blind hardcore fan like you cannot see that. India is No. 1 in the ICC test table, and SA is No. 2.

  • on January 24, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    India is lucky enough to get Kirsten & kirsten is lucky enough to get good young team. Big thx to BCCI for allowing him to take his own decision & didnt bother to distrub his & Dhoni combination. Who will be the next coach ?????

  • Indian_Rules on January 24, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    @ vatto.. u feel this is a much better panel only because u support CSK and u find those players in the team. nothing else

  • on January 24, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Gary is one of the best coach of India. He done very good job. Team India will be miss gary.

  • Raj_pandian on January 24, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    @ Indian_Rules wonder why everyone hates tamilians... it was fully mumbai and karnataka people who occupied the whole indian team once upon a time......CSK is the best team in IPL and TN is one of the best team in ranji, who reached semis in the past 4 years....... that's why they are in the indian team...not because they play in CSK or TN.... so stop imaging things... all are doing a good job.. let's hope India to win this world cup......

  • on January 24, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    how abt kapil dev...a great captain and a great all rndr...i think we nedd him to grow all rndrs like irfan pathan..

  • shrini1963 on January 24, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Thanks Gary for your commitment to indian cricket. we respect you as a nice human being. May God give success to whatever you do in future. All the best

  • True_Indian_Raj on January 24, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Garry and Dhoni combination worked very well. India has been playing superb cricket with this combination from 3 years. Thanks to Garry, we will miss U. The successor of You would be " Steve Waugh".

  • VixV on January 24, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    He for SA was a tremendous performer n when out of the feild as coach for India..he has shown that he is a performer even when he is not playing. Great coach n great cricketer..We should thank him for his contribution to Indian Cricket. THANKS GARY !!! WE WILL MISS YOU.

  • tail_spin on January 24, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    nice said mr Rkrishnan....HE should be really considered for that

  • on January 24, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Its not good for India to have the coach working as last assignment. It does not create special urge within the coach as whatever happens he would leave the post. BCCI should have appointed someone else six months back so that we could have got extra level of commitment from him,

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on January 24, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    I Think rahul dravid will retire soon. and sachin will play only test cricket another 2-4 years maximum also laxman.if you are looking for Indian coach best is mohindar amarnath ,ravishastri and sandeep patil or lalu. gavasker is not good . for younger indian coatch best person is sourav ganguley. for outsider stephan fleming is best. best bawling coach is wasim akram or macgrath. but australins are more agrasive mainley not sute to indian players so steve wough is not good he may be clone chappal.

  • on January 24, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Irrespective of WC outcome, Gary should be up for a Dronacharya Award!

  • on January 24, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    @ Jignesh Patel .. Gary has done really well .. We drew the Test series, almost came close to win it, If India couldn't clinch the test series, it was only because the fast bowlers did not bowl upto the mark on day 4 of last test .. What could have Gary done in that???

    then, We won the T20 match.

    then in ODI, we had a much weaker team, No Sachin, Veeru, Gauti .. and guys like Vijay, Raina, Rohit have a very bad footwork, which is a must in those conditions .. apart from that, Dhoni did not play any responsible innings in the middle order which is really bad, Yuvi played well in just one .. the low scoring 190 .. It was then the bowlers, Virat and YKP (he is a gifted hitter) who could win the matches and they did win us two ..

    Stop blaming Gary for this, get your facts right!!!

  • gargi_vizag on January 24, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    The following guys could be considered for the role: Anil Kumble,Venkatesh Prasad,Robin Singh from Indians and Fleming,Shane Warne,Steve Waugh among foreigners..

  • rockz.andy on January 24, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    kirsten did everything what he can do..except dhoni to score runs..reminds me of ganguly who always good captain image..far from IPL he used to score singles and doubles keep the scoreboard hunting..got an avg of over 50..now a days a 50 from dhoni like a water in desert..well done gary!

  • on January 24, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    We'll miss u Gary...respecting ur decision 2 put family first... thanks 4 ur contributions...

  • titansnights on January 24, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    whomever is going to be the coach, plz go for some honest and non-egoitic person.I still remember, Greg chappel was preferred over King Richards and it turned out to be the worst period of Indian cricket...Lets go for some players who have been modest and efficient to be the new coach..I would go for Stephen Fleming or Steve Waugh or Inzamam...what do you guys say

  • on January 24, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Great Job Gary. I think Anil Kumble should be the Indian Coach. Sachin, Laxman & Dravid are at their fag end of the career. Anil can build the young team because of his experience & knowledge of domestic cricket.

  • on January 24, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Sir,

    It is sad that after a long time we had a disciplined and team work teaching coach for Indian Cricket which is one of the games worshipped right from the poorest citizen to the No.1 citizen of India. All love that game and he is departing when India is at its peak, let us forget the lost series with South Africa. But India had showed that we never bow before defeat, and let them keep their heads always high and win the world cup in our soil and give it as a present to the GEM OF INDIA AND CRICKET IDOL - THE GREAT MASTER BLASTER - SACHIN DA.

    All the best to Kristen, Dhoni and his 14 soldiers to fire their guns against the other 11 teams and blast the team in the final at Wankhade on April 2, 2011.

    OF COURSE SINCE WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS AND LIVE FOR THEIR NEAR AND DEAR ONES, I AM ALWAYS WITH KRISTEN IN HIS DECISION NOT TO CONTINUE THE CONTRACT.

    HOPE INDIA WINS THE WORLD CUP AND TREAT IT AS "GURU DAKSHINA" , THEREBY HITTING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE. INDIA IS BEST

  • indianzen on January 24, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    some one was asking about coaching by ganguly... are you nuts ? Stephen Fleming/Dev whatmore can be the next coach...

  • Vatto on January 24, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    @Indian_Rules: My dear friend... There should be a limit to your imagination. Can you please name when Joginder sharma played after the T20 WC??? Or can you tell me a better fastbowled than MS Gony in IPL 1 or played better than Badrinath who helped india won the series in Srilanka??? Didnt Parthiv Patel do well in SA tour? Or didnt Ashwin win matches against NZ? Just dont let imaginations get the better of yourself and talk some absolute trash... If you want to say Rohit Sharma or any other crap is better than Badrinath, he has had twice the number of chances than Badri and not done half of what Badri has done. And listen, there is only 1 player from TN/Chennai in the world cup... Not are the days when chandru borde was the selector and u had 7 from karnataka like srinath, prasad,kumble, dravid,joshi, david johnson, dodda ganesh, sujith somasundaram etc... or when sachin was the captain when u had dighe,kanitkar, kulkarni,kambli, mambrey, kuruvilla etc. this is a much better panel....

  • on January 24, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Thank u Gary for u r service :) I think this is the best time for indian team members to give a great gift to great coach by winning 2011 wc.

  • Jaggadaaku on January 24, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Whoever foreigner becomes India's coach, he is not able to give success to India against his own country. Look at the history. When John Write was India's coach, India got defeated very badly in NZ. When Chapple was India's coach, India did not win in Australia, and now in SA also showed the same result. India also produced many quality cricketers in history, but they still depend on the foreign coach. I mean why they don't pride their own star cricketers from history? India is not like Bangladesh who just started to play International cricket. Our country has many quality cricketers, then why the management shows poorness hiring foreigner as a coach? If you don't pride your own cricketers, you cannot expect the foreigner giving success to your country.

  • on January 24, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    A bit of a sad news indeed....I have always vouched for Dave Vatmore's coahing skills. For goodness sake, let it be anyone who doesnot use the word 'Process'........

  • Vatto on January 24, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Guys... Stop this Sachin mania... He certainly would not like to coach india in the near future... Considering the experience in his reign at captaincy... Let him play till he likes to... Steve Waugh might be good but India would like to have a soft guy who gets the team and cricket do the talkin and not with his mouth like Greg Chappel. I certainly think Stephen Fleming would be the exact replacement for Gary considering their profiles...

  • keshabn on January 24, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Stefan Flemming will be good successor

  • Icyman on January 24, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    @ Tahir1234, Kirsten has done quite a lot. To turnaorund a team in whom no one believed after the 2007 WC is a huge ask. For a person with no prior coaching expertise, the results have been remarkable. It would be great if he can add another featehr to his cap- that of the World Cup.

  • on January 24, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    wats ur say on sourav ganguly????? he can b th man??

  • gul99 on January 24, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Gray u were great for INDIA.it was his struggles that INDIA is first in test rankings..GRAY wish u best of luck in future...

  • on January 24, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    As an Indian I am indebted to Gary for his contribution to Indian Cricket. We as a nation obsessed with Cricket say "Thank you Gary" with one voice.

    -Balaji Chennai

  • veerababa on January 24, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    I Agree ponnu_KKR...Steve Waugh would be great...we want a man like him.

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Bloody looser greg chappel..almost brought india to a level of zimbabwe and kenya....so no oldies anymore... coches i feel wud be gr8- Adam Gilchrist, stephen fleming,saun pollock, jonty rhodes....

  • arvindthiru on January 24, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Kirsten did a great job as a coach and after world cup his inputs will be missed in tougher conditions in WI, Eng and Aus. With three tough tours coming up, it would be difficult for a new coach to gel with the team and build a good confident side. So a Captain with a team manager + bowling consultant +fielding consultant would do good for team India. If not, Fleming who has worked with Dhoni should be a good choice. Since Dhoni will trust Fleming's judgment, other boys in the team will follow their captain. Othen than this no other foreign coach could work and with BCCI always vying for a foreign coach, this remains the only possibility. Though the first choice of no-coach sounds better for a short period of time.

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Gary is good but I would reccoment John Wright was the best. Gary is fortunate to coach this ultimate team...India will belike this if any other came to the coaching side...among all coach's India has John was the best....

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    hat's off Kirsten. thank u for lifted up Indian team to high position.... really u done a great job.... I'm sure this would be excellent job then u played for SA team.. thankz a lot........ salute 2 u....

  • kapilesh23 on January 24, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    the world cup results doesn't really matters .gary kirsten would go down not only in Indian cricketing history but also in the world as one of the best coach .his greatest achievement would be taking India to the pinnacle of test ranking and maintaining it for over a long period of time with average bowling attack .

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    thank god! this man has made all the Pakistani Cricket Fans jealous by rising Indian Cricket to new heights......! :)

  • zlendle on January 24, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Gary Kirsten a Great Sportsman............

  • spolsani on January 24, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    I don't think this is the right time for this point to be discussed, whoever this senior official from BCCI is he should not have commented on this at this point and before the big event. Let the coach and team focus on the event rather than this topic at this point. ALL THE BEST TO TEAM INDIA

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Great news. The King is coming home.

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Awesome job by Kristen. I want to see India team winning world cup under his coaching. Thats should be ice on cake.

  • Sandman5five on January 24, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Hmm... So Gary has decided to move on... AFTER THE WORLD CUP. So let's not get all emotional right away. The Coach and the Team need to concentrate on the ultimate aim, WC2011! If they get that, it would be a fitting tribute to his tenure as India Coach (So now Team India has one more reason, beside winning it for Sach, to lift the WC2011 Trophy!). As far as Gary's contribution is concerned, IT IS HUGE. I'm sure no amount of "thank yous" will be enough. I wish him all the luck for the future. And Stephen Fleming would certainly make a good successor (I don't think replacement is quite the word we can use here). He was an astute captain. Made a side with "limited" resources look better than they might have been. Already coaches CSK, so good working equation with MSD. Plus is a stay-in-the-background guy, a-la Gary. All in all looks a good fit.

  • muski on January 24, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    The results of the World Cup notwithstanding, all Indian cricket lovers owe a big thank you to Gary. After the mess that Chappell left us in, Gary has done a remarkable job of turning the team around without being in the headlines or controversies. I sincerely hope that the infectious thinking that only a foreigner can handle this job ends here and hopefully BCCI can look forward maybe to someone like Kapil ( with his ICL days behind him) to lead this team for the next couple of years. With bowling being the key if India are to maintain their number one test status, no better man than Kapil to impart some of his tricks to the younger ones like Irfan, RP and Sreesanth.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on January 24, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    It had go to come after Indian loss in SA. He did not help enough in India. Gary was a rubber stamp and had no say which probably John Wright and surely Greg Chappel refused to be. I feel Dhoni is the best coach. He has transformed Indian team. His tenure has made them world champions. He has his own team and also uses seniors quiet well. Gary would have been sacked immediately but no one would like to start as coach just before the mega event. Also, I will praise Dhoni's patriotism. Dhoni has eye on domestic cricket and is the Imran Khan of Indian cricket. Well done Dhoni.

  • on January 24, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Thanks for ur service Gary.. U ve been truly remarkable... al d best for future

  • thestunner316_15 on January 24, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    people - no time for thank yous just yet... reserve that for later... we still have a world cup to win...

  • ravithecricbuff on January 24, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Great JOB Gary!! We in India commend what you have done and would have loved for you to stay on. But yes, family comes first and may you have a great time ahead. Do come back when you can!! Thanks a lot!!

  • on January 24, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    BCCI, try to keep indian coach like ashok malhotra,jawagal srinath and another who can challenge and respect the indian thoughts.

  • Vijay_MatchWinner on January 24, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    After John Wright. Kirsten was also responsible for Team India reaching new heights. Miss you Gary! You are a superb coach we have had. Great luck for future

  • on January 24, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    i know after this world cup(this world cup will take INDIA no doubts) LITTLE MASTER will retire from world cricket. So no question is there......... Next indian cricket coach is Mr. SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR. he is the only suitable man for this job as a coach

  • ponnu_KKR on January 24, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    It will be great if Steve Waugh appointed..

  • DonkieHoed on January 24, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Well done to Gary, he makes me proud to be a South African! I hope he chooses to join as SA coach, but will fully understand if he doesn't (yet). Enjoy whatever you choose, Gary!

  • Match_Referee on January 24, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    LET DHONI TO RESIGN AFTER WC AND BECOME COACH FOR TEAM INDIA. Benefits: 1) You can carry forward his luck to the team 2) Team will win the toss regularly 3) You can avoid a non playing captain

  • on January 24, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Next will be Stephen Fleming for sure.. my dear fellas.. this is all becoming CSK! a yellow jersey will ensure a place in the squad or the team management. See who all got chances - Badrinath, Manpreet Gony, Sudeep Tyagi, Jogindar Sharma, Murali Vijay, Ravichandran Ashwin, Parthiv baby.. woah.. the list doesn't seem to end..

  • on January 24, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Hope India doesn't get another Chappell.............

  • RPK249 on January 24, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    yes, Mr.Kirsten have done great job to get india no.1.. but there is one think to remember that he is not best of coaches, because we haven't played in england, aus,west indies,pak under his coaching period, instead played a lot in home helpfull conditions. for us Mr.wright is the best coach and dada is best captain, who lift india from worst forms of india in 2000 and provide a strong basic platform to achieve no.1 spot by giving historic wins in west indies, aus,eng,pak and ind.....

  • on January 24, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    stefen fleming is better option for indian coach

  • Indian_Rules on January 24, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Thank you Gary. You have a tremendous job and have done a huge amount of good for the Indian Team... Hope that whoever succeeds u is worth the job and does his job as religiously as u used to do........ Although it seems Mr Tamil Nadu ( Shrikanth ) and the cement guy ( Srinivas ) are both trying to push in Stephen Fleming ( part of CSK )... Thereby many more decisions about the squad and the playing 11 will be keeping in mind CSK advantages.......

    Some stats : Captain ( Dhoni ) is from CSK. Chief selector ( Shrikanth ) is the brand ambassador of CSK. Seceraty of BCCI ( Srinivasan ) is from CSK. Now we will have the coach ( Stephen Fleming ) from CSK.... Already we have witnessed that time and again useless CSK players have been pushed in the Indian squad and playing 11 ahead of the deserving ones. ( Vijay, Raina, Ashwin, Badrinath, Gony, Patel etc etc )

  • Hindh on January 24, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Kirsten is the guy who has helped India to be No 1 team and has guided them in maintaining the ranking....... Now india will have a good shot at world test championship when it comes around.......

  • chandu.hr28 on January 24, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Thanks Gary for what you have done to Team India. You have been the best coach. It would be nice if you can continue and take us forward for atleast another term. But whatever your decision, we respect it. John Wright planted a sapling in his five year term and in your term that sapling grew into branches and bore fruits & flowers. This fruits and flowers have made Team India Number 1 in tests and almost near Number 1 in ODIs'

  • NoPitchIsDead on January 24, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    how long India insut themselves.They shd have home grown coach instead of getting 'foreign'. We shd accept that who ever gets selected is talented and skillfull to play.We need just a motivator and one who inculcates decipline which only same country coaches can do. All there technical stuff foreign coaches tell/preach will be artificial. Don't say Indian have ONE good coach. Don't insult ourselves.

  • candyfloss on January 24, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    We should lock him in prison and not let him go.I was just impressed with the way he trained the Indian batsmen to handle the short ball and it was evident from the test series.Riding the bounce watching it closely, face of the bat to the ground and rolling the wrist text book stuff.Kirsten will be sorely missed.

  • aj_space on January 24, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    BCCI can even think about appointing Sourav Ganguly for the role. Even he would do a fantastic job.

  • aj_space on January 24, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Stephan Fleming would be the best man for the job.

  • on January 24, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    He is one guy who allowed his work ethics do the talking. It is nearly impossible to find a opinion that go against him. Not only him but his son too gelled well with the time. It was a wonderful experience for players and fan to have him. It's nice to know that his family is his top priority now. Best wishes for him!

  • on January 24, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Thank you, Gary. Indian team as well as all Indians will miss you & will always remember your great contribution towards building this team. Wish you & your family very best luck for the future.

  • Chetan007 on January 24, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    It is better to have an Australian coach for the bowling department. Most of the Australian bowlers start at 120kmps but they last at 140-150 kmps. Hope they can they things round for the Indian bowlers too. Moreover, at the domestic level too we need a good bowling coach. There is no such bowling coach at the domestic level. Better to have McGrath as a bowling coach and Fleming as a batting consultant. With the likes of Sachin, Laxman, Dravid. There is not much needed a specialist coach. Another one to fill the job is Jonty Rodes. He is also likely to finish is contract with Kenya and Can be a effective batting and fielding coach.Not so long before he retired from the international cricket, he knows all the present aspects of the team needed the most. He also got a good cricketing brain. BcCCi must be profestional for filling up the job. Plz replace Eric Simpson as soon as possible. Indias bowling is not as much standard as at Prasad has done. India's problem is most with bowling.

  • on January 24, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    I think Stephen Fleming would make a very good coach...he was one of the shrewdest captains around and is quiet, much like Gary !

  • on January 24, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Although its very special thanx to Gary from everybody....But regarding next Coach, BCCI Please Appoint an Indian Coach This time so that, there will be the respect to the Indian Cricketers..

  • shrastogi on January 24, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Replacing Kirsten would be a tough task as far as tests are concerned. Gary has done monumental work even better than Wright. Its not easy to make any team no 1 given the fact that he had limited say in team selection. As for replacement I think some Indians should be given preference though they havent done this spectacular work as they have more cultural fit. We can even opt for two coaches - one for tests and other for one dayers/t-20 as the teams are different. How about Lal Chand Rajput as odi/t20 coach - he has proven credentials with limited mandate.Coaches should also have more say in team selection.

  • klkrafik on January 24, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Great job Gary! You balanced the team which was disturbed by chappel

  • Morpheus273 on January 24, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    I m not sure if anyone, forget about the self centered/ money minded freaks that rule the roost @ BCCI, have noticed the successful CAPTAIN/COACH pattern for India. The two most successful combinations have been Ganguly/John Wright and Dhoni/Kirsten. The pattern also could be seen for a short before Kirsten took over in 2008, Dhoni/Team Manager-Prasad-Robin Singh. The pattern that I am referring to is of an "AGGRESIVE CAPTAIN/CALM & QUITE COACH". BCCI has to realize that in a country like India where cricket is a glamour sport, an Captain, and that too aggresive ones like Ganguly and Dhoni want to run the show as per their ideas and instincts. Hence, a calm and quite coach who works behind the scenes gels well with the captains. The coach does all his work before the match, but its the captain who controls the games and has the last word. This is why the two combos have done exceedengly well and why a Dravid/Greg did not. Greg was far too flamboyant to work with a calm & quite Dravid.

  • joe_antony on January 24, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    What Gary has proved in these three years that, it was the lack of having a good coach has haunted the Indian team all those years before he joined, when India had bunch of very high profile talents. Gary has been great. Now its going to be very tough for any one who comes in. Atleast now I would like to see an Indian coach, bcci change its policy and bring and Indian coach.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on January 24, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    fomer newziland cap stefan fleming is the best next choice.

  • midnightsunknights on January 24, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    @osm73 - What can we do? Nothing... That's exactly why I said if there is anything we could do, is we could respect his decision. I know quite a few would make a big deal about this, and blame him for leaving... That's why the only thing dhoni could ask was for everyone's respect. Anyway, I dont like the idea of fleming for some reason. Nothing particular, maybe I just havent really taken in on the fact that Gary would no longer be our coach! =(

  • GabruGrewal on January 24, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Thanks gary Kristen, one of best coach India ever had.

  • Cricketcommentators on January 24, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Excellent job Gary. You have been behind teams sucess for the past 3 years and helped team to rise to #1 status. Hope you can change your decission to be with the team and if anything BCCI can do to retain you, that will be great. BUT ONE THING INDIA IS STILL LAGGING IS THAT THE TAG OF BEING SLOW STARTERS, WHICH THEY WANT TO GET RID OF SOON.. WILL BE GREAT TO SEE MORE WHITEWASHES OR COMPREHENSIVE SERIES WINS THAN THE SERIES LEVELING WINS.

  • CrackerDaddy on January 24, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Arjuna Ranatunga.......the next Great Indian Team Coach...

  • on January 24, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Gary Kirsten has done a wonderful job and India shd be grateful to him. Ironically, the man from the land of chokers has taught India how not to choke! Indians are basically individualistic and so making them work as a team must have been arduous but one that has been achieved by John Wright and Gary Kirsten. Most of the successful coaches of recent era like Bob Woolmer, John Wright and Andy Flower have been low profile men who let the players take the center stage and worked with them behind the scenes. If as has been suggested above, Stephen Fleming takes over it cd be a good thing as he was one of the smartest captains of his times. Coaches from southern Africa (Fletcher, Kirsten and Flower) have made things happen for their teams. So can Kirsten make India win the coveted WC as his parting gift? :)

  • S.N.Singh on January 24, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    INDIA SHOULD GO WITHOUT A COACH FOR A YEAR AND "TRY" THE MANAGER INSTEAD TO COR-DINATE THINGS ALONG WITH THE CAPTAIN. TRY THIS IT WORKED DECADES BACK . S N SINGH U S A

  • 11Noobs on January 24, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Well done and thank you Gary Kirsten. Along with John Wright, he has made India number one! Apparently Mickey Arthur is looking for an international coaching job. India won't mind him.

  • vinuthan on January 24, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Hope the board knows what kind of coach we want and definitely no more Australians or likes of Chappels

  • kapoora on January 24, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    he was quiet and yet very effective ,his camaraderie with dhoni was wonderful that made india the best in the world.

  • AKmAK on January 24, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Great Job Garry!! we really gonna miss u..But BCCI think this time would be suitable to give the job to an Indian great, pls don't waste time to run for a foreigner, we have enough Indian talents around. BCCI really focus on Bowling woes.

  • nzcricket174 on January 24, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    He's done a good job. Hopefully someone just as good will replace him.

  • shripadk on January 24, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    A honest Thank you from Indian citizen. Wish he was staying. First coach that has really transformed the team into a unit that has surpassed their expectations and abilities. Whatever happens at the world cup, he will be missed. I wish BCCI can make him an offer that he cant refuse. But I guess that wont happen. Somethings, even money cant buy. I hope he is kept in a loop when BCCI is considering his replacement and his opinion counts at that time. I wont be surprised if another South African replaces him. Thank you and good luck.

  • tmartis on January 23, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Great job Gary. Thanks for the help. Just one more thing on India's list, hope you can help us to it ;).

  • SRAM20 on January 23, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Its going to be most likely Stephen Fleming who will be the next Indian coach (unless Fleming refuses it). Since he is coach of CSK whose owner N Srinivasan is the secretary of BCCI and the president-elect, Fleming will be the front runner and immediately picked if he says YES. And he will be a good choice too as he is another player who remains behind the scenes and lets the side play on the field. He is also an opener like Kirsten, and he is also a very astute captain when he played. So he is a good cricketing brain and he shares a good relationship with Dhoni when working for CSK. So he is the ideal replacement and a good one.

  • osm73 on January 23, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    "...MS Dhoni, had also said that the team would respect Kirsten's choice" midnightsunknights: "We all have to respect his decision..." :) As if they can force him to remain the coach of the Indian team...what else can they do other than "respecting" his decision...

  • Nadeem1976 on January 23, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Great job Kristen now enjoy your life too.

  • midnightsunknights on January 23, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Dhoni's right. We all have to respect his decision because it's for the betterment of his personal life. What really sucks is; it will be a huge loss for Indian Cricket. Honestly, I love to see the rapport the team shares overall. They know each other's family member name, so that shows the relationship these guys share. But being overtly selfish, I just wish he'd stay; coz really, i don't how we'd do without him. He is a primary reason we're #1. I especially know players like Yuvi, Zak, and dhoni himself would surely miss him. But the biggest concern I have is a new coach. That would mean new ideas, but it could also mean a repeat of the Greg Chappell era, and that would be a nightmare. I could only pray to have him stay, because we need him more than he needs us...

  • Sunny_kumar on January 23, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Great coach for indian team since John Wright...Hope who ever we get in is someone who is just as good as them...

  • hero_heeralal on January 23, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    India NEEDS to find BOWLERS.... that should be the priority of the board and the selection committee... the coach is only as good as the team he gets.

    India is really at a crossroad as far as maintaining this good run in international cricket is concerned. The batting is not really a worry as we have 2 superbly talented guys in kohli and pujara, who given enough experience would be able to fill-in the middle order void. However, the problem area is the bowling attack.

    PLEASE SELECTORS... LOOK FOR HIGH POTENTIAL BOWLERS to improve our odds of sustaining a high position in world cricket in terms of rankings.

  • kkr54 on January 23, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    Any successfull person knows the timing of his job and his limitations himself. The key is the sentence "He has given [the Indian team] whatever he could". He does not have much more to give and he has recognized it. India team does not have bowling resources to be in number 1 and England tour would be tough. If he leaves now he would have an enviable reputation. Intelligent guys know the nature of this job and leave it at the top. It would be tough for the next coach. Maybe they should go for an Indian coach like Gavaskar someone whome everyone respects.

  • RameshSubramaniam on January 23, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Dhoni knows Kristens sons name. That tells you how payers and coaches are close to each other which is the backbone of team spirit.He knows where Indian players are lagging. It is not the talent or technique. It is the caring for each other. Regardless of outcome of the world cup resullts, hats off to Kristen for his work towards building the team sprit.

  • on January 23, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    Damn... That's bad news... But Thank you Kirsten... for everything u had given us...

  • boseaniket1 on January 23, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    With the kind f team and work ethics Gary has set u0, it shouldnt be too tough for a new coach to continue with thwm

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    There were lots of critcis when India went looking for international coaches. Wright and Kirsten proved BCCI's decision was right. The international coaches have managed to blend in the talent Indian team had with the discipline to not just succeed, but also sustain the standard as India has done for several years now. Of course, Greg Chappell was a blot that India survived.

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    well, he has played his part and india has improved heaps and bounds under him. One thing i'd be concerned about is what india is doing to unearth the next generation batsmen. Clearly, Raina and Yuvraj arent good enough at test level

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Gary carried India to the heights and he is one typical character who hides the behind the lens even though he was pushed to limelight!

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    iT WILL BE A GREAT LOSS TO iNDIAN CRICKET, he worked very hard to make indian tgeam a wining combination. for the last three years, I hope all Indian players and the Management will pursu him to continue his job what ever the result of World Cup which will be a home events for Indian team, and have an advang

  • iamsean on January 23, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    This was something that was due..Well anyways Kirsten is definitely one of the best things to happen to Indian Cricket and it would be a tough task for anyone to fill his shoes...But life certainly goes on and I think BCCI should act quickly to find an able replacement for Kirsten..I think that they should employ Stephen Fleming who has done a commendable job with CSK for the past 2 years....I mean a classical left hand opening batsman should be an able replacement for another classical left hand opening batsman...and I think India would do good with him since he can definitely add value to the team by coaching the team on how to handle the short stuff which has been a big nemesis of Indian cricket for years now...

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Don't know why...I always felt that he'll not stay :(

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  • on January 23, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Don't know why...I always felt that he'll not stay :(

  • iamsean on January 23, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    This was something that was due..Well anyways Kirsten is definitely one of the best things to happen to Indian Cricket and it would be a tough task for anyone to fill his shoes...But life certainly goes on and I think BCCI should act quickly to find an able replacement for Kirsten..I think that they should employ Stephen Fleming who has done a commendable job with CSK for the past 2 years....I mean a classical left hand opening batsman should be an able replacement for another classical left hand opening batsman...and I think India would do good with him since he can definitely add value to the team by coaching the team on how to handle the short stuff which has been a big nemesis of Indian cricket for years now...

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    iT WILL BE A GREAT LOSS TO iNDIAN CRICKET, he worked very hard to make indian tgeam a wining combination. for the last three years, I hope all Indian players and the Management will pursu him to continue his job what ever the result of World Cup which will be a home events for Indian team, and have an advang

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Gary carried India to the heights and he is one typical character who hides the behind the lens even though he was pushed to limelight!

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    well, he has played his part and india has improved heaps and bounds under him. One thing i'd be concerned about is what india is doing to unearth the next generation batsmen. Clearly, Raina and Yuvraj arent good enough at test level

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    There were lots of critcis when India went looking for international coaches. Wright and Kirsten proved BCCI's decision was right. The international coaches have managed to blend in the talent Indian team had with the discipline to not just succeed, but also sustain the standard as India has done for several years now. Of course, Greg Chappell was a blot that India survived.

  • boseaniket1 on January 23, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    With the kind f team and work ethics Gary has set u0, it shouldnt be too tough for a new coach to continue with thwm

  • on January 23, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    Damn... That's bad news... But Thank you Kirsten... for everything u had given us...

  • RameshSubramaniam on January 23, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Dhoni knows Kristens sons name. That tells you how payers and coaches are close to each other which is the backbone of team spirit.He knows where Indian players are lagging. It is not the talent or technique. It is the caring for each other. Regardless of outcome of the world cup resullts, hats off to Kristen for his work towards building the team sprit.

  • kkr54 on January 23, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    Any successfull person knows the timing of his job and his limitations himself. The key is the sentence "He has given [the Indian team] whatever he could". He does not have much more to give and he has recognized it. India team does not have bowling resources to be in number 1 and England tour would be tough. If he leaves now he would have an enviable reputation. Intelligent guys know the nature of this job and leave it at the top. It would be tough for the next coach. Maybe they should go for an Indian coach like Gavaskar someone whome everyone respects.