India news January 23, 2011

Kirsten won't renew India contract after World Cup


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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • sundar 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.

  • Dummy4 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!!

  • Anoop 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???

  • dinesh 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 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Ashok 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..

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