IPL news September 3, 2013

Kirsten signs up as Delhi Daredevils coach

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Gary Kirsten, the former South Africa batsman and ex-India coach, has been appointed as head coach of Delhi Daredevils from 2014. The franchise announced its association with Kirsten, who has signed a three-year contract, on Tuesday in Hyderabad, the city were Daredevils' owners, GMR Holdings are based.

TA Sekar, the Daredevils team mentor, said that Kirsten's name was "suggested" by Eric Simons, who was named the franchise's head coach in 2012. Simons was the bowling coach when Kirsten was India's head coach and the pair had played a crucial role in India's climb up the Test rankings and their 2011 World Cup win. Simons will continue to work with the team, assisting Kirsten.

Kirsten played 101 Tests in an 11-year South Africa career and then, after retirement in 2004, he moved on to coaching, working with the Titans franchise as a batting consultant. In December 2007, he was named India coach. After the team's success in the Test arena, his three-and-a-half-year stint with India ended with the 2011 World Cup win. He then returned home and took up the South Africa job. In August 2012, South Africa beat England in England to displace them as the No. 1 ranked Test team, and later in the year they beat Australia in Australia to firmly establish themselves at the top of the rankings. He stepped down as South Africa coach at the end of July this year, saying he would like to spend more time with his family than working year-round with an international team allowed.

According to Sekar, Kirsten's proven credentials and his familiarity with the Indian players made the decision to appoint him easier. Delhi's poor run in IPL 2013, when they finished last in the league stage, was also an important factor when the management sat down to work out their plans for the future.

"After the last IPL, we sat down to work out what we needed to do to bounce back, considering we did not have a good season in 2013. Eric himself suggested that now that Gary wasn't South Africa coach, why don't we consider him (for the head coach). We approached him and he finally agreed," Sekar said.

"There is no guarantee to performance. All I can I offer is the best of my thinking.
Gary Kirsten

Kirsten said it was a "relatively easy" decision to make because of Simons' recommendation, though he did state that he was entering a format where he did not have much experience. "It is a massive privilege and honour to be involved in franchise cricket. It is a first of its kind for me, having done two international stints," Kirsten said at the media conference. "I am very excited and I am looking forward to the challenge. I am looking forward to adding value and hopefully bringing something to the franchise and help them perform as well as they can."

According to Kirsten his past success as an international coach did not guarantee that he could make Delhi the best IPL team overnight. He also admitted that franchise cricket was a "new space" for him.

"There is no silver bullet. It is a process that needs to unfold. I am relishing that challenge that sits in front (of me)," Kirsten said. "A whole lot of things have to work out right. We have an auction process in the IPL. It is a critical process, in terms of getting the type of players that you want that fit into strategies.

"There is no guarantee to performance. All I can I offer is the best of my thinking. Delhi Daredevils, from what I have seen have had some success, and good success, too. So we need to learn from the success that they have had, as well as learn from where it has been tough, from where the team hasn't done well."

Having not had much experience in the T20 format, Kirsten said he would rely on "lieutenants" like Simons and Sekar to help him out. "Your basic philosophy doesn't change. My challenge will be that I haven't had a huge amount of experience at T20 cricket and no experience in the IPL. So my lieutenants, and the people that I am working closely with, are going to be very important in that space," Kirsten said.

According to Kirsten, a coach could play a significant role in the team's success: "From a coaching perspective, it is even more exciting because there is a lot happening very quickly. And you are making a lot of changes and shifts in a short space of time. I am looking forward to that constant movement and the coach can play a significant role."

Sekar stressed that Kirsten's strength as a leader also played an equally important role his appointment. Kirsten is the Daredevils' third overseas coach after Australian Greg Shipperd and Simons. "[He is] a good leader, good communicator, good man-manager and he has very good track record. IPL is a tournament where both Indians and overseas players play together and Gary relates to both sets of players well," Sekar said.

Kirsten, 45, had stepped down as South Africa's coach, stating that he needed to be with his young family. However, Sekar said Kirsten would not face a similar issue during his IPL stint, because he would need to be away for a short term annually: "Though he takes over immediately in terms of strategising the team plans, he will be in India for two months and they [Kirsten's family] might come for a month."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY gaga001 on | September 3, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils has always been an exiting team, whether it comes on top or it is on the bottom of the table, 2013 IPL was frustating for D.D. and its local supporters, but it happens in T20 cricket once you start loosing matches then it is very difficult to recover from there, Kotla pitch and absence of star players like K.P and Ryder were the main reasons of downfall of D.D. but with Gary I believe everything will be focussed and planned, very exited to see IPL 7 as soon as possible with kirsten as coach and Pietersen and Ryder as players.

  • POSTED BY bbnn on | September 5, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    DD should go for David Wissae and Alex Hales then the should go for Milind Kumar the local player

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 5, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Does logart know this? He might just be upset.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 4, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    I think delhi can win an ipl under kirsten.IPL 2013 was just a realit check for D.D.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | September 4, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    How much did they pay him. It must be a huge pay-cheque.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 4, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils had one of the strongest team last year in the IPL yet they finished last after being amongst the leaders the previous year. The problem was absence of team work. They had 4 best seamers in Morkel, Yadev, Agarkar & Nehra + 2 good spinners. They also had the batting led by Sehwag, Juneja & Chand + Mahela. In IPL T20 team work is crucial. DD will not have the same team this year but they have the "Guru" Kirsten managing & coaching the team. He rallied India & led them to be #1 Test team in the World. I am sure his experience will certainly make DD play & compete as a Team in the next IPL. Hyderabad Sun Risers with superb team work finished high up in the ranking even without many big names like DD had. Good luck Gary Kirsten & DD!

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | September 4, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Delhi were real weak last yr they neet to boost the side should sign Michael Carberry and Krimar Santokie. Carberry has been best T20 batsman in English game last few yrs and Santokie the best bowler in Carribean T20 also 2 yrs running !

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | September 4, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Wow!!! Can't wait to see Gary in scheme of things again with Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY cnksnk on | September 4, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    DD's problems started at the auction after IPL 3. Their team selection was to say the least with out common sense. There was no balance in the team and KP and Ryder not being available just added to the trouble. I suspect that Gary will have a big role to play in the selection of the team in the next auction. A number of stars will not be available like SRT, RD,MH, RT etc. So most of the teams will go in for a fair bit of churn of the team. Also the single agenda will be to break up the CSK team which has been stable for the last 6 years. Auction 2014 will set the tone for the competitiveness of the teams. GK will have a critical role to play.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    It's a very welcome thing and great news, That Gary returns back, II had read some of the comments here in cricinfo recently and I see some pakistan brothers exhibiting a great pang of jealousy for the riches and clout India have in BCCI , IPL well instead I like to humbly suggest them to focus less on hating others for their superiority, and more on developing themselves wether in cricket or in conduct.

  • POSTED BY gaga001 on | September 3, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils has always been an exiting team, whether it comes on top or it is on the bottom of the table, 2013 IPL was frustating for D.D. and its local supporters, but it happens in T20 cricket once you start loosing matches then it is very difficult to recover from there, Kotla pitch and absence of star players like K.P and Ryder were the main reasons of downfall of D.D. but with Gary I believe everything will be focussed and planned, very exited to see IPL 7 as soon as possible with kirsten as coach and Pietersen and Ryder as players.

  • POSTED BY bbnn on | September 5, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    DD should go for David Wissae and Alex Hales then the should go for Milind Kumar the local player

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 5, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Does logart know this? He might just be upset.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 4, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    I think delhi can win an ipl under kirsten.IPL 2013 was just a realit check for D.D.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | September 4, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    How much did they pay him. It must be a huge pay-cheque.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 4, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils had one of the strongest team last year in the IPL yet they finished last after being amongst the leaders the previous year. The problem was absence of team work. They had 4 best seamers in Morkel, Yadev, Agarkar & Nehra + 2 good spinners. They also had the batting led by Sehwag, Juneja & Chand + Mahela. In IPL T20 team work is crucial. DD will not have the same team this year but they have the "Guru" Kirsten managing & coaching the team. He rallied India & led them to be #1 Test team in the World. I am sure his experience will certainly make DD play & compete as a Team in the next IPL. Hyderabad Sun Risers with superb team work finished high up in the ranking even without many big names like DD had. Good luck Gary Kirsten & DD!

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | September 4, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Delhi were real weak last yr they neet to boost the side should sign Michael Carberry and Krimar Santokie. Carberry has been best T20 batsman in English game last few yrs and Santokie the best bowler in Carribean T20 also 2 yrs running !

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | September 4, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Wow!!! Can't wait to see Gary in scheme of things again with Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY cnksnk on | September 4, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    DD's problems started at the auction after IPL 3. Their team selection was to say the least with out common sense. There was no balance in the team and KP and Ryder not being available just added to the trouble. I suspect that Gary will have a big role to play in the selection of the team in the next auction. A number of stars will not be available like SRT, RD,MH, RT etc. So most of the teams will go in for a fair bit of churn of the team. Also the single agenda will be to break up the CSK team which has been stable for the last 6 years. Auction 2014 will set the tone for the competitiveness of the teams. GK will have a critical role to play.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    It's a very welcome thing and great news, That Gary returns back, II had read some of the comments here in cricinfo recently and I see some pakistan brothers exhibiting a great pang of jealousy for the riches and clout India have in BCCI , IPL well instead I like to humbly suggest them to focus less on hating others for their superiority, and more on developing themselves wether in cricket or in conduct.

  • POSTED BY NayanManiBhuyan on | September 3, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Great decision by the Delhi Daredevils as they can not get a better coach than Gary Kirsten. He got a great record himself as a player as-well as coach..He is a good leader & good communicator too which will help Delhi.. All the very best to him as-well as to Delhi Daredevils...

  • POSTED BY crying_game on | September 3, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Ofcourse @Alexk400! We can only hear from you first, about YOUR feeling!:) Joke apart, I am not sure Kirsten would be the best fit with England who seem to have a very set, albeit successful, way of doing things. They need almost a 'german' coach. As for DD, strange why they havent had success in IPL despite their teams..If someone can turn it around it is Gary,.and if he dioes, his legend will grow!

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | September 3, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I have no doubt that Sehwag has played a role in Kirsten's appointment. Viru always had words of praise for Kirsten. It is interesting to note that Sehwag's decline as a batsman coincided with Kirsten's departure from the Indian team.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | September 3, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    I have a feeling Kirsten looking to coach England next. You heard it from me first.

  • POSTED BY karthiksiram on | September 3, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    I am extremely because Garry is coming back to India. I guess so many Indian cricket fans will be happy to see him back. Personally it'll be a big boost for Sehwag (if he remains in DD). When Garry took over the reins as Indian coach, he recalled a lackluster Sehwag and there was no turning back. Now that Sehwag has lost touch, the entry of Garry should be of great help for him. An in form Sehwag is always dangerous in all forms of cricket... Good luck Garry!! I am happy that you are still having some relation to Indian cricket...!!!

  • POSTED BY Abdurrazaaq on | September 3, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Money is ruining the game ........ he cant coach the Proteas because he wants to spend more time with his family, but can coach DD, probably because the money is better ......

  • POSTED BY ramli on | September 3, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    His inputs will be very useful in team building, bonding and performance ... DD must make a fresh start roping in all available Delhi players, tapping local talent and bidding to the core for specific players ... DD has been in the knock-out 3 times out of six ... not a bad record at all ... good luck to DD

  • POSTED BY aditya.continous on | September 3, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    a very interesting move by delhi daredevils...he will no doubt have a big say in the big auction coming this year end for DD...and it is always good to let the coach have the players he believes in instead of the owners and management selecting the team ...

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Welcome Back to India Gary Kirsten !!!! Great that you are coaching DD. Gary means Great Attitude Respect Yielding Results Kirsten means King Maker Interesting Result Success Target Energy Now

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 3, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    amazing... under gary kirsten, India or SA never made it to the semi's in world t20. He is a great coach for the development of the team and for a side in which players change every year, i don't see how that will work... But still, all the best to him. I wish an international team ropes him in instead of the ipl.

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | September 3, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    gaga001 - Pietersen yes but Ryder was banned I anyway think Ryder is overrated

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    well he is a great coach in internationl.we have to see how the fate of dd will change after kristen as a head coach in next ip season.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    sehwag was experience with kristen and well we have to wait how he will play the next ipl.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | September 3, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    IPL is exciting when all 8 teams are equally competitive. Gary Kirsten's appointment as DD coach is a fantastic news for IPL fans. With the grand auction coming before IPL7, his input will be valuable in selecting players as well. Good luck Gary and DD.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Wow This is a real good news for Delhi Daredevils.....Gary Kirsten will bring foresight and experience to this team meaning we will have to expect good run for DD in 2014 IPL. Gary Kirsten you rock.......!

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Wow This is a real good news for Delhi Daredevils.....Gary Kirsten will bring foresight and experience to this team meaning we will have to expect good run for DD in 2014 IPL. Gary Kirsten you rock.......!

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | September 3, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    IPL is exciting when all 8 teams are equally competitive. Gary Kirsten's appointment as DD coach is a fantastic news for IPL fans. With the grand auction coming before IPL7, his input will be valuable in selecting players as well. Good luck Gary and DD.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    sehwag was experience with kristen and well we have to wait how he will play the next ipl.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    well he is a great coach in internationl.we have to see how the fate of dd will change after kristen as a head coach in next ip season.

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | September 3, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    gaga001 - Pietersen yes but Ryder was banned I anyway think Ryder is overrated

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 3, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    amazing... under gary kirsten, India or SA never made it to the semi's in world t20. He is a great coach for the development of the team and for a side in which players change every year, i don't see how that will work... But still, all the best to him. I wish an international team ropes him in instead of the ipl.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Welcome Back to India Gary Kirsten !!!! Great that you are coaching DD. Gary means Great Attitude Respect Yielding Results Kirsten means King Maker Interesting Result Success Target Energy Now

  • POSTED BY aditya.continous on | September 3, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    a very interesting move by delhi daredevils...he will no doubt have a big say in the big auction coming this year end for DD...and it is always good to let the coach have the players he believes in instead of the owners and management selecting the team ...

  • POSTED BY ramli on | September 3, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    His inputs will be very useful in team building, bonding and performance ... DD must make a fresh start roping in all available Delhi players, tapping local talent and bidding to the core for specific players ... DD has been in the knock-out 3 times out of six ... not a bad record at all ... good luck to DD

  • POSTED BY Abdurrazaaq on | September 3, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Money is ruining the game ........ he cant coach the Proteas because he wants to spend more time with his family, but can coach DD, probably because the money is better ......