India news September 3, 2013

Kohli a rare talent - Kirsten

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gary Kirsten has said he knew Virat Kohli was destined for success when he worked with the batsman during his tenure as India coach and added that he was fortunate to be a part of Kohli's development process.

"I always had a different kind of feeling when I started working with Virat Kohli," Kirsten told PTI. "From the beginning, I was very sure that he was a rare talent and would become a great player. He grew massively in these past few years and has matured a lot. I was fortunate to be part of that process of seeing him grow and that give me immense pleasure."

Kohli made his debut in India's limited-overs squad in 2008 and was part of 54 ODIs during the Kirsten years, scoring five centuries. Since Kirsten's departure as India coach, following the World Cup win in 2011, Kohli has matured to become the best batsman in the Indian side and has also graduated to the Tests. However, Kirsten was careful not to make any comparisons between Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar.

"I have always been very careful about appointing someone in that place (Tendulkar's replacement). It's a very dangerous position and very risky to name anyone.

"All I can say is that Kohli is a fantastic batsman whom the opposition bowlers are finding difficult to get out. The teams nowadays do a lot of planning to get him out."

Kirsten also had words of praise for Shikhar Dhawan with whom he had limited interaction when Dhawan made his ODI debut in 2010.

"Unlike Kohli, I haven't seen much of Dhawan but what I have gathered over time after some interactions with him is that he has a massive amount of self-belief in his abilities which is very refreshing," Kirsten said.

Kirsten will have another chance to work with Indian talent after he signed up as coach of Delhi Daredevils for the next three years.

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  • on September 3, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Gary kirsten is being very honest in his assessment of kohli at that time.He always preferred virat over other players,I still remember champs trophy '09 when he played virat kohli against pakistan instead of abhishek nayar,who was origionally part of the squad,while kohli joined later when yuvraj got injured.kohli didn't score many against pakistan but scored a 70 odd against west indies in the next game and its history...

  • on September 14, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    True !

  • on September 5, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    chand, juneja,rahul many to come

  • on September 4, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Lat time sIR viv Richards , Now Garry Turn to Appreciate our VK

  • Naresh28 on September 4, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Kirsten may have silently dropped a hint on who he believes can be India's No4. Of course the job of choosing comes from the selectors. I suspect that Tendulkar will be part of the team but will not play in the next India Test games.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 3, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Kohli is the next legend in the making. A tremendous, IMPACT player par excellence. He's also the next India skipper given his pedigree of winning the under 21 world cup a few years ago. So yes, he's unique and highly talented. He's a fierce warrior with a swag and delivers when the team most needs. That quality separates the men from the boys.

  • itsthewayuplay on September 3, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Typical Gary Kirsten - modest as ever and deflecting the limelight / spotlight from himself and to the players. Gary Kirsten showed real talent and and outstanding player-management skill as India's coach which is no easy thing to do in a dressing room with as many egos as India's. Kohli would do well to learn some humility from Kirsten.

  • on September 3, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Manpreet Junenja is the next Player to watchout for

  • on September 3, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Gary kirsten is being very honest in his assessment of kohli at that time.He always preferred virat over other players,I still remember champs trophy '09 when he played virat kohli against pakistan instead of abhishek nayar,who was origionally part of the squad,while kohli joined later when yuvraj got injured.kohli didn't score many against pakistan but scored a 70 odd against west indies in the next game and its history...

  • on September 14, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    True !

  • on September 5, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    chand, juneja,rahul many to come

  • on September 4, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Lat time sIR viv Richards , Now Garry Turn to Appreciate our VK

  • Naresh28 on September 4, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Kirsten may have silently dropped a hint on who he believes can be India's No4. Of course the job of choosing comes from the selectors. I suspect that Tendulkar will be part of the team but will not play in the next India Test games.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 3, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Kohli is the next legend in the making. A tremendous, IMPACT player par excellence. He's also the next India skipper given his pedigree of winning the under 21 world cup a few years ago. So yes, he's unique and highly talented. He's a fierce warrior with a swag and delivers when the team most needs. That quality separates the men from the boys.

  • itsthewayuplay on September 3, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Typical Gary Kirsten - modest as ever and deflecting the limelight / spotlight from himself and to the players. Gary Kirsten showed real talent and and outstanding player-management skill as India's coach which is no easy thing to do in a dressing room with as many egos as India's. Kohli would do well to learn some humility from Kirsten.

  • on September 3, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Manpreet Junenja is the next Player to watchout for

  • on September 3, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Manpreet Junenja is the next Player to watchout for

  • itsthewayuplay on September 3, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Typical Gary Kirsten - modest as ever and deflecting the limelight / spotlight from himself and to the players. Gary Kirsten showed real talent and and outstanding player-management skill as India's coach which is no easy thing to do in a dressing room with as many egos as India's. Kohli would do well to learn some humility from Kirsten.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 3, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Kohli is the next legend in the making. A tremendous, IMPACT player par excellence. He's also the next India skipper given his pedigree of winning the under 21 world cup a few years ago. So yes, he's unique and highly talented. He's a fierce warrior with a swag and delivers when the team most needs. That quality separates the men from the boys.

  • Naresh28 on September 4, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Kirsten may have silently dropped a hint on who he believes can be India's No4. Of course the job of choosing comes from the selectors. I suspect that Tendulkar will be part of the team but will not play in the next India Test games.

  • on September 4, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Lat time sIR viv Richards , Now Garry Turn to Appreciate our VK

  • on September 5, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    chand, juneja,rahul many to come

  • on September 14, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    True !

  • on September 3, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Gary kirsten is being very honest in his assessment of kohli at that time.He always preferred virat over other players,I still remember champs trophy '09 when he played virat kohli against pakistan instead of abhishek nayar,who was origionally part of the squad,while kohli joined later when yuvraj got injured.kohli didn't score many against pakistan but scored a 70 odd against west indies in the next game and its history...