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Daredevils remove Kirsten as head coach

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Agarkar: Not right to blame the coach for poor run (4:42)

Ajit Agarkar discusses the lack of impact Gary Kirsten had on Delhi Daredevils, after the former South Africa batsman was sacked as the team's head coach (4:42)

Delhi Daredevils have removed Gary Kirsten as their head coach. Kirsten was appointed in September 2013 on a three-year contract, but the former South Africa batsman has been dropped after serving as Daredevils' coach for just two seasons. Under Kirsten's watch, Daredevils won only seven out of 28 matches, with 20 defeats across the two seasons. In both seasons, Daredevils occupied the bottom rungs: they finished last in 2014 and second from last in 2015.

According to Hemant Dua, the Daredevils chief executive, the GMR Group, the owners of the franchise, were not impressed by the team's lack of progress in the last two seasons. "We have grown, but the [GMR Group] board took a decision that it was not working and then we decided to let him go," Dua told ESPNcricinfo. "It was a mutual decision. At the end of the day everything is performance related. The pressure is always there."

Dua pointed out that though Daredevils were involved in "close matches" in the 2015 IPL, it was not helping the franchise. Dua said that the franchise had not yet decided on a replacement.