Gary Kirsten, famously known as ‘Guru Gary’ in Indian Circle, is one of the renowned Cricket coaches around the world. In a recent Interview, the 52-year old has wished to coach Indian Team again in future to relive the wonderful memories in India again.
After a horrible exit in league stages of 2007 World Cup and the unfortunate Greg Chappell saga, the South African was appointed Head Coach of the Indian team in 2008. Gary’s appointment as the head coach was like a fresh wind in the Indian Cricket Circle. A star-studded line-up was tough ask to manage especially after what his predecessor Chappell did to India. But Gary not only united the Indian team but also coached them to their Second World Cup title after 28 years in 2011 at home.
Now, after ten years of that famous victory and nine years after parting ways with team India, the 52-year has made himself available for coaching team India again. However, for that to happen a lot of things need to fall in place. “I would always consider it (returning as the coach of the Indian team). Although it would need to work out for everyone,” Kirsten told Times of India.
Gary Kirsten was also full of praise for former Indian Captain MS Dhoni and stressed that he should be coerced or forced into a retirement after achieving so much on and off the field. MS Dhoni is one of the best athletes, the world had witnessed in recent times and according to Kirsten his versatility puts him in a different league altogether.
“MS (Dhoni) is an incredible cricketer. Intelligence, calmness, power, athleticism, speed and a match-winner separate him from others and puts him amongst the greatest sportsmen in the modern era,” Kirsten said. “He (Dhoni) has earned the right to leave the game on his own terms and no one should dictate to him when that time is.”
Kirsten also praised current Indian captain Virat Kohli and his predecessor MS Dhoni for effectively leading the team in their own styles as he took a neutral stance on judging their captaincy. “It’s very different but equally effective for the Indian team,” said Kirsten, comparing the captaincy of Dhoni and Kohli.