BCCI Tamasha - Is Gary the Right Choice?

Is Gary the Right Choice? - BCCI Tamasha - Kirsten had not Even Applied for the Job

S S  Shreekumar?Newindpress

Bangalore, Nov 28: Former South African opener Gary Kirsten is about to be named - Is he? - as the third foreign coach of the Indian cricket team after John Wright (New Zealdn) and Greg Chappell (Australia).

He was interviewed by the coach selection committee comprising former captains Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and S Venkataraghavan, BCCI joint secretary M P Pandove, treasurer N Srinivasan and secretary Niranjan Shah in Delhi on Monday. The BCCI is to make a formal announcement about the new coach in a week’s time.

But why Kirsten? Or is the BCCI pushing everyone ‘up another tree’. Going by the BCCI’s functioning, it will be no surprise if someone else, including Australian John Buchanan, is given the job.

For the BCCI called for applications to appoint a coach. Kirsten hadn’t applied. He did not figure in the original list of applicants nor does he have any experience of coaching an international side.

Yet, the selection committee which includes those luminaries and the lesser ones is said to have been impressed by Kirsten’s presentation. Of what? One is tempted to ask.

Kirsten is said to have been regarded as one of the best openers in South African cricket. He has 6798 runs at an average of over 40 in the 185 ODIs before he retired after South Africa’s exit from the 2003 World Cup. His Test record shows that he has 7289 in 101 Tests with an average of 45.27.

Ever since Greg Chappell bid adieu, the Indian team has had only cricket managers in Ravi Shastri, Chandu Borde and Lalchand Rajput who also serve as as stop-gap coaches. The BCCI is said to have received more than 20 applications for the job.

They include former India wicketkeeper and Maharashtra coach Chandrakant Pandit, Martin Crowe (former New Zealand captain), Kepler Wessels (former Australia and South African player), Richard Done (former head coach of Queensland Academy of Excellence), Tim Boon (coach Leicestershire), Terry Oliver (coach Queensland) and Dave Nosworthy (coach Canterbury).

How Kirsten’s presentation scores over all these worthies is beyond comprehension. If Test or ODI average and records are enough to select him as the coach, who better than Sunil Gavaskar himself? That he isn’t inclined for the job is a different matter. ‘‘I really cannot understand the BCCI’s mindset. They establish a procedure to appoint a coach and don’t stick to it. By calling someone who has not even applied for the job, they are only insulting those who did so,’’ opined a former player on condition of anonymity.

‘‘Whether he is good or not, the BCCI continues to embarrass itself and many others in the process,’’ he added.

‘‘I don’t think this is a right move. With no coaching experience, how is he going to handle the team?’’ wondered another who also did not want to be named for technical reasons.

Chennai (ENS): Nothing is finalised, but it is more or less certain that Kirsten will be appointed as the new coach. “It is a good thing that he is not a superstar.

Sometimes, if you had been a great player, you expect the same from the bunch of players you coach. And if they do not rise up to your expectations, it can frustrate you. You need a lot of patience and Kirsten has that in abundance,” said former India opener Chetan Chauhan.


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  • allwyn thomas pais,

    Thu, Nov 29 2007

    We won the 1983 world cup without a coach, we even won the 20-20 worldcup without the coach right, so why disturb the whole unit by bringing the new guy, and it takes lot of time to settle with a new guy, when everything is settled problems occurs. because he will have his own mind and others will have to follow what he says,and you dont follow again the history will repeat saurav vs chappel. as long as you are winning i dont thing so you need any new guy, whats wrong with venkatesh prasad and robin singh?i think the team is getting very well under theit guidance. i dont think kirsten is the right choice, instead i would prefer ravi shastri.

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  • Stany D'souza, paladka / Bahrain

    Thu, Nov 29 2007

    Only Indian coach led the "CHAKE DE INDIA" team. Not foreign coach. We have experienced coaches in home why we searching in foreign land?

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  • francis J. saldanha, moodubelle / bahrain

    Thu, Nov 29 2007

    what we need for " TEAM iNDIA " a good coach who can handle and coach the experienced as well as the talented cricketers to their potential to get the best out of them and bring laurels to the nation where cricket is not only considered as a game but also a passion to the cricket crazy public.yes "gary is the right choice !.

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  • denzil fernandes, dubai

    Thu, Nov 29 2007

    Gary Kirsten will be a good choice as Indian cricket coach. Have no doubts about the ion. You don't have to apply to the BCCI to get ed. The committee has eminent members like Gavaskar, Shastri and Venkatraghavan who will be knowing about players from other countries who can be beneficial for Indian cricket. If someone is good they are invited and interviewed. As simple as that. Moreover, Kirsten has been involved in developing South African cricket and will certainly have some special qualities. As a player, Kirsten was a tough nut to crack and showed immense abilities to score runs again tough opposition.

    He was very fine batsman and bowlers found him to be a stubborn customer. I am sure that Kirsten will act tough and discipline the Indian cricketers. He will introduce a 'no nonsense' approach and bring out the best from the boys. At the moment, the Indians are riding on a wave of good performances and Kirsten is stepping in to fine tune the overall Indian showing. The seniors especially will be on their toes to perform or perish without any questions asked. The media should also respect the new man in charge of the Indian cricket team and should treat him nicely.

    Poor Greg Chappell was given a tough time by those who did not like his style and finally had to leave. But when he left, one could see the new players created by him who are now excelling for the country. It is hard to admit but this is a real fact which is visible in the Indian performances now. Kirsten, with his liking for hard work will go one step further and help in making a power in world cricket.

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  • annu, Manglaore/Dubai

    Wed, Nov 28 2007

    We need Indina Coach, not Foreign.................

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  • LRS, Ferar

    Wed, Nov 28 2007

    Why everyone want to comment on the coach ?? Problem is with the team, their performance is not consistent..What did we do even if we had experienced Indian coaches before ???

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