Gary Kirsten's Exit And Charlotte Edwards' Ascent: The Latest Developments In India Women's Cricket Team Coaching

A coach plays a major role in training and motivating the team, thus influencing its overall performance. As the hunt for a suitable head coach for the India women’s national cricket team continues, the Board for Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reportedly approached Gary Kirsten, the coach of the 2011 World Cup-winning Indian team, for this position. However, Gary Kirsten is not interested in the job offered. It is being speculated that he might have had to refuse the opportunity since Kirsten is busy with his commitments in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and other league matches.

However, with hopes fading of getting Gary Kirsten as the head coach for the India women’s national cricket team, Charlotte Edwards has joined the bid to take over the reins from the acting head coach, Hrishikesh Kanitkar. Apart from Amol Majumdar and Hrishikesh Kanitkar, who are in the race for the post of head coach, this World Cup-winning captain from England is now another option for the BCCI. Edwards has recently headed the Mumbai Indians squad in the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL). As per reports, the new head coach will be for a two-year contract period.

Gary Kirsten: The Player

Gary Kirsten is a former South African cricketer. He was born on 23rd November 1967 in Cape Town, South Africa. He was a left-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. He was the opening batsman for South Africa between 1993 and 2004.

Gary Kirsten’s debut in professional cricket was in 1987 as a 19-year-old for Western Province. Gary Kirsten’s Test debut was in the year 1993 against Australia in 1994. Gary Kirsten’s ODI debut was against New Zealand on 11 December 1993 at Adelaide Oval.

However, Gary Kirsten’s match in the Boxing Day Test against England in 1999, when Kirsten scored a career-best of 275 runs, brought him to the limelight. He scored 21 test centuries. He was also the first Test batsman to score a century against each of the 9 Test countries.

Gary Kirsten’s Stats

Here are the batting statistics of this famous player:

M Inn Runs HS Avg SR 100 50 200 6s 4s
ODI 185 185 6798 188 40.71 72.04 13 45 0 20 659
Test 101 176 7289 275 44.99 43.43 21 34 3 12 922

Here are the bowling stats of this legendary player and coach:

M Inn Balls Runs Wkts Econ BBM 5w
ODI 185 3 30 23 0 4.6 0/6 0
Test 101 15 349 142 2 2.44 1/0 0

Gary Kirsten: The Coach

After retiring from international cricket in 2004, Gary Kirsten was offered the job of caching the Indian cricket team in March 2008, which he accepted. Due to his cool mannerisms, he became a hit with the Indian players and helped India rise to become the No. 1 ranked test team. However, the biggest achievement under coach Kirsten for India was the country's second world cup win in 2011.

After the 2011 World Cup, Gary Kirsten called it quits for India and returned to his roots in South Africa, where he was offered to coach the Proteas team. He coached the South African team till 2013, after which he was appointed as the coach for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL franchise in 2014. Thereafter, he has been a part of the coaching staff for several other franchises like Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans.

Gary Kirsten has been both a successful player and an excellent coach. He led India to its second World Cup win in 2011. Furthermore, the Gujarat Titans could get to the finals in the 2023 IPL franchise due to him. We will likely get to see more of this legend as a coach in various league matches.

What is Gary Kirsten’s net worth?
His net worth is estimated to be $25 million.
Who is Gary Kirsten’s wife?
His wife’s name is Deborah Kirsten.