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Fletcher will add value to Indian team: Kirsten

cricket Updated: May 12, 2011 21:04 IST

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Former India coach Gary Kirsten believes his successor Duncan Fletcher will add great value to the team and the players will enjoy working with him.

Kirsten, who left after guiding India to a historic 2011 World Cup triumph, said Fletcher's appointment will bring a positive change to the side.

"I did spend some time with Duncan and he asked some good questions about my process and time with the Indian side. He will have his own ideas about coaching the Indian side and it will be a positive change," Kirsten said during the ICC Cricket World Radio Show on Thursday.

"He had had great success with other teams so I have no doubt he will arrive and offer value to the India team," he said.

Kirsten praised Fletcher's coaching style while recollecting the days when he was coached by the the former Zimbabwe captain.

“Duncan’s been a very successful coach and I was even coached by him early on in my career. I know about him and how he operates and I think he is going to enjoy working with the Indian team and the Indian players will enjoy working with him."

When asked about returning to India, Kirsten said: "I don’t think that I won’t go back to India. It is like a second home to me, whether its as a coach in the IPL, or coming to meet up with friends, or to speak for a work conference - I think I will always come back as it is a country I enjoy being in."