The Mumbai Indians are yet to win the Indian Premier League. But their quest for the ultimate glory in domestic T20 cricket may receive a serious boost if India coach, Gary Kirsten, joins them after the ICC World Cup.
Kirsten, whose contract with the national side expires after the World Cup, has expressed his desire to spend more time with his family. A job with the Mumbai Indians however is expected to leave him with plenty of time to spend at home as well as stay in touch with the game.
According to a report published in The Times on Monday, Kirsten is open to the idea of getting himself involved in the T20 event. “Indian cricket had hoped to persuade Kirsten to change his mind about not renewing his contract, but gave up on it this week. Future options for Kirsten could involve the Indian Premier League,” the report said. The report went on to state that Eric Simons, currently India’s bowling coach, may be Kirsten’s successor. The latter’s close ties with Sachin Tendulkar may make the Mumbai Indians his preferred choice in case Kirsten decides to give the IPL a shot. “The close relationship that Kirsten has with Sachin Tendulkar may lead to cooperation between the two at the Mumbai Indians, who are expected to appoint a director of coaching before the next IPL season,” The Times said.
If he signs on the dotted line, it would be interesting to see if Kirsten is able to change the fortunes of Mumbai Indians they way he transformed that of India.