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World Cup-winning Gary Kirsten finally speaks on next India coach

Gary Kirsten, India’s 2011 World Cup winning coach, says he always loved working with the Men in Blue. The South African added that the ‘most suited man’ should get the top job following Anil Kumble’s resignation

cricket Updated: Jun 27, 2017 20:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Anil Kumble resigned as the coach of Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team after the ICC Champions Trophy.
Anil Kumble resigned as the coach of Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team after the ICC Champions Trophy.(PTI)

Anil Kumble’s resignation as India coach following an ‘untenable’ relationship with captain Virat Kohli has left the Indian cricket fraternity with a big question – Who will be the Indian spin great’s successor?

Some top foreign coaches including Tom Moody and Richard Pybus have applied for the post while Ravi Shastri and Virender Sehwag are also in the race.

Read | ‘Anil Kumble - Virat Kohli communication had stopped six months ago’

Gary Kirsten knows a thing about Indian cricket and has finally spoken on who should be the next man in charge of the team.

“Always loved working with Team India and hopefully they find the coach most suited for their team,” he wrote on Twitter.

Kirsten was in charge of the Indian team from 2008 to 2011. During that time India won the Icc World Cup and also reached No. 1 in Test rankings.

Read | Anil Kumble’s successor to be appointed before India’s tour of Sri Lanka: Rajeev Shukla

The recent coach conundrum started when Kumble conceded that a fallout with Kohli was the reason behind his decision to resign as India’s cricket coach, claiming that their partnership had become “untenable” despite attempts to resolve the misunderstandings.

Read | Anil Kumble vs Virat Kohli: Bit of clash of personalities, says Jason Gilliespie

In his resignation letter to the BCCI, the 46-year-old former captain said he was taken aback when he was told about Kohli’s “reservations” about his coaching style.

Kumble’s decision to step down came just two days after India’s embarrassing loss to Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final.

His one-year contract expired at the end of the Champions Trophy but he was given the option to travel with the team to the West Indies for the limited overs series beginning on Friday.

First Published: Jun 27, 2017 20:08 IST

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