Reading about the praise being heaped upon Gary Kirsten, I can't help smiling wryly. As he completes three years since he took up the offer in late 2007, the 43-year-old former South African opening batsman while being pleased with all the nice words being said about his contribution to Indian cricket and his role in lifting the team to the top slot in the ICC rankings would also be giving a thought to the initial misgivings he had before taking over.
In contrast to all the good things being said about him these days it is interesting to note that there was a lot of criticism when he was the front runner for the job.
For starters, former England captain Tony Greig hit out at the BCCI's decision to rope in Kirsten. His theory was that Kirsten would be nothing more than a puppet in the hands of senior players. "Kirsten's appointment came as a bit of a surprise to me. It probably has something to do with employing someone who is likely to let the senior players have their way andRead More »from Kirsten has made the right moves