New Delhi: There has been a buzz around Delhi Daredevils since Gary Kirsten’s appointment as head coach of the franchise. What he does to lift the team from the bottom of the IPL table in 2013 would be interesting to follow.
On his first official visit to the Capital after his appointment, Kirsten said he is looking to get into the “nuts and bolts” of his job and build something “special.”
“I am here as part of this franchise for a number of reasons. It is a fantastic challenge. I am looking forward to getting into the nuts and bolts of the work and want to build something very special with the franchise.”
“I have been an international coach for five years. This space is new for me. I am looking forward to work with a team of people and help them in their game plan and strategies. I cannot guarantee results but we can give it our best shot,” the South African said during the launch of the Daredevils School Cup.
Asked whether he sees Daredevils as future IPL champions, Kirsten said he has no recipe for instant results.
“I wish I was selling a product in the supermarket which could have changed things! That’s not what coaching is all about. Obviously, one would like to take the franchise to the top.”
The South African stalwart has proved himself as a coach, guiding India to World Cup glory in 2011 and top of the Test rankings during his three-and-a-half year stint. He then helped South Africa to the No. 1 Test position before stepping down in July this year due to family commitments.
The IPL would be a different ball game for the former lefthanded batsman. “I am engaged with the coaches here to understand how it works."
When the window is very short, one tries to build a team as best as possible, but every three years the teams can change.
“It’s not an excuse. I am looking at it as an opportunity. One has to use the environment and rules to the best of one’s abilities. We will be discussing our strategies in the next two months,” said Kirsten.
A group of 100 schoolkids got an opportunity to interact with Kirsten during a coaching clinic at the Air Force cricket ground in Palam, an initiative of the franchise.
Kirsten answered a number of queries giving anecdotes from his playing days. “At some point we asked the same questions as these guys were asking. This is the stage where learning and development begins on what one needs to do to play cricket at the highest level.”
One of the important aspects that Kirsten emphasised was having a game plan. “One should have a game plan for every match based on the conditions, the opposition and the bowler. One cannot play on South African wicket as you one does here and vice versa. As a kid, we were always told to target 100s, but that can only happen when one sticks to a plan.”