Speaking on the ‘Cricket Collective’ podcast, Kirsten recalled the “bizarre” sequence of occasions that unfolded in 2007. Kirsten stated he went for interview on the invitation of Gavaskar, who was a part of the coach choice panel, and ended up with the job after being supplied his predecessor Greg Chappell’s contract.
“I got an email from Sunil Gavaskar – would I consider coaching the Indian team,” Kirsten recalled. “I thought it was a hoax. I never even answer it. He sent me another email, and said, ‘Will you come for an interview?’. I showed it to the wife, and she said, ‘They must have the wrong person’. “So it was a weird entry into the entire thing, and rightly so. I imply, I had no teaching expertise or something,” he stated.
Kirsten stated when he landed in India for the interview, an opportunity assembly with the then captain Anil Kumble had them each laughing on the prospect of him being in rivalry for the place. “I went for the interview, it was a weird expertise in some ways as a result of I sort of arrived on the interview and I see Anil Kumble, who’s the present Indian captain, and he says, ‘What are you doing right here?’. I stated, ‘I’ve come for an interview to educate you!’. “So we kinda laugh about it. It was quite a laughing matter.”
Even although he did not had any teaching expertise then, Kirsten went on to develop into one of the crucial profitable India coaches of all time, guiding the workforce to the highest of the Test rankings in 2009, after which to the World Cup title two years later. Talking in regards to the interview, Kirsten stated he had gone unprepared and it was present India coach Ravi Shastri, who was within the choice panel at the moment, to “break the ice”.
After that, the previous Proteas opener stated, all it took was seven minutes to get the nod. “…I am in this board meeting with these BCCI officials, and it was quite an intimidating environment; the secretary of the board said, ‘Mr. Kirsten, would you like to present your vision for the future of Indian Cricket?’, and I said, ‘Well, I don’t have one.’ No one had asked me to prepare anything for it. I had just arrived there,” Kirsten stated.
“Ravi Shastri, who was on the committee, stated to me, ‘Gary, inform us, what did you guys because the South African workforce do to beat the Indians?’. I believed it was an amazing ice-breaker, as a result of I might reply it and I answered it in about two-three minutes with out saying methods that we sort of most likely use to this present day.
“He was suitably impressed, as was the remainder of the board, as a result of three minutes later – I had been in within the interview about seven minutes – the secretary of the board slides throughout a contract to me,” he added.
Kirsten stated the contract handed to him at the moment had outgoing coach Greg Chappell’s identify on it. “(I) choose up the contract, and the primary web page, I’m searching for my identify frantically, and I can not see my identify, however I see Greg Chappell’s identify, who was the earlier coach.
“So I slide the contract back and I say, ‘Sir, I think you have given me your previous coach’s contract. He kind of looks at it a little bit perturbed, and takes out a pen from his pocket, scratches out his (Chappell) name and writes my name on it,” he stated.
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