Kirsten’s the best, says Gambhir

India opener Gautam Gambhir feels that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should renew coach Gary Kirsten’s agreement when it expires after the 2011 World Cup. According to Gambhir, who was named brand ambassador for Beverly Hills Polo Club, the South African was the “best coach” for the Indian team. Sanjiv Goenka, vice-chairman of RPG Enterprises, was also present at the promotional.

“Gary is certainly the best coach we have seen for the Indian team. All the players have been saying regularly that India needs Gary as the coach. I don’t need to speak much about him..“His fabulous record speaks for itself. He has been a great man-manager. So, I believe that he should be retained after the World Cup also,” Gambhir said.

The opener also supported Kirsten’s idea of sending the top-order batsmen to South Africa, a week in advance, so that they can get themselves acclimatised to the pace and bounce of the wickets there. Gambhir missed the second Test, against Australia, in Bangalore, because of a knee injury. He, however, has been named in the side against the Black Caps in the three-Test series starting November 4, in Ahmedabad.

The Delhi DareDevils skipper also informed that he was spending more time in the nets to get back into rhythm.“I have increased my batting time at the nets and am happy with my fitness,” he said. “I missed being a part of the team in the second Test, against Australia… I am eager to be out there in the middle.”


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