No change needed: Kirsten

The Bangalore run feast will definitely make India's new cricket coach Gary Kirsten a very happy man.

updated: December 11, 2007 15:50 IST
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The Bangalore run feast will definitely make India's new cricket coach Gary Kirsten a very happy man.

But the one issue he will have to deal with soon rather than later given yesterday's great knock, will be that of Yuvraj Singh - a player who still does not find a regular place in the Test 11, when asked about this, the new coach was not very forthcoming.

It seems like he is learnt not to speak about players directly to the media, perhaps a lesson learnt from the Chappell fiasco.

"It was nice to meet up with the team and get to know them here in Bangalore. I hope that with all my experience in international cricket I can add some value to Indian Cricket.

"Hopefully together we can plot the way forward to couple of successful years. This teams playing some good cricket and we need to maintain the consistency," said Gary Kirsten.

Gary Kirsten gave a stamp of approval to the performance of the current team and said there was no reason to "change things much".

"The team is playing good cricket and to maintain that consistency would be all about it. Hopefully the way things are going at the moment there is no reason to change things much," Kirsten said.

Kirsten said he was satisfied after his first interaction with the players in Banglaore.

"I met the players and got to know them. That was the intention of coming down in such a short period of time. Everything I set out to do was achieved," he told NDTV.

Asked about what he can give to Indian cricket, the South African said "Having played the game at the highest level, I can add some value and my experience. There are experienced players in the team and together we can bring some very successful couple of years."

On what he would like to improve, he said "I think we need to talk about that behind closed doors. You know various strategies and hopefully you see results on the field but they are a special team and have some good performers.

On Yuvraj Singh not being able to cement his place in the Test side despite playing some good knocks, Kirsten said "It will be discussed in due time."

Asked about the mental component of the game, Kirsten said "Mind coaches have become big in sports. When they are part of the staff, my perception is that these people can add value to the team."

(With PTI inputs)