Chennai:India's cricket coach Gary Kirsten on Saturday showered praise on captain Anil Kumble, saying he has "left a legacy as a succesful leader".
Sharing his views about Kumble at a media conference here this evening for the coming first Test against South Africa, he said: "Kumble has proved his worth as an international player. I do not know how to say but as a player of India, he has left a legacy. He has got tremendous support from his players. You cannot ask for more than that.
"I have come here today. I saw Kumble assisting the talented bunch of players in the team at the practice session this evening. As far as the support staff is concerned, we could help these players to play to their potential for greater success." Kumble on his part said Kirsten was experienced and his services would be important to the team. "It is a great advantage to have Gary as a coach. It is going to be a great experience to have around. He did help us with his experience in Australia. His experience of cricket and knowledge will greatly help us. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead," he said.
On wether the team had to reorient since it had shifted from ODI to Twenty-20 to Test now, Kumble said, "the international calender is like that. About 7-8 players have not been part of the ODI squad in Australia. Rest of the team joined us here with their confidence high and that is an advantage."
Kirsten said he enjoyed his interaction with the team during the tour to Australia. "I have the honour and privilege of assisting a bunch of talented cricketers. Hopefully, I can pass on my experience." He discounted suggestions that his knowledge about the South African cricketers would make his job as Indian coach easier. "In this current world of television, everyone gets to know about every player and he being a South African is not an added advantage." Kirsten replied in the negative to a question on whether the presence of team's mental conditioning expert Paddy Upton would give Indians any advantage since he had worked with the South African cricketers.
"What he had done is outside of cricket in business world. The way he worked with some of the south African players is bound by confidentiality. We do not expect him to talk on personalised matters of South African players. He has not come here to pass on information."