Johannesburg: Gary Kirsten, the former India coach, has admitted to being "a bit sad," after MS Dhoni's side lost their No. 1 Test ranking, following three consecutive Test defeats to England. However, Kirsten has warned that it is not yet time to panic and that the team he coached to the top of the world are still a formidable side.
"I am bit surprised with the results, but not in a negative way," Kirsten, who now coaches South Africa, told ESPNcricinfo in Johannesburg, where he was attending a sponsorship announcement. "It's always difficult to understand why teams ebb and flow and often it's the intangibles that make the difference."
While India's poor performances have been put down to everything from the lack of planning to lack of fight, Kirsten sees the reason for their losses as something less easily identifiable. He dished up a range of possible reasons, with the central theme being that of the culture of the side and how that may have to change with the change of coach. "When a new coach comes in its important that he follows on with the culture of the team," Kirsten said.