Full Name Gary Kirsten
Born November 23, 1967
Cape Town
Age 50 Years, 0 Months, 26 Days
National Side South Africa
Batting Style Left Handed
Bowling Off break
Teams Played South Africa, South Africa A, South Africa Pres XI, Western Province, Western Province B
Man of the Match Test - 7, ODI - 16, World Cup - 1,
Career Span [Test, 1993 - 2004], [ODI, 1993 - 2003], [World Cup, 1996 - 2003],

A left-hander with a batting technique of his own, Gary Kirsten was known as one of the strongest pillars of the South African top-order. The only thing that distinguished him from others was his calm-headed and determined approach towards the game of cricket. Kirsten’s game revolved around his basic strengths and weaknesses and his adaptability to different conditions.

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Gary Kirsten Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

  M I N/O R HS 100s 50s 4s 6s Avg S/R Ct St
Test 101 176 15 7289 275 v ENG 21 34 922 12 45.27 43.43 83 0
ODI 185 185 19 6798 188* v UAE 13 45 659 20 40.95 72.04 61 1
World Cup 21 21 4 806 188* v UAE 1 5 79 7 47.41 75.46 9 0

Bowling Performance

  I O M R W Best 3w 5w Avg E/R S/R
Test 15 58.1 19 142 2 1/0 v NZ 0 0 71.00 2.44 174.50
ODI 3 5 1 23 0 0/6 v ENG 0 0 - 4.60 -
World Cup 1 3 1 9 0 0/9 v UAE 0 0 - 3.00 -

Gary Kirsten Profile

A left-hander with a batting technique of his own, Gary Kirsten was known as one of the strongest pillars of the South African top-order. The only thing that distinguished him from others was his calm-headed and determined approach towards the game of cricket. Kirsten’s game revolved around his basic strengths and weaknesses and his adaptability to different conditions.

Kirsten debuted against Australia in Melbourne in 1993 and over the years, proved to be the most organised batsman in the South African dressing room. His ability to concentrate for longer periods saw him becoming the leading South African run-scorer and centurion in Tests, before it was surpassed by Jacques Kallis. His career-best knock of 275 came in 14 and half hours, the second-longest innings in terms of duration in the history of cricket. This happened when South Africa followed on against England at Kingsmead in 1999-00. Later, in 2003, he returned to England to haunt them and in the Headingly Test, scored a crucial 130 that helped South Africa win the Test by 191 runs. Where other batsmen struggled against the turning ball, Kirsten enjoyed particular success in sub-continent conditions. He averaged 52.33 on the Indian soil with a highest score of 133, while the average got even better in Pakistan with a staggering 88.16. In his final Test before retirement from international cricket, he hit a match-winning knock of 76 that helped South Africa win the match and level the series against New Zealand in 2004.

Post retirement, he was the batting consultant of the Warriors for some time and later, in 2006, he set up his own Cricket Academy in Cape Town. In 2008, he was elected to coach the Indian cricket team and over the next two years, changed the fortunes of the team. A patient person, Kirsten’s personality was often reflected off-the-field when he mentored the Indian team. Under him, India did extremely well as they gradually scaled the No.1 rank in Test cricket. The biggest fruit of his efforts were reaped in 2011, when the Indian team won the ICC Cricket World Cup. In skipper MS Dhoni’s words, Kirsten was “the best thing to happen to Indian cricket”. The World Cup was his final assignment with the Indian team and thereafter, Kirsten denied continuing as the coach owing to family commitments. He was later named coach of the South African national team in 2011.

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