Kirsten takes IPL coaching job

2013-09-03 12:04

Cape Town - Former South Africa and India coach Gary Kirsten has been appointed as head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side, the Delhi Daredevils.

According to the NDTV website, Kirsten will work with fellow South African Eric Simons.

The 45-year-old former Proteas opener coached India between 2008 and 2011, before taking charge of South Africa for two years.

He resigned as Proteas coach in May this year, in an attempt to spend more time with his family.

Kirsten will have a tough task lifting the fortunes of Delhi, who finished last in this year's IPL.

"The #DelhiDaredevils is delighted to welcome @Gary_Kirsten as Head Coach. He will work with Team Mentor TA Sekar and Eric Simons," the franchise tweeted.

"@Gary_Kirsten says the decision to join #delhidaredevils was an easy one. It will be his first experience with an @IPL team."


  • Anthony Martin - 2013-09-03 12:10

    WTF Gary??? What happened to spending more time with the family?

  • Andile Nokhetshe - 2013-09-03 12:26

    We still don't know the real reason why Kirsten left the Proteas, can we therefore- please refrain from making stupid speculations like it is because of politics, qouta system etc. If however - you are his mate and he has personally told you why he left please do share with the rest of us.

  • Gunner ZN - 2013-09-03 12:29

    This was expected.Gary will be about 3 months away from home but earn 3-4 times his salary earned for the Proteas.No politics, just makes financial sense.

  • Hansie Crook - 2013-09-03 12:32

    South African: Why do you have to include race in everything????? Kirsten resigned because he wanted to spend time with his young family. Being a national coach who travels for more than 6 months of the year doesnt allow you that. However, excepting an IPL job makes sense because the tournament runs for just under 2 months and will not have to be away from his family for that long.... PLUS theres lot of MONEY to be made.

  • Bam Boo - 2013-09-03 12:38

    maybe he's family like indian cuisine

  • G'neral le Edon - 2013-09-03 12:39


  • Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto - 2013-09-03 12:42

    Ppl stop speculating, Gary stated his reasons to leave n we have 2 respect it. With Proteas you travell more thn six months bt IPL its a tournament and after tht he goes bck 2 spend time with the family. Besides the Salary is more thn wht he got.

  • Gerald Majola - 2013-09-03 12:53

    What a JIP, so much for spending more time with your family you lying B@strd.

      Roy Wadhams - 2013-09-03 13:40

      Are you the same Majola who helped yourself to as much money that you could without permission?

  • Gavin Van Rooy - 2013-09-03 13:04

    Good on Gary. He can do what he wants i reckon. My theory still remains to be a possible eventuality. Gary Kirsten to take over Andy Flower as director of Coaching with ECB.

      Vrystaat Poppie - 2013-09-03 13:26

      Ala Brendan Venter? LOL

  • Raymond Kok - 2013-09-03 13:26

    so the sad story about spending time with the family was all a hoax you are chasing the big money ,but i dont blame you sa cricket will ,make your cv look bad with all this politicians meddling in it

  • Binne Goed - 2013-09-03 13:27

    Lots of money for a month's work. Will be stupid to refuse

      William Thabiso Mopai - 2013-09-03 15:21

      gaza was simply presented with a financially healthy indian cricket cow & would indeed be stupid not to milk it dry...f@#k alleged politics in CSA & f@#k haters labeling him a traitor,INDIA is just financially fulfilling for the man!!!let him get his paper & stop hating...s@#t!!!

  • Roy Wadhams - 2013-09-03 13:36

    Leaving South Africa as a coach was a political move brought on him by the CSA. Using his family as the reason for his move was not,as far as I am concerned,not true. Now he has gone back to the IPL so his "family commitments" is not so important anymore? Is this also all about money?

      Richard Barnes - 2013-09-03 15:32

      He will earn more in two months in the IPL than he will in twelve months as Proteas coach. If you wanted to earn well while still having ten months of the year to spend with your family, which would be the more attractive proposition for you?

  • Zoheb Hassan - 2013-09-03 13:44

    So india doesn't wanna play here yet our ex coach will leave to join them.. Lol so much for people commenting that we should snub them when truth is, half of our players play in THEIR ipl and now wanna coach there lol

      Richard Barnes - 2013-09-03 15:33

      India do want to play here. They just wanted an itinerary that they agreed with.

  • Berthrim Peter Abrahams - 2013-09-03 13:48

    All about the money.

  • Shiven Gopi - 2013-09-03 13:49

    He left the Proteas because you cant teach old dogs new tricks.

  • Donovan Dunn - 2013-09-03 14:09

    Lets be honest, not much coaching to be done in the IPL. get paid huge $$$ to select 5 expensive bowlers and 6 "smash it as hard as you can" batsmen in a team and sit on the sides and drink Pepsi. Living the dream GK!

  • Jetlee - 2013-09-03 14:17

    Good On you Gary! Coaching a national team is a full time job. So one month at the IPL is nothing in comparison. He's family will probably be joining him on India. People need to realise that Gary took the national job on his own terms. That's the only reason he quit after 2 years.

  • Phindile Styles Zina - 2013-09-03 15:02

    After winning the World cup with the Indian national team, he said he wants to be closer to home so that he can spend time with his family, he left India. He coached the national team and never renewed his contract, this time claiming that he wanna spend more time with his family, now is he going to coach this Indian team from home... Garry Kirsten is unreliable!

  • Martin Fourie - 2013-09-03 16:23

    Speculation as to why he left the Proteas, what for ? See some people call hin "traitor", why ? Gary I hope you make a success of this your new endeavour, you always were and always will be ranked as one of our true legends.

  • Trudy Naidoo - 2013-09-04 01:15

    So home and family is where the money is....

  • Clinton Tupper - 2013-09-04 11:14

    I also would not be happy if i could not select my team based on performance.....$$$$ was obviously also the other reason.

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