Gary Kirsten

Coaching the coaches: A fresh new innings for Gary Kirsten

Former Proteas opener and coach Gary Kirsten has found an innovative way to teach aspiring cricket coaches – by launching a unique online coaching and accreditation platform.

Gary Kirsten is no stranger to success as a player and as a coach. In 2011 he became the only South African to lay hands on the Cricket World Cup trophy to date – when he coached India to victory on their home soil.

As a batsman, Kirsten amassed a total of 7,289 Test and 6,798 ODI runs, including a 14 and a half hour shift against England in Durban in 1999, in which he scored 275 runs.

Since retirement, the former Proteas left-hand opener, who was stubborn with the bat, has spent more than a decade coaching at the highest levels of the game, in a two-year stint as Proteas national coach from 2011 to 2013.

Kirsten has now turned his attention to training the coaches, an area of cricket he believes needs some improvement. “I would like to see a lot more coaching improvement at schoolboy level. I think a lot of the coaches deployed in those areas require upskilling,” Kirsten said in an interview with EWN Sport.

He has found an innovative way to teach aspiring cricket coaches – by launching a unique online coaching and accreditation platform.

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