Gary Kirsten in the wars with BCCI!


Team India cricket coach, Gary Kirsten, has been warned by BCCI secretary, Niranjan Shah, to stay away from the media!

This, after an interview that Gary Kirsten gave to Times of India, in which he commented on the different styles of captaincy of Anil Kumble and M. S. Dhoni.

Niranjan Shah reacted angrily to this interview and retorted that “it is selectors’ job to decide about the captaincy issue.”

Sure it is the selectors job to decide on who will be Team India Test captain, but I, for one, do not believe that Gary Kirsten was saying anything profound that would sway the decision on the captaincy issue one way or another!

So, what did Gary Kirsten say?

He said,

“(Dhoni) is ready for (Test captaincy) but there is no need to rush as of now. Anil (Kumble) has done an exceptional job. He is a great leader and he is toiling in many overs for India. He is prepared to do 30 overs in a day. But he is on the other side of the physical side of the game. MS is a great thinker. He has got fantastic skills in terms of understanding the situation. He is the best ODI batsman in the world. He plays every situation really well. He is a very good keeper as well.

Their characters, their strategies are different. Their thinking is different but they both are exceptional cricketers and in different formats of the game they have proved their worth. They lead from the front and lead by example.”

It seems to me that that is a Coach’s assessment of the relative strong suites of Dhoni and Kumble! It seems innocent enough to me except, perhaps, the comment around “there is no need to rush as of now”. But surely, that is not a “let us get our knickers in a knot” moment! Perhaps Niranjan Shah’s knickers are perhaps made of thinner material.

Would it not be in the best interest of Indian cricket if BCCI issue a gag-order on Niranjan Shah?

— Mohan

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4 responses to “Gary Kirsten in the wars with BCCI!

  1. Its a colonial conspiracy, kill the christians,,,,,,,,,
    Sorry I forgot that you are loving fully intergrated society.
    Like F^&k

    Iron Maiden, Run for the Hills, poor souls

  2. Mohan, I couldn’t agree with you more…Jayant Lele was another such specimen!!

    This again underscores the lack of professionalism in BCCI. What qualifies Niranjan Shah to be the secretary of BCCI? It can’t be his cricketing acumen…He was a mediocre domestic cricketer…average of 11.70 in 12 matches played over 10 years or so. Is he an accounting whiz or has he demonstrated great organizational capability in any capacity? Dalmiya was a former secretary for BCCI…for all his faults, he atleast had some vision. He and Bindra did change India’s stature in world cricket from an economical perspective. What value add does Niranjan Shah bring to the table? Your guess is as good as mine…

  3. Gary Kirsten is treading a thorny path.. He should learn from Greg Chappel.. that you can’t say anything that pisses off BCCI..

  4. Gary Kirsten is talking total non sense. no doubt about it.

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