Rumour Has It That Gary Kirsten's Applied For The Women Team's Head Coach & We're Stoked

Just appoint Gary Kirsten and announce the news already!

If rumours are to be believed, ex-South African cricketer and former India Men’s team head coach Gary Kirsten has applied for India women cricket team’s head coach position. Kirsten was India’s World Cup-winning team’s coach in 2011 when they became the first team to win world cup at home.

According to a report in The Times of India, a top BCCI source has confirmed that Kirsten has indeed applied for the job after inquiring about the position. The South African is respected among the Indian cricketing fraternity for his contribution to the Indian cricket, as well as for grooming MS Dhoni as a captain.

Of the 13 applications for the job, the 51-year-old will be be one of the top contenders post controversy between Ramesh Powar and Mithali Raj. As per accounts of various cricketers, Kirsten not only manages the cricketers well but communicates with them, a trait which Powar supposedly lacked leading to problems with Mithali.

However, Kirsten is not the only South African who has applied for the job. Former explosive South African opener Herschelle Gibbs is in the race too.

Twitterati are delighted with the news as well as they shared their thoughts:


Right away?

The Chak De India reference

Will Kirsten get the power?

If only he replicates it with Indian women cricket team

Absolute best

Other candidates who have thrown in their hats into the mix are: Atul Bedade (India), David Johnson (India), Rakesh Sharma (India), Manoj Prabhakar (India), Owais Shah (England), Dimitri Mascarenhas (England), Dominic Thornely (Australia), Gargi Banerji (India, former woman cricketer), Vidyut Jaisimha (India), Colin Siller (Australia), Dav Whatmore (Australia) and Ramesh Powar (India).

Powar has decided to send his application as well. He has been backed by T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and CoA member Diana Edulji.

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