Gary Kirsten has played against Sachin and then been his coach through to the pinnacle of his career—the 2011 World Cup. But the ex-SA opener has rarely shared his thoughts on Sachin, what he thinks about the man and the cricketer and what his enduring legacy would be. Here’s Kirsten in a freewheeling conversation with Boria Majumdar:
You have seen Sachin as an opposition player and was subsequently his coach. Two very different experiences, can you tell us a bit more about it?
I have always found Sachin to be a thoroughly decent person. He is a humble man considering his cricket status around the world. He is cricket’s greatest role model and continues to provide a great example for young aspiring cricketers on how to conduct oneself throughout one’s career. Although I got to know him better when I was with the Indian team, my views have never changed.
You were instrumental in turning things around for Indian cricket; Sachin was key to this. How was he in the...