27 July, 2021

‘His Is An Absolute Love Affair’

The former Indian coach and ex-SA opener on what he thinks about Sachin the man and the cricketer

AFP (From Outlook 29 April 2013)
‘His Is An Absolute Love Affair’

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.

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