Gary Kirsten

Cricket Legend | Winning Cricket Coach
Gary Kirsten

Who Am I

Gary Kirsten is a former South African cricketer, and the World Cup winning coach of the Indian cricket team.

 

On the international cricketing scene, his peers knew Gary Kirsten as a man on whom the whole team could depend on in times of crisis.

 

As a batsman, his ability to withstand enormous pressure from the fastest bowlers and the most crafted spinners was legendary.

 

Gary’s unique ability to score a century against every test playing nation, bears testimony to his endurance and understanding of the dynamics of every bowling attack.

 

Gary’s greatest batting achievement is the record-equaling score of 275 against England, an innings that lasted over 14 hours and 30 minutes. This epitomized his complete self-discipline. 

 

In playing 101 Tests and 185 ODI’s, he gained an insight to a world understood by very few people. By his own admission, his ability and technique needed to be complimented with a temperament that demanded absolute dedication to further self-improvement and reflection. 

 

Gary’s ability and dedication to game eventually led to his finest hour – the coach of Team India that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup. 

 

As a coach and mentor to some of the greatest players in the history of cricket, Gary needed to understand the dynamics that would see them perform consistently over a period of time.

 

Gary through his persistence and experience created a winning culture and a sense of self-belief in the Indian team.  His skill takes credit for getting the best out of his players whilst maintaining their respect – both on and off of the field. He is a very inspirational leader, now much sort after as an inspirational speaker. Gary Kirsten engages with a variety of groups in varying forums, giving insights into his leadership philosophies and how these helped Team India and Cricket South Africa reach their respective goals. His achievements and humility set him apart as speaker.

  

Gary is now building on his successes with the Indian cricket team, by further unlocking the potential within the South African cricket system and identifying up and coming talented young players. 

 

Gary’s leadership style is the perfect blend of humility, discipline, empowerment and ambition. He is successful because his true intent is to make others shine

 

His attention to detail and structured approach makes him an effective communicator. His articulate and eloquent manner combined with an unmistakable presence endears him to all. Known for his straightforward approach, Gary has the knack of simplifying often-complicated issues. His passion for excellence and accountability is infectious.

 

Topics

 

Building a winning culture

Managing team dynamics

Optimising individual talent

Creating informal team leadership

Managing risk in a changing environment

Unlocking team potential

 

 

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