Gary Kirsten

Cape Town based, Gary Kirsten was the  Proteas Head Coach (until July 2013) and 2011 Cricket World Cup winning coach for India.

As a coach and mentor to some of the greatest players in the history of cricket, Gary Kirsten needed to understand the dynamics that would see them perform consistently over a period of time and when it mattered most. Creating a winning culture and self-belief in the Indian team was a process. It is his skill for getting the best out of his players whilst maintaining their respect both on and off the field that has made him an inspirational leader. Under his guidance the Indian cricket team united a nation and achieved a dream that will never be forgotten.

His talks cover:

  • Building a winning culture
  • Understanding team dynamics
  • Working with champions
  • Creating self-belief
  • Withstanding pressure in a crisis
  • Managing risk in a changing environment
  • How to win

Through the skill he acquired as a coach, he is able to connect to all levels of the business and sporting spectrum and his articulate and eloquent manner and presence endears him to all. Known for his straightforward approach, his passion for excellence and accountability is infectious.

His greatest achievement with the bat will always be the record-equalling score of 275 against England, an innings that lasted over 14 hours and 30 minutes and epitomised his complete self-discipline.

“I respect his decision. We will miss him a lot. It’s been a pleasure to work with him. He’s probably worked harder than anyone else.”  – Sachin Tendulkar

“His biggest contribution was that he not only brought a sense of self-belief, but also calm and trust in the dressing room after the earlier period where players did not know whom to trust”. – Sunil Gavaskar