Gary Kirsten

Country: South Africa
Born: November 23, 1967, Cape Town, Cape Province
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Opening Batter

Gary Kirsten Bio

Gary Kirsten, a former South African cricket player and successful coach, is known for his discipline, temperament, and hard work. While he may not have possessed the same flair and pure technique as his half-brother Peter, Kirsten’s determination and ability to concentrate for long periods made him a valuable asset to the South African team. Kirsten’s career as a cricketer was marked by his ability to adapt and work through any challenges he faced, allowing him to consistently perform at a high level.

Throughout his playing career, Kirsten showcased his talents as a left-handed batsman. He meticulously studied his own strengths and weaknesses, tailoring his game accordingly. His calm and level-headed approach to batting brought a sense of practicality to his performances. Though he faced occasional periods of struggle, Kirsten diligently analyzed his game, made necessary adjustments, and quickly bounced back to form.

It was on the subcontinent that Kirsten flourished, impressively averaging 53.85 across 13 Tests in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. His best performance came during the 1999-00 Test against England at Kingsmead when he batted for over 14 and a half hours, securing an unbeaten score of 275 – the second-longest in Test history. In 2003, Kirsten once again displayed his resilience by scoring a crucial 130 against England at Headingley, contributing to South Africa’s 191-run victory. He continued to excel throughout his career, ultimately retiring after a successful Hamilton Test against New Zealand in 2004, during which he scored his 99th Test century.

Following his retirement, Kirsten transitioned into coaching, initially serving as a consultant batting coach for Warriors. In 2006, he established his own academy in Cape Town, utilizing his experience and knowledge to develop young talent. December 2007 marked a turning point in his coaching journey when he accepted the role of coach for the Indian cricket team.

Under Kirsten’s guidance, the Indian team experienced unprecedented success, reaching the pinnacle of Test cricket rankings and securing a historic World Cup victory in 2011. Kirsten’s ability to lead and inspire his players was evident as he transformed the Indian team into a formidable force in international cricket. His tenure with the team ended on a high note, culminating in their World Cup triumph.

Kirsten then decided to shift his focus back to his home country and accepted the position of coach for the South African team. During his time as coach, he continued to showcase his expertise, leading the team to series wins against England and Australia in 2012. Although Kirsten’s efforts couldn’t secure a global title, he cemented South Africa’s position as the No. 1 team in Test cricket.

In addition to coaching national teams, Kirsten has lent his expertise to various T20 leagues worldwide, including the renowned Indian Premier League. His commitment to cricket and his ability to nurture talent have made him an influential figure in the sport.

As a player and coach, Gary Kirsten’s determination, discipline, and hard work have left an indelible mark on the cricketing world. His contributions to the sport will forever be celebrated and admired.

Gary Kirsten Career Stats

Gary Kirsten Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 101 176 15 7289 275 45.27 16783 43.43 21 34 922 12 83 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 185 185 19 6798 188* 40.95 9436 72.04 13 45 659 20 61 1
FC 221 387 42 16670 275 48.31 - - 46 79 - - 171 0
List A 294 289 27 9586 188* 36.58 - - 18 58 - - 97 1
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Gary Kirsten Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 101 15 349 142 2 1/0 1/0 71 2.44 174.5 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 185 3 30 23 0 - - - 4.6 - 0 0 0
FC 221 - 1727 836 20 6/68 - 41.8 2.9 86.3 - 1 0
List A 294 - 138 112 3 1/25 1/25 37.33 4.86 46 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

See more South Africa cricketers