2014 Speakers

Gary Kirsten

Cricket Coach for Delhi Daredevils

Gary Kirsten is a former South African cricketer, and one of the most-respected cricket coaches of his time. Kirsten made his Test debut against Australia in 1993 and during his impressive career, played a total of 101 Test matches and 185 One Day Internationals for South Africa, mainly as an opening batsman. 

Born in Cape Town in 1967, Kirsten’s discipline, temperament and penchant for hard work helped him become one of South Africa’s top batsmen. After retiring from cricket, these values, combined with his passion for cricket, translated into him becoming one of the most successful and popular coaches of the Indian and South African cricket teams. 

Kirsten retired from international cricket in 2004 after crafting a match-winning 76 in his final innings against New Zealand. Against the same country, he made history by becoming the first-ever national cricket player to play in 100 Test matches. At the time of his retirement from professional cricket, he had a record 21 centuries in Test cricket and 13 centuries in limited-overs internationals to his name. Kirsten is a co-founder of performance company, Performance Zone, which began in 2007 and helps individuals and teams in business and sport enhance performance. That same year, Kirsten founded the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy – a state-of-the-art facility that provides a high-performance service catering for South African and international cricketers.

In 2008, he was approached by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to coach the Indian national cricket team. Under his guidance and astute leadership, the side went to the top of the Test rankings, which ended with India's International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup triumph in 2011.

Kirsten went on to coach South Africa’s national cricket team for two years, helping them regain the coveted number one position in the ICC Test rankings after defeating England in 2012.

Kirsten is a brand ambassador for Mxit, South Africa's largest mobile social network, and has recently been appointed coach of Indian Premier League team, Delhi Daredevils under a three-year contract.

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