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Kirsten might quit coach job after WC

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Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 12:01 [IST]
 
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Kirsten might quit coach job after WC

Team India may have a winning combination right now, but it stands to lose the joker in its pack as Indian captain M S Dhoni has hinted that the coach Gary Kirsten, might be quitting his post following the World Cup next year.

Dhoni indicated that discussions about Kirsten extending his contract haven't been placed on the table just yet as the team is focused on the South Africa tour. "We will wait for the right time," said Dhoni. "After this series we have the World Cup coming, which means he still has close to two, two-and-a-half months with us. We will try to get the most out of him, but at the same time, as I always say, it will be a pleasure to have him for another three years."

Dhoni showered praise on Kirsten's role as a cohesive force for the team. "He is one of the greatest things to have happened to Indian cricket apart from the talented cricketers we have got. Throughout he has been away from the media, he just concentrates on the work he needs to do."

Kirsten joined India after the bitter tour of Australia in 2007-08, and under him India have completed their rise to No. 1 Test ranking and are going into the World Cup as one of the favourites. His very involved style has been appreciated by the Indian players, who have taken every opportunity to express their gratitude.

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