During Gary Kirsten's tenure as coach Team India, the performance of the side vastly improved and it consistently came out tops in its many encounters. Now as he prepares to put in his papers, he can take pride from looking back over a glowing record in that position.
No sooner had he assumed the role of coach on March 1, 2008 than India won the the Commonwealth Bank series Down Under, beating Australia in the best-of-three final. Then India went on to hold South Africa to a 1-1 draw in a Test series at home in March-April 2008.
Then, though India lost a Test series to Sri Lanka and the final of the Asia Cup against the same opponents that year, they went on to be beat the Lankans 3-2 in an ODI series in the island nation in August. Following that, India rounded off the year by beating Australia in a Test series at home and in March-April 2009 defeated New Zeland on Kiwi soil in another Test series for the first time ion 40 years, before thrashing them in the ensuing one-day series as well.
Then in June-July 2009, India won a one-day series against the West Indies in the Carribean before losing to Australia in bilateral one-day series 4-2 later that year. Early the next year, India subjected Bangladesh to a 2-zip drubbing in the neighbouring country.
Then India held South Africa to a 1-1 draw in a Test series at home before beating them in the one-day series. Though Inida lost in three triangular series in 2010, it won the coveted Asia Cup in June that year. Indian drew a test series against Sri Lanka in July-August on the island nation before beating Australia 2-0 in a home Test series in Oct 2010. Finally, India held South Africa to a 1-1 draw in the Rainbow Nation in 2010-11.
Therefore, with Kirtsen at the helm of affairs, India has won 5 out of 9 one-day tournaments/series, while claiming victory in 3 Test series, drawing four others and losing just 1. So Kirtsen's winning percentage is over 50 in both formats of the game.
India will certainly miss the man that has infused so much of confidence in the team and inspired so much of success. His shoes will undoubtedly be difficult to fill. With former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming waiting in the wings to take up the post, will India have another winning coach on its hands?