Mohali, March 30: He has been a quiet man behind the scenes, monitoring the progress of Team India meticulously and it's no wonder therefore why every Indian player wants Gary Kirsten to remain the coach of the national team (Kirsten's stats).
But Kirsten confirmed that he only has one more match left to complete the duration of his contract as India coach.
"The next match will be my last as India coach. It's been a great experience. It was a privilege to be with this team. Hopefully, we will play well against a great team (SRi Lanka in Mumbai," Kirsten said in one of his last post-match interviews.
Asked about Team India's batting performance against Pakistan, the former South African opener admitted that they were fortunate due to the dropped chances. In fact Sachin Tendulkar got six "lives" en route his 85.
"Indeed, we were lucky that so many catches were dropped. But Suresh played really well in the end."
However the coach has special words of praise for Ashish Nehra who was inducted after being dropped for the last two matches.
"Munaf and Ashish really bowled well. Especially, Ashish as it is not really easy to comeback into the team in a pressure match and deliver."
Gary Kirsten has been one of India's most successsful coaches and is regarded by many as the talisman behind India's victories in the four years he has been at teh helm of affairs. He will indeed leave very large shoes to fill.