Pretoria, May 2: India's President Pratibha Patil has credited the World Cup 2011 win to the former Indian coach Gary Kirsten, who led the team to the glory last year, drawing loud cheers from her South African counterpart Jacob Zuma, while referring to sporting ties between the nations during a conference at Pretoria on Wednesday.
Speaking after the delegation-level talks with Jacob Zuma, Pratibha Patil credited South Africa's Gary Kirsten for India's World Cup glory as he had played a vital role in moulding the team to create history after 28 years.
"We are mindful of the sporting ties between the two countries, especially in cricket," she said.
"I would like to recognise the South African hand in the form of coach Gary Kirsten in ensuring victory for India in the cricket World Cup in 2011," the President said.
Kirsten represented South Africa in 101 Tests and 185 One day internationals between 1993 and 2004, while he has over 7000 Test runs and 6000 ODI runs to his credit.
After Gary took over as coach in 2008, Team India's fortunes changed as they reached the top and were placed at No 1 and most importantly their World Cup win was the highlight of Gary Kirsten's tenure, as his term ended after the World Cup in April 2011.