South African Kirsten, as the coach, took India to 2011 World Cup title. However, he had opted not to renew his contract after that success. Now, he will be back in the country as the head coach of Delhi Daredevils for the seventh edition of IPL (IPL 7) this year.
"It is nice to be back. I have some very fond memories of India from my three years with the Indian team. I always anticipated that I will be back here. I've enjoyed my time in this country. It is nice to be part of the IPL and be involved with Indian cricket again," Kirsten told the official website of IPL.
Kirsten was part of the Daredevils management team at the February 12-13 auction in Bangalore.
Asked about the auciton, he said: "It was quite a weird process for me, it was an interesting experience and a very different one from those I have ever had. It was nice to be part of the action between sport and business. I am looking forward to working with a squad of players coming from different countries who all play their cricket very differently. I am looking forward to managing a team of different kinds of players".
Daredevils picked Dinesh Karthik for Rs 12.5 crores and also bought back Kevin Pietersen for Rs 9 crores. This year they had opted not to retain any of the players.
Kirsten said it was his "good friend" Eric Simons who asked him to join the Daredevils.
"It started with a phone call from my good friend Eric Simons, who was the head coach of Delhi Daredevils. He rang me up and asked what I would be doing after my contract with the Proteas ended. I said I'm not sure and he asked me if I would be interested in joining him at Delhi Daredevils. I said I would and that's how the conversation began," Kirsten said.