Ex-India cricketer Virender Sehwag has made a bold statement about former India World-cup winning coach Gary Kirsten. Sehwag was part of a panel with Muttiah Muralitharan, BCCI secretary Jay Shah and ICC CEO Geoff Aldridge in Mumbai where the World Cup schedule was announced.
After the fixture list was released, Sehwag was part of a question-answer session where he was asked about Gary Kirsten and his stint with the Indian team. Reacting to this question, the former Indian opener stated that the Indian team and their success made Gary Kirsten a prominent name in world cricket today. Sehwag said, " We have made Gary Kirsten what he is today."
Further in the panel discussion, Sehwag also talked about how the Men in Blue started their preparations for the 2011 World Cup three years in 2008. Coincidently, Kirsten also started his stint with the team that year and eventually coached to the 2011 World Cup victory. He said, " We started preparing for the 2011 World Cup from 2008. The current Indian team needs to start as soon as possible."
Talking about the ODI World Cup 2023, the tournament kicks off on October 5 with England taking on New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. India starts their campaign on October 8 against Australia in Chennai.