Not looking IPL as preparation for World Cup: Kirsten

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach and India’s world cup winning coach Gary Kirsten believes the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a good tournament to participate ahead of the World Cup.

Kohli and Kirsten
Gary Kirsten, a very familiar person in India, who still is in the hearts of the nation as he guided the Indian side to their World Cup triumph for the first time after 1983.

Interestingly, he is also coaching a side in the IPL, who are yet to win this tournament despite playing in all the eleven seasons.

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With the 12th season knock at the door, Kirsten told IPL is a good tournament to participate before the World Cup. However, he doesn’t see the tournament as a preparation for the cricket’s biggest event.

“We not looking at this tournament as preparation for the World Cup. We do understand that all the international players apart from the Indians are called back to their internationals teams through the IPL. We have to accept that. There’s not much we can do about it, but we would certainly want to get the best out of every player.”

“We’ve both played international cricket, we understand the demands that an international player has. We’ll be very reasonable in that space. Ultimately every player needs to know that their priority over the next 50-odd days is RCB. Ashish has made a good point: if you get yourself match-ready during the IPL, that’s going to hold you in really good stead during the World Cup,” he added,

Meanwhile, Ashish Nehra, who is the bowling coach of RCB said that the franchise sticks to the fact – the more you play, the better you will get.

“I am a firm believer, not only as a fast bowler, but even as a cricketer, that the more you play, you will get better. “If a player is saying that ‘I’m feeling fatigued and I’m feeling tired and I need a break for two games’, then so be it. That’s why you need good back up. I got injured in World Cup semifinal and after that I didn’t play the IPL. This debate will always be there – country first or club first. Here you have a responsibility to the franchise also,” he said.

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