4.Gary Kirsten

Known for becoming the first South African player to play 100 Test matches, Gary Kirsten always had that kindling spark for cricket within him. This led to him being appointed as the coach of the Indian cricket team in 2008, a few years after his retirement from international cricket. He instilled great confidence among all the players that made India a world class team in every respect.

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Under his guidance India won numerous series and competitions some of which include the home series win against Australia to regain the Border Gavaskar trophy, series win in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka, ODI and Test series win against New Zealand in New Zealand. His final achievement was the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which India won by defeating Sri Lanka. He was aptly termed as “The best thing to happen to Indian cricket” by MS Dhoni. After India, he coached the Proteas for two years, during which South Africa became the No.1 Test team in ICC rankings.

 

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