Success takes hard work

24 March 2016
Former cricket player and World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten shares his story with us.
My Story: Gary Kirsten

With a cricket stadium as his back yard and a fanatical sporting family, Gary Kirsten was always destined for a life in sport. It was under the oak trees of Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town that a great love for cricket was nurtured.

With his father appointed as the groundsman at Newlands and a family life that lived and breathed sport, it was almost inevitable that Gary Kirsten would become one of South Africaโ€™s most beloved sportsmen.

Propelled to independence by the death of his father soon after he matriculated, Gary initially never pursued a career in cricket. However, with the help of some influential coaches at the University of Cape Town, he was instilled with a sense of self-belief and work ethic that would see him become a South African cricketing legend.

Off the field, he was also a key component of the social bond between teammates, knowing that a vital aspect of teamwork is the ability to have fun as a team. This stood him in good stead to become the Indian coach, leading them to the 2011 Cricket World Cup trophy.