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Kirsten sad to see India struggle
Saturday 20 August 2011

Former India coach Gary Kirsten has expressed his disappointment after seeing India struggle to compete against England.

"I am bit surprised with the results, but not in a negative way," the current South Africa coach said on the sidelines of a promotional event in South Africa. He insisted that there was no any reason to press the panic button.Kirsten feels that all is not lost as India are still to play five ODIs where they can make a statement.

"It's always difficult to understand why teams ebb and flow and often it's the intangibles that make the difference," Kirsten told a website.

Having relinquished the coach's job after guiding India to World Cup victory, Kirsten admitted that it is always difficult to continue the stupendous run especially when a change of guard takes place.

"It's not easy to continue a run of success. It's difficult to reach the top and stay there. They won the World Cup, which was massive for them, but then they've had a tour of West Indies and a few injuries and maybe the hunger to win games goes down a little," he explained.

Asked about the deficiencies of this current side which is entering a transition phase, Kirsten said the team always knew that the bowling had limitations.

"They are a great cricket team, with a great captain and one of the best batting line-ups in the world which is why they were No. 1 but we always knew that we were bit short on the bowling side and that was something that we learnt to manage." he revealed.

 

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