Kirsten arrives to witness ''natural game'' of his new wards

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Bangalore, Dec 7 (UNI) Newly appointed coach of Team India, former South African batsman Gary Kirsten arrived here this evening to have a glimpse of the performance of his new wards during the third and final Test against Pakistan, beginning here tomorrow.

The former South African opener, who would take charge in March next year, told newspersons on his arrival that he wanted to watch the natural game of Indian players.

He said it was a great honour to take up the coaching offer from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

To a question, Kirsten said ''I don't want to firm up any plan now. I will stay for three days, during which besides watching the game I will gather inputs from other sources and interact with the players''.

He said he would be travelling to Australia along with the Indian team for four tests and ODIs.

To another question, Kirsten said ''of course I will miss my family during the tour. However, they will be joining me after my return from Australia''.

Stating that mental game was also important for cricketers, he said he would give more importance to developing mental fitness of the players during coaching. ''Besides, I want to have my own support staff and this would be implemented after my takeover.'' UNI

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