Gary Kirsten, Virat Kohli, IPL 2018, India, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Gary Kirsten (left) and Virat Kohli during the former’s India coaching days © AFP

India’s World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten feels skipper Virat Kohli’s eagerness to learn about his game and improving on it makes him one of the “greats” of modern day cricket.

Kirsten, who was in the national capital as part of a nation-wide talent scout for his upcoming academy Gary Kirsten Cricket India, said he loved working with Kohli and believed India’s upcoming tour of England will be an exciting battle.

“Kohli is a great player. He continues to improve and get better. I enjoy working with him because he wants to learn about his game and all great players do that,” the former South African opener told reporters here.

“India-England series will be a competitive series, it will be a good series. It will be great fun watching the battle between two great sides,” he added.

IPL 2018: Gary Kirsten calls for shorter bats, longer boundaries in T20s
IPL 2018: Gary Kirsten calls for shorter bats, longer boundaries in T20s

On being probed about the propulsion of T20 cricket and its effect on the traditional format of the game, Kirsten admitted that the shortest version appeals to the younger generation a lot more.

“I enjoy T20 cricket. It really appeals to the younger generation. It’s very entertaining, my kids enjoy watching T20 cricket more than anything else.

“Test cricket will always going to be there. It’s the purest form of the game, people who have grown with Test cricket will always love it. But the only concern I have with Test cricket is outside of England and Australia, the crowds are waning,” he said.

‘Enjoying RCB stint’

Kirsten, who is also involved with the struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), however decided not to delve much into the dismal performance of the franchise.

The RCB are currently languishing at the penultimate spot of the eight-team IPL points table after managing to win just three of their 10 matches so far.

On being asked about the reasons for the disappointing performance of the Kohli-led side, Kirsten did not have a clear answer and said: “It’s my first year with the team, I have really enjoyed the time with the team.”

“It’s very different coaching a franchise team and an international team, but I am not the head coach of the RCB, I am just an assistant coach. So for me to come and assist the team is something which I really enjoyed,” he added.