Gary Kirsten confident of India bouncing back

Gary Kirsten felt India’s recent performance could be because of loss of momentum Getty Images

New Delhi: Oct 7, 2011

Former India coach Gary Kirsten admitted being disappointed by the team’ recent performance in England but feels they are a good enough side to bounce back.

India were blanked 0-4 in the Tests and 0-3 in the ODIs by England in the over a month long tour. England are now in India for the five-match ODI series, which begins Oct 14 in Hyderabad.

Kirsten felt India’s performance could be because of loss of momentum.

“It’s been a little bit sad to watch them not play well because there was much anticipation around that series in England. Also with Duncan (Fletcher) coming in as new coach and he’s just been there for a couple of months, he needs to stamp his mark about what he’s going to do. I guess it was always going to be a difficult time upfront,” Kirsten, who is now coaching South Africa, was quoted as saying in espncricinfo.

“But it has surprised me. The injuries haven’t helped. For me, they’re a good enough cricket team that they can come back. It has been a disappointment. They probably lost a bit of momentum.”

Kirsten also praised England for their performance.

“England are a quality cricket team. They are well coached, have a good structure, good people, they have stability in their team and are putting India under pressure. I don’t think they’d been put under pressure (by India) in the whole series.”(IANS)