Russell Domingo © Getty Images
Russell Domingo is the youngest ever coach of South Africa © Getty Images

 

London: May 16, 2014

 

South African national team coach Russell Domingo is relieved that he has stepped out in his own light and is no longer shadowed by Gary Kirsten, the former head coach of the team. Domingo was the assistant coach of South Africa but was appointed as the main coach when Kirsten resigned.

 

According to Sport24, the decision to appoint Domingo was not accepted by many sports veterans as he was not the biggest name in cricket and at 38 was appointed as the youngest coach of the team.

 

The new coach is however, thrilled at his promotion and has expressed slight difficulty in stepping out of Kirsten’s shadow. “Stepping out of Gary’s shadow and stepping into my own light and my own way of doing things has taken a bit of work,” Domingo was quoted as saying on Cricket South Africa’s official Facebook page. “Getting the players to see me as not Gary’s assistant but as head coach was a bit of a change but we’ve smoothed it out and we’re working well together,” he said.

 

Russell said that he was targeting the upcoming World Cup series in Australia and New Zealand next year as a potential milestone for South African cricket. “I sincerely believe that our time [to win a World Cup] is not far away. We have a group of world class players and huge talent in the Proteas squad. I think it’s all about supporting the team, irrespective of what happens.”