Gary Kirsten was coach of India when they won ICC World Cup 2011  © Getty Images
Gary Kirsten was coach of India when they won ICC World Cup 2011 © Getty Images

Delhi: Oct 18, 2014

Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have said that the arrival of Gary Kirsten changed things in the Indian dressing room and that was the pivotal moment in India’s road to the ICC World Cup 2011, which they won on home soil. Also, Mike Horn, the explorer, joined the team during the big event and motivated them for the tournament.

Speaking at an event organised by Aaj Tak-Headlines Today, Yuvraj said, “Kirsten. His presence made a lot of difference. He understood us. Then Mike Horn came and shared his experiences. His experiences motivated us a lot.”

Harbhajan said, “Cricket is more of a team game. In 2007 we never played up to our fullest potential. The team spirit increased with Kirsten’s arrival. When we took field in 2011 we did it with the mentality to win, not just participate. I remember Yuvi and I were at Wankhede 2-3 months before the Final. Yuvi told me “just think, 2-3 months from now we will lift the World Cup.”

“The team meeting before the final of the tournament was for only 2 minutes. And no one spoke apart from Mike Horn,” Harbhajan added.