Former South Africa cricketer Gary Kirsten, now coaching the Hobart Hurricanes franchise in the Big Bash League (BBL), has suffered a broken jaw as a result of a smashing return hit from batsman D’Arcy Short at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart. “It was wet, so we were in the indoor centre. Darce [Short] just whacked one back at him that he didn’t pick up in time,” the Hurricanes skipper George Bailey told in relation to the incident.
Kirsten was immediately given dental treatment following the freak injury as the team was training indoors following a wet outfield. The fifty-year-old broke his teeth though would not be needing surgery, as Short, the highest run-getter of the tournament, hit with extreme power.
Incidentally, earlier in the day, Pakistan’s all-rounder Shoaib Malik was hit hard on the head by a throw from Colin Munro during an ODI at Hamilton between New Zealand and Pakistan. Though Malik was reported to be fine, he did not take the field when his side came out to bowl.
Bailey shed further light on the matter by saying, “[Kirsten] has actually come out of it very luckily in the big scheme of things. He said that he’s probably been a blase about that over the years. It’s obviously prompted [a change] – everyone has had [helmets] on since.”
With the mega Indian Premier League auction slated for January 27 and 28, the Royal Challengers Bangalore management on Monday confirmed their coaching staff led by head coach Daniel Vettori, who has been at the helm since 2014.
Former coach of the world cup winning Indian cricket team Gary Kirsten , it is learnt, signed on the dotted line last week. He has been named the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batting coach for the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. This will be Kirsten’s second stint in the IPL after his three-year contract was cut short to a year by Delhi Daredevils in 2015.
Recently-retired pacer Ashish Nehra has been named the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling coach for the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League.
With the vision of long-term development of the squad and bringing in fresh talent from across the country, the franchisee has realigned the roles of Trent Woodhill and Andrew McDonald.
Another Australian Andrew McDonald, who joined the RCB set-up last season, will handle bowling talent development and analytics.
“I am excited to welcome Gary and Ashish to the coaching team for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both of them bring a wealth of experience in cricket, which the team can learn from immensely. We look forward to an amazing season.” – Daniel Vettori
RCB coaching team: Daniel Vettori: Head coach; Gary Kirsten: Mentor and batting coach; Ashish Nehra: Mentor and bowling coach, Trent Woodhill: Batting talent development and analytics & fielding coach; Head of scouting (off-season); Andrew McDonald: Bowling talent development and analytics.