"When he was with India"- Harsha Bhogle breaks silence on Gary Kirsten's leaked dressing room conversation with Pakistan team

Published - 18 Jun 2024, 05:27 PM | Updated - 18 Jun 2024, 05:36 PM

Harsha Bhogle and Gary Kirsten
Harsha Bhogle and Gary Kirsten. Image Credit: Getty Images

Gary Kirsten has been ruling the headlines ever since his dressing room conversation leaked after the Pakistan cricket team’s embarrassing early exit from the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Now, Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle reacted to the whole sage with a sensational statement.

Kirsten was appointed the Pakistan cricket team's head coach on April 29, and the South African master joined the team on May 20, but his short time with the players was enough to get to know about the whole drama within Pakistan cricket.

Gary Kirsten’s ‘no unity in team’ chat leaked after Pakistan's T20 World Cup 2024 exit

The Men in Blue managed to win their last two Group A games against Canada and Ireland, but their early defeats against the USA and India didn’t help them, as the winner of the 2009 T20 World Cup failed to make it to the Super-8 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. After their final game against Ireland, the head coach expressed his disappointment.

According to Pakistani media, Kirsten, in a direct conversation with the Pakistan team in the dressing room following their exit from the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, expressed concerns about the team's fitness levels, saying their fitness level was below par and not meeting his expectations.

In a critical assessment, Kirsten also pointed out a significant gap in skill levels compared to international standards. The head coach said that Pakistani players have no clarity regarding shot selection during matches, despite having a lot of experience at the highest level.

He also claimed the Pakistan team had ‘no unity’ since he joined the team, and the situation in the dressing room was the worst he has ever seen in his coaching career. Kirsten also made it clear that players who show improvement will continue to be part of the team, while those who do not meet the standards will be dropped from the team.

Harsha Bhogle reacts to Gary Kirsten's leaked conversation with Pakistan Cricket Team

Well, Kirsten’s remark created an uproar on social media and within Pakistan, and Harsha Bhogle, a well-known broadcaster, said that his leaked conversation with the Men in Green would be a good learning curve for Kirsten.

Bhogle also highlighted how the former Indian head coach worked amazingly with Team India and won the 2011 World Cup with them despite having some strong and impeccable characters in the team like Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni.

The commentator said that such incidents expose the insecurity within the Pakistan team, but he hopes that they will do well to seek the benefits of Kirsten’s knowledge. However, Bhogle has indirectly warned the South African legend of the true colors of the Pakistani players.

Harsha Bhogle posted on X: “When a private conversation within a dressing room is leaked, with a few embellishments I am sure, it exposes the insecurity within. It will be a learning curve for Gary Kirsten but he is a good man and Pakistan will do well to seek the benefits of his knowledge. When he was with India, he was surrounded by some tough people but also players of impeccable character. It created a fabulous combo.”

Here's Harsha Bhogle's X post -

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