Gary Kirsten, the India coach, has revealed that South Africa are keen for him to take over their vacant coaching position after guiding India to their first World Cup victory since 1983.
Kirsten had already confirmed during the tournament that he would return to South Africa to spend more time with his family following the World Cup.
And he immediately ruled out a reverse of his decision in the aftermath of India’s thrilling win over Sri Lanka at a cacaphonous Wankhede Stadium.
“No, I made that decision long back,” the former Protea batsman said. “There is no chance of rethinking my decision. I am going back to South Africa.
“They [South Africa] have approached me but I’ve said I’m not going to make any decisions just yet.
“I need to take some time off and clear my mind for a while after this magnificent journey.”
With India looking for a replacement, it has been reported that England coach Andy Flower is now wanted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
The ECB, though, is unaware of any approach to Flower and the Zimbabwean is still expected to lead England this summer against the world champions.
The deliberately low-key Kirsten was appointed not long after India’s humiliating first round exit at the 2007 World Cup under high-profile Australia coach Greg Chappell.
But under the 43 year-old Kirsten they have risen to No 1 in the Test rankings and No 2 in one-dayers following their first World Cup victory since Kapil Dev lifted the trophy in 1983.
“From a while back we wanted to win the World Cup and become the No1 ranked Test team in the world, so to have achieved both is amazing,” Kirsten said.
“We’ve had incredible support but for me the credit goes to the players. They have handled huge expectation and pressure, they have worked really hard, prepared really well and, when they have needed to make the big contributions under pressure, they have done that.”
12:01PM BST 04 Apr 2011