Gary and Debbie Kirsten at Cornerstone

Legendary cricketer Gary Kirsten will be with at Cornerstone Bedfordview for a men’s meeting on Saturday, 16 August, 3pm.

Our time with Gary will be followed by the Springboks vs Argentina rugby game (at 5pm). This is also a bring and braai.

Ladies, don’t feel left out. Gary’s wife, Debbie, will be sharing her story at a ladies tea on Saturday, 16 August at 11am.

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Gary and Debbie Kirsten at Cornerstone

Saturday 16 August
Men’s Meeting with Gary – 3pm, followed by rugby at 5pm
Ladies tea with Debbie – 11am

at Cornerstone Church Bedfordview
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As a batsman, Gary Kirsten’s career spans 101 test matches, the first ever Protea to do so, and 185 One Day Internationals for South Africa, between 1993 and 2004, mainly as the opening batsman. He held numerous records, including the highest innings by a South African in a One Day International (188 not-out made against the United Arab Emirates during the 1996 World Cup, which is the sixth highest innings of all time in One Day International cricket, and the highest score in World Cup cricket history). His determination, consistency and passion, coupled with a unique technique, has made him one of the best cricketers in South Africa’s long and successful cricket history.

After retirement, Kirsten organised a cricket academy in Cape Town. From 2008 to 2011, he took the job as the coach of the Indian cricket team. The results of his experience and ability to inspire was seen within months, described by the Indian captain M.S. Dhoni as “The best thing to happen to Indian cricket.”

After his contract ended, Kirsten then became the full-time coach of the South African national cricket team. Under Kirsten, in August 2012, the Proteas ended up at the top of the ICC Test rankings. However, in 2013 Kirsten decided to step down as the coach to spend more time with his family. He now has many business interests and is a sought-after guest speaker.

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