first_imgAfter scripting India’s success story in the international cricket, its former South African coach Gary Kirsten has been busy repeating the show for his home team. Even as Team India continue to miss Guru Gary post their ICC World Cup 2011 feat, the wily coach has now scripted unprecedented success by guiding the South Africans to the summit in all three formats of the game.South Africa’s crushing 80-run win over England on Tuesday’s ODI helped the team stamp their supremacy by becoming the first to hold the No 1 ranking in all 3 formats.South Africa’s historic triumph is a testament to the magic of the man who first steered the Indians to the summit in Tests and One Day Internationals (ODIs) before returning to his home team to guide his very own to unparalleled history.Under the able guidance of Kirsten, the South Africans have clearly looked a class apart — solid and clinical — raising the bar in all formats. His crystal clear mantra and behind the scenes approach has powered the Proteas to some fantastic wins in Tests, ODIs and Twenty-20s in the last 12 months. Their performances highlight South Africa’s dominance.Understandably, South Africa’s skipper in the shorter formats A.B. De Villers was delighted at his team’s remarkable achievement. He, however, insisted that the ranking game was a mere bonus for the side and not their primary goal.In the past, the South Africans have had the infamous tag of chokers. However, Kirsten as their coach has managed to instil in his boys some much-needed self-belief and intent to be all-conquering. These proved to be the factors that helped South Africa scale the summit of Test cricket, ODIs and T20s.Packed with an array of match winners and a quality support staff, the Proteas have truly emerged as the team to beat.South African Test captain Graeme Smith said earlier this month: “I am proud of each guy (in the team). I think there was contribution across the board. There wasn’t just one or two individuals that carried us. Everyone stepped up when they needed to.”From following tried and tested methods to adopting the extreme, Kirsten has shown willingness to go beyond the obvious to guide his team to the peak. While the potent Proteas unit might have scripted history in England, their coach can certainly be trusted that he would not rest until he guides his men to World Cup glory come 2015 down under.advertisementlast_img