Kirsten agrees with the need for ‘structural changes’ in RCB

Nearing the end of another disappointing campaign, RCB head coach Gary Kirsten has agreed with the need for “structural changes” to turn the fortunes around of the Bengaluru-based franchise, which has under-performed in the IPL – particularly in the last three seasons, including this one, and failed to make the playoffs in each of them.

Kirsten had joined RCB as a batting coach last year, before taking over the reigns this season, but has failed to bring the best out of a team which, year on year, is given top billing based on the star cast.

“When you look at the beginning before IPL starts and you look at every team, I think some of the experts were saying that we were going to get into the playoffs,” Kirsten told reporters in Bengaluru on Friday (May 3). “There are some structural changes that need to be made that have maybe been around for quite a long time. This is my first year as the head coach, so I’ve got a better understanding of what those are. We’ll certainly discuss with our owners and look into that for next year.”

This isn’t Kirsten’s first experience as head coach in the IPL, a competition that he singles out for its intensity, as he has previously been in charge of Delhi Daredevils for a couple of seasons, presiding over two horrid campaigns, that resulted in his contract being terminated one year early. But in both cases, with Delhi and Bangalore, he’s taken over teams that were already struggling.

“Unfortunately there are no quick fixes in IPL, you need to move as quickly as you can to get the results you’re looking for. And sometimes when you’re making quite a lot of shifts around, it takes time. I’ve always been a fan of – as I’m sure all the coaches are in this IPL – continuity. You want to try and build your core of players and build a culture where you can keep coming back to the same players. I think the most successful franchises in IPL have done that. We’re searching for that in RCB. While there might be some structural change next year, I’m hopeful and confident we’ll have some continuity in our players. Because we need to really start building a core of players that we believe in, and back them.”

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