Will sex before matches help the Indian cricket team?
(UPDATE: Kirsten on Friday denied having any role in drafting the document and said he was deeply hurt by the quotes being attributed to him)
Coach Gary Kirsten is encouraging the Indian cricket team to have sex to boost their performance in the ongoing Champions Trophy tournament in South Africa, a newspaper reported.
Kirsten put down his thoughts on dietary habits, exercise and the benefits of sex in a document handed over to team members, Hindustan Times said this week.
This is not the first time cricket coaches have resorted to unusual methods to help their teams on the field.
During the 2001 Ashes tour, then Australia coach John Buchanan drew on the teachings of Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu — even sliding copies of ‘The Art of War‘ treatise under the doors of cricketers’ hotel rooms.
Sexologists approve of Kirsten’s advice, although several athletes and footballers over the years have been asked to abstain from sex before competitive events.
In a country where sex education is still taboo, will Kirsten’s “have sex” document raise moral hackles. More importantly, will it help Team India win matches?