Virender Sehwag’s ‘no setting’ remark triggers new controversy in Indian cricket
Virender Sehwag’s ‘no setting’ remark had apparently led Sourav Ganguly to state that the former India opener ‘spoke foolishly’ in a recent TV interview, before the ex-India captain stated he had been misquoted.cricket Updated: Sep 17, 2017 12:17 IST
Virender Sehwag’s recent explosive comments over not getting India’s coaching job has stirred up a fresh controversy in Indian cricket. (IND v AUS live blog)
After he claimed that having ‘no setting’ in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cost him the coaching job, former captain Sourav Ganguly has also been dragged into the issue as he reportedly said that Sehwag ‘spoke foolishly’.
Virender Sehwag was one of the few applicants for the head coach’s role in Team India following Anil Kumble’s resignation after a fallout with captain Virat Kohli.
According to Sehwag, he was never ready for any such role but after insistence from a few BCCI officials and Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s ‘go for it’ message, he sent in his application.
Sehwag’s comments drew a dismissive reaction from his former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who was one of the three members of BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) responsible to help the board appoint India’s next head coach.
Ganguly reacted by saying that Sehwag ‘spoke foolishly’. He was quoted as saying by PTI, “I’ve got nothing to say. Sehwag spoke foolishly (bokar moton boleche).”
However, Ganguly took to Twitter to claim he was quoted incorrectly. Ganguly wrote, “My quote on Sehwag completely false ..right quote ..Sehwag very dear to me .will speak to him soon ..”
My quote on Sehwag completely false ..right quote ..Sehwag very dear to me .will speak to him soon ..— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) 16 September 2017
Virender Sehwag, famous for his straightforwardness, had claimed that if he knew Ravi Shastri was going to apply for India’s coaching role, he would have never sent in his application.
“When I was in England during the ICC Champions Trophy, I asked Ravi Shastri that why he hasn’t applied for the post? Shastri then told me that he will not repeat the mistake which he had already made once,” Sehwag said in a show on India TV.
“I never thought of coaching the Indian cricket team. I was given the offer... BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhury and MV Sridhar came to me and requested me to think on the offer. I took my time and then applied for the position,” Sehwag said.
Sehwag has also ruled out the possibility of applying for India’s coaching job in future. “I thought since they are requesting me, I should help them. I never thought of applying on my own nor I will ever apply in future,” he said.
He had also pointed out Kohli’s role in the entire episode, saying, “I also had a word with Virat Kohli, he asked me to go for it. It was only then that I applied. If you ask for my opinion, I would say that I was never interested.”
First Published: Sep 17, 2017 12:13 IST