Virender Sehwag’s sensational revelation, hints how Virat Kohli didn’t back him as India coach
Virender Sehwag was one of the candidates who had applied to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the Indian cricket team coaching job, in place of Anil Kumble. Ravi Shastri was hired as the new coachUpdated: Sep 16, 2017 13:15 IST
Former Indian cricket team player Virender Sehwag has taken a dig at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the current head coach Ravi Shastri. Sehwag said he was not picked for the coaching job because he ‘did not have any setting’ in the BCCI.
Virender Sehwag also pointed fingers at Virat Kohli’s stance in the whole affair. According to Sehwag, the Indian cricket team captain had asked him to ‘go for it’ (apply for the coaching job). It was widely reported that Kohli’s strong backing was the reason why Shastri was reinstated in the Indian team after a gap of one year during which Anil Kumble was the head coach. Shastri had previously worked with the national side as the Team Director.
A fallout between Virat Kohli and former coach Anil Kumble had opened the doors for Shastri’s return.
But according to Virender Sehwag, Ravi Shastri — who had not applied when the BCCI invited applications the first time — had said he would not apply for the job as he did not want to make the same mistake again.
“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 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,” he added.
When asked why he did not get the India coaching job, Virender Sehwag indirectly pointed at Ravi Shastri and said, “See, I didn’t have any setting”.
Virender Sehwag revealed he was never interested in applying for the job, but he did so after a few BCCI officials asked him to throw in his hat in the ring.
“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, adding he would not have applied if he knew Shastri was going to apply as well.
“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,” Sehwag added.
First Published: Sep 15, 2017 18:29 IST