‘Will never ap­ply for In­dia coach job again’

Sport360 - - News - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

For­mer In­dia opener Viren­der Se­hwag said he missed out on be­com­ing the In­dian team’s coach as he didn’t en­joy the sup­port of the de­ci­sion mak­ers and added he will not ap­ply for the po­si­tion again.

Se­hwag ap­plied for the po­si­tion that even­tu­ally went to Ravi Shas­tri, who had the sup­port of skip­per Vi­rat Kohli, In­ter­est­ingly, it was Kohli who also asked Se­hwag to ap­ply for the job.

“I didn’t be­come the coach be­cause I didn’t have any ‘set­ting’ (slang for hob­nob­bing with de­ci­sion-mak­ers) with those who were in power of ap­point­ing the coach,” Se­hwag told In­dia TV news chan­nel.

Se­hwag said he was ‘mis­led’ by a sec­tion of the In­dian board.

“I never thought of coach­ing the In­dian team. I was given an of­fer to coach the team. The BCCI (act­ing) sec­re­tary Amitabh Chaud­hary and GM (Game De­vel­op­ment) MV Srid­har came to me and re­quested me to think about the of­fer. I took my time and then ap­plied for the po­si­tion,” Se­hwag re­vealed.

“I also had a word with Vi­rat Kohli, he asked me to go for it.

It was only then that I ap­plied. I thought since they are re­quest­ing me, I should help them. I never thought of ap­ply­ing on my own nor will I ever ap­ply in fu­ture.”

Se­hwag said that Shas­tri had earlier in­formed him he will not ap­ply for the job and said had he known Shas­tri’s ‘in­ten­tions’, he would not have put his name in the hat.

“When I was in Eng­land dur­ing the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy, I asked Ravi Shas­tri why he hadn’t ap­plied for the post? Shas­tri then told me that he will not re­peat the mis­take which he had al­ready made once.

“If Ravi had ap­plied earlier, I don’t think there would have been any chance of me ap­ply­ing for the post. I would have never ap­plied,” Se­hwag said.

“I didn’t be­come coach be­cause I didn’t have any ‘set­ting’” – Se­hwag

Open­ing up: Viren­der Se­hwag.

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