‘Will never apply for India coach job again’
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.