Virender Sehwag stirs coach selection controversy

Virender Sehwag said that had he known Ravi Shastri was applying for the coach job, he would not have done so.

Published: 16th September 2017 02:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2017 03:45 PM   |  A+A-

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag (File | AFP)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Trust Virender Sehwag to co­me up with something extraordi­nary. Ravi Shastri was appointed head coach about two months back and the Indian team is settling down under him. On Saturday, Se­hwag dropped a bomb by saying that he didn’t get the job bec­a­use he was in no position to influence the members of the co­­m­mittee that selected the coach.

“Dekhiye main coach isliye nahi ban paaya kyonki jo bhi coach chun rahe the unse mera koi setting nahin tha (look, I couldn’t become the coach because I was in no position to influence the decision-makers),” the former  opener told a Hindi news channel in a chat show.

It can be remembered that a sp­ecial committee comprising Sa­­chin Tendulkar, Sourav Gang­u­ly and VVS Laxman picked the coach. Sehwag saying that he lost out because he didn’t ha­ve ‘setting’ (colloquial for knowi­ng someone well) amounts to a se­­ri­ous charge. The BCCI isn’t in good shape at the moment. Un­­­der normal circumstances, th­is could have led to a debate.

Sehwag, who had no experience of coaching any team other than mentoring Kings XI Punjab for one season in the IPL, added that he applied for the job only after being coaxed by BCCI offic­i­als. “I never thought of coaching the Indian team. I was given an offer to coach the team. The BCCI (acting) secretary Amitabh Choudhary 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.

He added that had he known Shastri was applying for the job, he would not have done so. “Wh­en I was in England during Ch­a­mpions Trophy, I asked Ravi Sh­a­stri why he hasn’t applied for th­e post. Shastri told me that he wi­ll not repeat the mistake which he had made once. If Ravi had applied earlier, I don’t think th­ere would have been any cha­nce of me applying for the post.” Known for his no holds barred comments, Sehwag might have stirred a hornet’s nest here.

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