Even after retiring from international cricket, Virender Sehwag remains a regular feature in the news due to his expert opinions on players. The former India cricketer is known for his unfiltered comments, but he recently made a revealing statement. He talked about why he did not take up the role of head coach after Anil Kumble’s resignation. Sehwag disclosed that he was invited by Virat Kohli and the then BCCI Secretary Amitabh Choudhary to take up the position.
“I wouldn’t have applied if Virat Kohli and then BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary hadn’t approached me. We had a meeting, and he (Choudhary) told me that things weren’t working out between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble we want you to take the coaching position. He told me that Kumble’s contract will expire after the Champions Trophy in 2017 and then you can travel to West Indies with the team,” Sehwag told News 18.
“I didn’t say yes or no, but I said if I travel to West Indies. I would want my coaching staff, the assistant coach, bowling coach, batting coach and the fielding coach. And I want my own choice for the support staff. But I didn’t get that choice so I didn’t travel to West Indies.” he added.
“Got so much love and appreciation from fans ” says Sehwag
Sehwag, who was a highly skilled player in his prime, possessed ample experience for the position of head coach. Despite consistently proving himself, the veteran never had the chance to lead the team as a full-time captain. When asked if he had any regrets about not being able to captain the team, Sehwag made the following statement:
“Not at all, I’m happy with what I achieved. Coming from a small family of farmers from Najafgarh I got the opportunity to play for India. Got so much love and appreciation from fans and even if I would have captained Team India. And I would have gotten the same respect.”