When he Applied for coach post after Shastri said he won’t: Sehwag

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Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has revealed he applied for the post of India coach after Ravi Shastri told him he would not apply. Sehwag added he had not intended to apply but did so after being convinced by BCCI officials and discussions with Virat Kohli. Shastri had told Sehwag he would not repeat the “mistake” he had made earlier.

Former India opener Virender Sehwag has revealed that he was not keen on applying for the post of Indian cricket team head coach, but threw his hat upon requests from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members.

The 38-year-old also added that he went ahead with his candidature after consulting with Indian captain Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, who had told Sehwag that he would not be in the fray.

Sehwag’s application for the post of head coach in place of Anil Kumble, who resigned after a widely-reported rift with skipper Kohli, came as a surprise to many. It emerged that the swashbuckling opener was requested by BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhury to consider applying for the high-profile job.

The Nawab of Najafgarh was considered the frontrunner initially as Shastri joined the race only after the BCCI extended the deadline for sending applications. The former India captain, who had also worked with Kohli as the Team Director, eventually pipped the likes of Sehwag, Tom Moody and Lalchand Rajput to join the Indian dressing room once again.

“I thought since they [BCCI top-brass] are requesting me, I should help them. I never thought of applying on my own nor I will ever apply in future. 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,” Sehwag told India TV.

 

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