Virender Sehwag has revealed that he only applied for the post of head coach of the Indian cricket team because the BCCI requested him to do so during the ICC Champions Trophy in England.
Sehwag, speaking to India TV, said that he would not have even applied for the position had current head coach of the team Ravi Shastri applied when the post was advertised for the first time in May, earlier this year. Anil Kumble, who occupied the position previously, had quit after India’s ICC Champions Trophy campaign, citing an untenable relationship with captain Virat Kohli. The deadline for applicants was extended, and it was only then that Ravi Shastri applied for the post.
Sehwag said, “I thought since they (BCCI) are requesting me, I should help them. I never thought of applying on my own nor I will ever apply in future. When I was in England during the Champions Trophy, I had asked Ravi Shastri that why he hasn’t applied for the post? Shastri then told me that he will not repeat the mistake which he had already made once. If Ravi Shastri had applied earlier, then I don’t think there would have been any chance of me applying for the post. I would have never applied.”
Sehwag also revealed that he had applied for the post only after speaking to captain Virat Kohli, and in his typical style, added that he did not have any “setting” with the committee which included Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. “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 did not have any “setting” with those in power of appointing the coach).”
The five candidates who spoke to the three-member selection committee were Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody and Lalchand Rajput. Phil Simmons was the only candidate who did not speak with the committee.
Virender Sehwag was the mentor for Kings XI Punjab in the 2017 IPL season, where the team could not qualify for the playoffs.