Sehwag also pointed fingers at Virat Kohli’s stance in the entire affair.
Former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag has amusingly taken a dig at country’s cricket board (BCCI) by saying that he was not chosen for the lucrative coaching job because he ‘did not have any setting’.
The batting great also pointed out current Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s involvement in the entire saga and revealed that it was BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and GM MV Sridhar, who had insisted him to apply for the high-profile role.
“Look I couldn’t become the India coach because I didn’t have any setting with those who were in power of appointing the coach,” Sehwag quoted according toIndia TV.
“I never thought of coaching the Indian cricket 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,” he further explained.
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It is pertinent to mention that Kohli’s strong backup was deemed as the prime reason why Shastri was appointed as the chief coach after Anil Kumble’s resignation.
Viru further asserted that he would like to change his name to “God” Sachin Tendulkar to have a greater influence.
“I would want to change my name to Sachin Tendulkar if I could do it. He has tons of records, I am not even close to him. He is called as the “God” and who would not want to be a God in this mortal world,” the 38-year-old humorously uttered.
Sehwag, who has played 104 Tests for India also said that the current heartthrob of country’s cricket Virat Kohli has at least a decade of cricket left in him and he may even surpass Tendulkar when it comes to breaking and setting new records.
“We never thought that there would be another Sachin Tendulkar. But Virat Kohli has changed this mindset. I think Virat can surpass Tendulkar’s records,” Viru opined.
Indian captain is having a dream run in international cricket of late as he recently equalled Australian batting legend Ricky Ponting’s tally of 30 ODI hundreds. Thanks to his ton in the final ODI against Sri Lanka at Colombo, India whitewashed the hosts 5-0 in the one-day international series.
“Virat is just 28-year-old and he will play at least for 10 more years and I think he will create some mega records and can surpass Tendulkar,” Viru concluded.