Virender Sehwag said that he would not think of applying for Team India head coach post in the near future © IANS
Virender Sehwag said that he would not think of applying for Team India head coach post in the near future © IANS

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag on Friday said that the reason he was not the current Indian coach was because of lack of patronage from the powers which currently rule the BCCI. He has also said that he would not think of applying for the post in the near future. Ravi Shastri was chosen ahead of Sehwag for the Team India coach’s post, after a decision was made by Committee of Administrators (CoA) after consulting skipper Virat Kohli. He also added that he was misled by the BCCI to apply for the post. Surprisingly, the CoA consisted of Sehwag’s former teammates: Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. It was earlier reported that Ganguly wasn’t in favour of Shastri. ALSO READ:Virender Sehwag: India yet to find suitable replacement for MS Dhoni

Dekhiye main coach isliyenahi ban paayakyonkijobhi coach chunrahe the unsemera koi setting nahintha. [Look I couldn't become the India coach because I didn’t have any setting (common slang for hobnobbing with decision-makers) with those who were in power of appointing the coach]. 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,” Sehwag was reported as saying during a talk show on IndiaTV, as reported by PTI. Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle to participate in T10 Cricket League in UAE

“I also had a word with ViratKohli, 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. I thought since they are requesting me, I should help them. I never thought of applying on my own nor will I ever apply in future,” he added. Virender Sehwag’s show launches crowdfunding initiative to empower athletes

Sehwag said that Shastri had told him that he would not be applying for the Team India head coach’s position. He also added that had he known he was applying for the post, he would havenot given his name. “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 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,” he said.

By making such a statement, is Sehwag implying that ‘setting’ is required to climb ladders in Indian cricket? We do not know that as of now but Indian cricket and controversies never seem to die down.