For all those that don’t know, Virender Sehwag was in the running to become the head coach of team India.
Sehwag, who initially refused to apply for the role, believed that his experience as the coach for Kings XI Punjab would be sufficient enough to bag the job.
In fact, many people claim that Viru was extremely confident of getting the job before Ravi Shastri finally got the nod.
The CAC was apparently not happy with Sehwag’s wish to have his own back room staff. Viru wanted to bring in a whole host of people, including Mithun Manhas as the assistant coach.
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This is what a source told,
“After his stint as mentor of Kings XI Punjab, Viru was growing more confident by the day that he had the potential required to work at a higher level in a similar capacity.
It was then that a senior BCCI official asked him to apply (for the role of India coach) if he could make up his mind.”
Apparently Kohli was not too pleased about it either. While Kohli would have liked to have Viru as the coach, he was not happy with the former opener’s demand to have an entirely new backroom staff.
Sehwag eventually did not get the job as Ravi Shastri, who was not even in the running earlier, was appointed the head coach. Shastri had applied for the post after the BCCI had controversially re-opened the application process.
Sehwag is still clearly quite bitter about the episode as he revealed that he ‘did not have any setting’ inside the BCCI which might have eventually cost him the job.
“See, I didn’t have any setting,” Sehwag told India Today. “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.”
“I never thought of coaching the Indian cricket team. I was given the offer… BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhury and MV Sridhar came to me and requested me to think on the offer. I took my time and then applied for the position,” Sehwag added.