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.
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.”
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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.
This is what Kohli had apparently told Viru over texts,
“Paaji, I have a lot of respect for you for what you can bring to the table but you have to understand that there is a professional set-up in place, therefore this cannot happen.”
“The rest is up to the CAC. There is a support staff in place and has worked with this team for a while now. In fact there are individuals who understand the needs of team members on an individual basis.”.