Virender Sehwag indicates Virat Kohli wanted him to become India coach
"I had fulfilled all the documentations. The news about the one line resume was made up by the media," he added.
Updated - Nov 14, 2017 10:58 pm
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag is very vocal about his opinions. Earlier this year, he was in line to be the head coach of the Indian team after the unceremonious and abrupt exit of Anil Kumble from the position. The CAC that comprised of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and VVS Laxman, eventually zeroed in on Ravi Shastri to be the Indian coach.
Reflecting back on the same, Virender Sehwag recently quoted that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli wanted him to be the coach. As per the quotes in Navbharat Times, Sehwag mentioned that he had the firm backing of Kohli. He also rubbished the news that had surfaced the media regarding him sending a one line resume for the job.
“When it comes to the selection of the coach, the role of the captain is only to give a suggestion. Virat Kohli wanted me to become the coach of the Indian team. When Kohli had contacted me, I had obliged for the same but did not become the coach. So, one cannot really say that the captain has a major say in all issues,” remarked Virender Sehwag.
“I had fulfilled all the documentations. The news about the one line resume was made up by the media,” he added.
On Indo-Pak ties
Virender Sehwag was then asked about his opinions on the Indo-Pak ties. The two nations have not been playing against each other due to the political tensions. Sehwag mentioned that the government has to take a call on that. He, however, would prefer to see the two teams playing.
“This has to be decided by the government. In my personal opinion, India and Pakistan should play against each other,” said Sehwag.
When asked to pick the bowler he found the toughest to face, Sehwag was quick in picking up Muttiah Muralitharan. He mentioned that playing against Murali was a different ball game altogeter. He picked Sachin Tendulkar and Adam Gilchrist as his favorite openers in the game.
“I never thought much before playing any bowler. But Muralitharan was difficult to pick. I had to make different strategy agains him. When it comes to opening the batting, I always enjoyed batting with Sachin Tendulkar. Adam Gilchrist comes in next in the number,” conceded the former Indian cricketer.
When asked if the fans would get to see his biopic, Virender Sehwag noted that he is not very keen on it and had not been contacted regarding the same either. However, he feels there are other sports persons like Sushil Kumar, who deserve to have a biopic to inspire the people.
“So many players are coming up with their biopics. If I get a good writer, maybe I will have one too. As far as the biopic is concerned, I have not been contacted by anyone, neither am I thinking about it. However, I feel there are other sports persons, other than the cricketers, who deserve to have a biopic. In my opinion, wrestler Sushil Kumar is one of them. I have seen his struggle very closely,” concluded Sehwag.