Sehwag revealed why he did not take the head coach role after Kumble stepped down

By Real11 - Mar 21 2023 320 Views


Sehwag revealed why he didn’t take the head coach’s position after Kumble stepped down

Considered of the most prominent openers in World Cricket history, Virender Sehwag won millions of hearts because of his dominating batting style and his mastery of hitting incredible boundaries. The ODI World Championship winner, Sehwag smacked multiple records during his lustrous career, including the highest score made by an Indian cricketer in Test Cricket. At that time, he smashed 319 runs versus South Africa in Chennai. It was also the fastest triple-century in the history of international cricket. Sehwag reached the 300-run mark off just 278 balls. This man also reached the fastest 250 against Sri Lanka in 2009 and achieved the wonderful benchmark in just 207 balls while playing in Mumbai. 

It would be really surprising for fans if we say that Sehwag was also approached to take over the lead role as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, but later it went to Ravi Shastri.

While talking to a news channel, Sehwag was asked whether he has any remorse about not taking the opportunity. He said, “Not at all, I’m happy with what I achieved. Coming from a small family of farmers from Najafgarh I got the opportunity to play for India. I got so much love and appreciation from fans. Even if I had captained Team India, I would have gotten the same respect.”

The ex-Indian opener also disclosed his discussion with India’s apex council for cricket for the head coach role.  "I wouldn’t have applied if Virat Kohli and then Indian Cricket Council’s secretary Amitabh Choudhary hadn’t approached me. We had a meeting, and he (Choudhary) told me that things weren’t working out between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble we want you to take the coaching position. He told me that Kumble’s contract will expire after the Champions Cup in 2017 and then you can travel to West Indies with the team", he stated.

Later then, Kumble was appointed as the head coach of the Indian Cricket Team in June 2016 and his term longed for less than a year. He ended his tenure just after the Champions Cup 2017 when India lost against Pakistan in the final and Kumble stepped down as the leader of the coaching side.

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