Never thought of coaching the Indian cricket team: Sehwag

A file image of Hardik Pandya and Virat

A file image of Hardik Pandya and Virat

It was only then that I applied. "I would have never applied", he said. Possibly it was not a good time for Anil Kumble and hence he had to go. Sehwag said he was asked what kind of relationship should a captain and coach share.

Sehwag also stated that had he known that Shastri was applying for the position, he never would have given his name in for the job in the first place. "Otherwise there was no better and capable coach than him".

Sehwag clarified that after playing global cricket for 15 years and having spent a considerable time away from family, he wasn't intending to apply for the role before being coaxed into doing so by BCCI officials. Sehwag also spoke with Kohli, who supported the move he said.

It can be remembered that a special committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman picked the coach.

Gavaskar also came out in support of former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie, who has advised the visiting Australian team against sledging Indian skipper Virat Kohli. "If Ravi had applied earlier, then I don't think there would have been any chance of me applying for the post".

"I've got nothing to say. I took my time and then applied for the position,". "When I was in England during Champions Trophy, I asked Ravi Shastri why he hasn't applied for the post".

Sehwag's mentor, however, is not willing to give full credit to Shastri for Team India's recent success in Sri Lanka, saying that had Sehwag been the coach, results would have been no different. The 38-year-old also added that Kumble would had been the most "capable coach" for the Indian team. He explained: "The BCCI (acting) secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and GM (Game Development) MV Sridhar came to me and requested me to think about the offer to become coach of the (Indian cricket) team".

I don't think it is something that we should be giving a lot of thought to and when we talk about Indian players, I think when it comes to Pakistan Super League, have you seen any Indians around in the Pakistan Super League while Pakistanis, particularly commentators have been part of the Indian Premier League. India too would like to make amends after their defeat in the last bilateral series against the visitors during their tour to down under. "He told me I have made the mistake once. If a captain finds himself in a hard position unable to take a decision or takes a bad decision, me, as a coach, I should make him understand like an elder brother that this decision is not in the interest of the team".

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