Virender Sehwag never fails to entertain. The former swashbuckling opener was in Chennai to unveil the logo, team anthem and jersey of the Madurai Super Giants, ahead of the Tamil Nadu Premier League and he was  in his element when replying to the journalists. The former cricketer spoke on various topics ranging from his chances of becoming India’s batting coach, Anil Kumble and much more.

Excerpts:

On whether he would like to become India’s batting coach:

No. I don’t have time. I don’t think the Indian team needs a batting coach. They have good batsmen. A coach should be a friend and not a coach. You need someone who can motivate. I think Anil Kumble is the perfect man to coach India. He is the most positive person I have ever met. He never gives up and this team can learn a lot from him.

On the biggest challenge that Virat Kohli and his young team will face:

The challenge is facing England, South Africa, and Australia when they travel to India. How they cope under pressure will be the key. At the moment, England are playing very good cricket and the upcoming England tour of India will be a huge task. India did well to beat South Africa 3-0. I hope they beat England.

On the competition between the three-Test openers :

I feel you need competition in your playing eleven.The best performer will play and the captain and coach will choose who the best performer is.

On the poor crowd turnout in India- West Indies series:

I don’t think so. I think it’s only the game that would bring people to the ground. In India, the population is huge when compared to the West Indies. And Tests in the Caribbean aren’t as famous as it was during the 1970s and 1980s. Those days they had stars playing and now they don’t have their big guns playing Tests.

On which of his two  triple tons is closer to his heart and whether any Indian will be able to emulate it in the future:

Yes, there are many players who can do it. All you need is one and a half days! I don’t recollect that innings against SA but the Multan feat always remains my favourite one.

On whether he will play domestic cricket again:

No. I’m retired from BCCI. Maybe I will face Shoaib if I play Masters Champions League.

On whether he missed posting funny comments on Twitter during his playing days:

I had signed a contract with BCCI. I would have been banned as we were not allowed to do.

What did you tell to Axar Patel (when you mentored Kings XI Punjab), after he got hit by MS Dhoni for 23 runs, in the match between KXIP and Rising Pune Supergiants during the IPL this year?

I just told him that he is not the only bowler to be hit by Dhoni. There are international bowlers who have been punished by Dhoni and Axar was one of the victims. They have to learn to move on. If a batsman gets out on zero, doesn’t mean he will get out again on the same score. Same logic applies for the bowler as well. That is the beauty of the sport.

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