I Was Definitely Troubled By The Way Anil Kumble Was Made To Exit: Virender Sehwag
After losing out in the race to become Team India’s head coach, Virender Sehwag has revealed he was troubled by Anil Kumble’s departure from the role.
Kumble, who took the position in June 2016, has had a very successful spell with the team across formats. During his period, India reached the pinnacle of the ICC Test rankings, after winning series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Australia and Bangladesh. He also guided the team to the limited-overs series win over New Zealand and England in addition to the runner-up finish in the just-concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
However, his association with the team came to an end disappointingly as he parted ways after being told of captain Virat Kohli’s reservations overs his style of functioning.
“I was definitely troubled by the way Anil Kumble was made to exit,” Sehwag told India TV. “If both of them stayed together and they could get along again it would be good. But probably the circumstances were not that he [Kumble] could stay.”
“And the biggest thing was Anil Kumble resigned himself. Possibly it was not a good time for Anil Kumble and hence he had to go. Otherwise, there was no better and capable coach than him,” he added.
Sehwag, who was pipped by Ravi Shastri for the coach’s post, further said that he applied for the job after being persuaded by Amitabh Choudhary and was also convinced by Virat Kohli.
“I did not think [about applying for the job]. BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Dr. Sridhar approached me and they requested me. I took my time. I also spoke with Virat Kohli and he also said he was in favour. That is when I applied. If you asked me if I had interest in coaching, I did not have any,” the swashbuckling opener said.
The legendary batsman said he would never think of taking up the coach’s role in the future.
“My fear always was I had played cricket for 15 years, stayed away from the family, so if I enter coaching I would again become busy for seven to eight months traveling with the Indian team. Hence I never thought about coaching and will not think [of it] anymore in the future,” he said.
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