Kumble’s Successor Will Find It Hard To Fill In His Shoes: Virender Sehwag
With Anil Kumble Kumble stepping down as the Head Coach of Indian cricket team just a few days ahead of the limited overs series against West Indies, there were assumptions that Virender Sehwag might not come out in public and comment on the matter as he himself is one of the aspirants for the job and undoubtedly, one of the strongest one well. Speaking about Kumble in media can jeopardise his hopes but known for his fearless nature, Sehwag came out in public and heaped praises in on Kumble just a day after Kumble left the job,
“I have never played under Kumble – the coach. However, he has been my senior, my captain. In fact, my comeback in international cricket was under him. The Indian team’s performance under him has been phenomenal. Whoever comes in as his successor will find it hard to fill in his shoes. His achievements as a coach will be hard to replicate. I can’t comment on his coaching style but as a senior, as a player, there is no one better than him,” Sehwag told UC News.
Further talking about a difference between Indian and a foreign coach, Sehwag said that though there is not much difference between two, communication is not a barrier in case of Indian coach,
“There is not much difference between an Indian coach and a foreign coach. I think an Indian coach can communicate in a better way. Sometimes, it often happens that a person is more comfortable in expressing his opinion in Hindi and not in English. That way you gain the confidence of the players. With Indian coaches, you can also joke around.”
Meanwhile, reportedly, BCCI has again invited applications for the post of coach because earlier the board received only six applications due to presence of Anil Kumble at the helm but with the former Indian skipper resigning from the post, one can see a large turn out just like last year where the candidate list of 80 was trimmed to 57, from which Anil Kumble came out as the winner in the end.
Looking at the present scenario, Sehwag is the strongest contender for the job due to the fact that he was asked by none other than Indian skipper Virat Kohli to apply for the post. With the dominance and stature of Kohli increasing in Indian team day by day, it will be interesting to see whether BCCI can bargain with him for a name or not.
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