Sehwag, who was one of the candidates interviewed to fill Kumble's vacancy, said that he only applied for the India-coach job after being asked to by BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary, the move was supported by India captain Virat Kohli, and he did it because Ravi Shastri told him he would not apply for the position.
Shastri had earlier applied for the position of the team's coach last year but the job had gone to Anil Kumble, whose tenure came to a tumultuous end after some friction with skipper Virat Kohli in June this year. "Shastri then told me that he will not repeat the mistake which he had already made once", Sehwag said. "I never thought of coaching the Indian team".
He maintained that he never thought of being the coach of Indian team, Ï never worked on those lines, I hardly had any contacts with powerful people in the Board.
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He already has 47 worldwide centuries and close to 20000 runs to his name at the highest level of the game and with the peak years of a sportsperson still ahead of him, Sehwag believes that the best is yet to come from Kohli. When I was in England during the Champions Trophy, I had asked Ravi Shastri that why he hasn't applied for the post?
Arguably the fittest cricketer of Team India, maintains a strict diet and fitness schedule to ensure he remains in his best shape.
Sehwag said he made up his mind eventually to go ahead and apply once he had consulted with his family. He has also said that he would not think of applying for the post in the near future. "I also had a word with Virat, he asked me to go for it". That is when I applied. "If you ask for my opinion, I would say that I was never interested", Sehwag told India TV".
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Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli.
However, Sehwag does make a valid point as Kohli could surpass Sachin on the statistics front considering Kohli's age and the number of matches India play on a regular basis - provided the latter continues to play the way he has been doing. "So it is a commendable achievement against Sri Lanka", he opined and then repeated his recent comment that MS Dhoni is a must for the 2019 World Cup. He is fit and performing.
The consistency with which Kohli has been scoring runs for India has seen him being compared to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, whose feat of 100 global centuries, apart from many others, felt unmatchable at one point of time. Sehwag said his association with Kings XI Punjab is on and he is preparing for the auction. I don't know what happens after that. "At this stage, I am preparing for the auction", he said.
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