Sehwag also said that he was not interested in applying afresh for the job in the future and pointed fingers at Indian skipper Virat Kohli's strong backing for the appointment of Ravi Shastri as the head coach as a possible reason for him not landing the coveted role.
Immediately after the Champions Trophy, Kumble opted to step down a year after he was appointed coach by the BCCI. "How can one leave him out?", he said.
The coaching job had ultimately fallen to Ravi Shastri. "I would have never applied", he said.
Both Tendulkar and Kohli are incredible players whose achievements are monumental but it will be a huge injustice to either of them to compare those feats. "But probably the circumstances were not that he [Kumble] could stay". However, Kumble's resignation turned things around.
It can be remembered that a special committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman picked the coach. Sehwag also spoke with Kohli, who supported the move he said.
Sehwag said that he had been coerced into applying for the job by the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and GM (Game Development) M.V. Sridhar. "I took my time and then applied for the position", Sehwag was reported as saying during a talk show on IndiaTV, as reported by PTI.
Virat Kohli's discipline and work ethics are unparalleled as far as his fitness is concerned. "If you asked me if I had interest in coaching, I did not have any".
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.
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. Shastri had said then that he was "very disappointed" at missing out on the job.
"Sehwag was encouraged to apply for the post". Shastri told me that he will not repeat the mistake which he had made once. I am happy with the decision taken by the CAC. If he were aware that Shastri was applying, would he have gone ahead and applied too? "If Ravi had applied earlier, I don't think there would have been any chance of me applying for the post".
"I was definitely troubled by the way Anil Kumble was made to exit", Sehwag said. According to Sehwag his presentation was about "eight-ten" pages long.
It is undoubtedly clear that former Ace cricketer Virender Sehwag took on to his second innings on Twitter. "I only said captain and coach should be each other's friends". "The way he is playing, I look at him as a certainty for the 2019 World Cup".