Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has revealed his thoughts about Ravi Shastri being reappointed as the head coach of the Indian cricket team and has established that he would have preferred former Indian spinner, Anil Kumble, to have taken over the reins from Ravi Shastri.
In an interview, Virender Sehwag threw his weight behind Anil Kumble to become the selector of the Indian cricket team, citing that the spinner had enormous experience in the game and had worked with many talents before. Sehwag said that the Kapil Dev committee had done its job by interviewing different candidates and had appointed the coach accordingly.
"Ravi Shastri is the right choice for Team India Coach as under him India has done very well but Anil Kumble would have also done well as a coach or a chief selector", he said.
Talking about the skipper having the right to voice his opinion about the coach, Sehwag said that the captain has every right to chose his preference for the coach as it is his team and that the Indian team is doing very well under Virat Kohli and he is leading them from the front.
"BCCI decides the selectors. They come from all the zones. 3-4 names are nominated from every zone and the final pick is made from that. Then the committee sits to decide who will become the selector", he said.
A video of Virender Sehwag addressing an audience has emerged where the fiery opener can be seen talking to the crowd about his opinion on the coach selection and the selectors' role in picking players for the national team. Sehwag revealed that while he never had the intentions to become coach, he applied for the position heeding to the suggestions of a BCCI official.
"I never wanted to become the coach of the team. One of the Board Secretary told me to apply for the position and so I did", he said.
Virender Sehwag said that there were a lot of restrictions that a cricketer faced once he became the selector. The former Indian opener said that he was continuing to advise selectors about whom to pick for the national side, but said that it was upto the selectors to heed to his words.
"There are a lot of restrictions if you become a selector. You cannot write analytical articles, you cannot do expert analysis on news channels and you cannot do commentatory", he said.
Virender Sehwag came out in support of the members of the Indian cricket team and said that the players have never refused to give a test. He said that the controversy centered around the whereabouts clause, 'the bone of contention as he called it'. He raised concerns about players being asked to disclose their privacy as he spoke about the topic.
"The Indian team has never refused to give the Dope tests. The bone of contention is the whereabouts clause. How can you disclose your privacy?", he asked.