“Former Indian Opening Batsman Virender Sehwag Reveals Why He Turned Down Team India’s Head Coach Offer

Virender Sehwag, the illustrious former Indian opening batsman, has disclosed the intriguing circumstances that surrounded an offer he received during Anil Kumble’s tenure as the head coach of Team India. In an exclusive interview with News18, Sehwag provided insights into his rationale for declining the coaching role and the factors that contributed to his decision.

During Anil Kumble’s time as coach, a visible strain between then-captain Virat Kohli and Kumble came to the forefront. This tumultuous relationship ultimately resulted in Kumble’s departure, with Ravi Shastri stepping in as the new head coach. Notably, Virender Sehwag was approached regarding the coaching position towards the latter part of Kumble’s tenure.

Sehwag shared, “Had it not been for Virat Kohli and BCCI Secretary Amitabh Choudhary approaching me, I wouldn’t have contemplated taking up the offer.” He recounted a pivotal meeting with Choudhary, during which the situation was presented to him. Choudhary explained that due to the strained association between Kohli and Kumble, a change was being sought. Sehwag was informed that Kumble’s contract would conclude after the 2017 Champions Trophy, potentially allowing Sehwag to assume the coaching role during the West Indies tour.

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Sehwag underlined a crucial aspect that factored into his decision to decline the offer—his desire for autonomy in selecting his own support staff.

He elaborated, “While I didn’t provide a definitive response, I did convey that if I were to take up the role for the West Indies tour, I would expect the freedom to handpick my coaching staff, which includes the assistant coach, bowling coach, batting coach, and fielding coach. As this autonomy wasn’t guaranteed, I chose not to proceed with the West Indies opportunity.”

Sehwag’s revelations offer a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes dynamics that played a role in shaping critical decisions during a significant phase for Indian cricket.”