It seems controversies have become a part and parcel Virender Sehwag’s life. The former Indian opener and the only Indian player to hit two triple centuries said in an interview with India Today that he did not become the coach of the Indian team because he didn’t have contacts at the right places. The Nawab of Najafgarh added that he would have never applied for the position if not requested to do so in the first place. "I never thought of coaching the Indian cricket team. I was given the offer... BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhury and MV Sridhar came to me and requested me to think on the offer. I took my time and then applied for the position," said Sehwag.
Diplomacy has never been the cricketer’s forte and this has been noted on several occasions. Earlier Sehwag himself had told the media that how he took Shoaib Akhtar’s case who tried to mess with him or how he does not consider spinners as bowlers. “I don’t consider a spinner as a bowler. I never did.” This was Sehwag’s response to author Vikram Sathaye on how he was the only Indian batsman who dominated Sri Lanka’s wily spinner Mendis during the Sri Lankan tour.
There have been instances where he has gone overboard and openly mocked his own captain. When asked about his opinion on former captain cool MS Dhoni, Sehwag said that it is to be kept in mind that Dhoni’s captaincy alone didn’t win India the World cup. Although, that might be an obvious statement, as a sports person one does not say it loud to prevent controversies. “I don’t know what others feel. But, by the time Dhoni took over, India already had a very strong team. So his captaincy alone didn’t win the World Cup for India. We had a very strong team already so we won the World Cups — T20 and World Cup. If you have a good team, you win. It’s simple.”
NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 28: Cricketer Virender Sehwag during a practice session of the Delhi Daredevils in New Delhi on Sunday, March 28, 2010. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images)To add to all this, the former Indian opener’s approach to life is as harsh as his batting. He is at times overconfident and it has hurt him both on and off the field. An itinerant Indian cricket writer once had asked Sehwag’s opinion about the wicket during India’s tour to England. Sehwag has a straightforward response. He had said that the wicket does not matter. Sehwag had replied, “Kya farak padta hai?” Another time Sehwag’s reply to technique was “I don’t believe in technique; I believe in performance. If you are tough, whether you have a technique or not, you’ll survive.”
All of this might sound cool and people might just get carried away considering them bold moves. But if you sit back and think for a moment, what type of a coach does team India need? What does it actually takes to be the coach of the most skilled players in the world? Surely, cricket is not what has to be taught to the boys in blue.India has been through controversies and has faced allegations when it comes to cricket. From International cricket to the Indian Premier League, Indian cricket has seen its bad days. Finally, India has emerged as a nation which dominates Indian cricket. At such a point, does India really need a flamboyant Sehwag with anger management issues, one who does not know what to say and when to say, to coach the National team?The team needs somebody who understands the game in and out and keeps himself above these petty controversies. Clearly, Ravi Shastri is doing a great job at it.