After a lot of twists and turns in announcing the Indian men’s cricket team head coach, Ravi Shastri was finally the chosen one for the cricket board’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). Virender Sehwag, who was at one time perceived as the front-runner for the post, was left empty-handed. On Tuesday, during a promotional event in Mumbai, Sehwag evaded questions on the controversial selection of the head coach after being pipped by Shastri for the high-profile job.
Sehwag was among the shortlisted candidates who were interviewed by the CAC, comprising of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.
Known to speak his mind, Sehwag, when asked on Tuesday whether he was told about a separate batting and bowling coach, said, “If you ask questions on ‘Umeed India’ (the show he is promoting) then I will answer. Thanks.”
Sehwag also spoke on difficulties faced by Indian athletes to prepare for events like the Olympics and World Championships.
When asked about his struggle when compared to these athletes, the former right-handed batsman said, “My struggle was nothing in comparison to them. For me cricketing facilities were available at every corner, there are 1000s of academies in Delhi where (one) gets facilities and equipments. There is no struggle for us cricketers in front of them.”
Some of the athletes whom be interviewed for the show are wrestler Sakshi Malik and rower Dattu Bhokanal.
He also said he was touched by the struggle of Dattu, who at one time did not know swimming before finishing 13th in the Rio Olympics last year.
(With PTI inputs)