Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has applied for the job of Indian cricket team’s coach, reported ANI citing BCCI sources. As per the agency, six players have applied for the hot job so far which includes the current Indian team coach Anil Kumble who was a direct entry. A few days back Indian Express had reported that Virender Sehwag was asked to apply for the job by a BCCI official during the recently concluded season of the Indian Premier League. Even though he doesn’t have any prior experience of coaching, Sehwag has served as the mentor of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.
Among other contenders are former Indian players Lalchand Rajput and Doda Ganesh along with England’s Richard Pybus who has previously served as the coach of Pakistan and Bangladesh national team. Lalchand Rajput who is currently the coach of Afghanistan national team was the manager of the winning Indian cricket team for the Twenty20 World Championship 2007 held in South Africa and later served as the Mumbai Indians coach in the maiden edition of IPL.
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However, former Australian fast bowler Tom Moody is going to be the biggest challenge for Sehwag. Moody, who did reasonably well during his time with the Sri Lankan national team, is well aware of Indian players and conditions thanks to his glorious time with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He guided the SRH side to their maiden title last year and took them to the playoffs this year as well.
Earlier in the day, BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary denied reports of a rift between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli. “It’s a very simple issue. The appointment which was made last year was after a process has been gone through. And at the end of that process, an appointment was made for a period. That period is coming to an end. So, the BCCI is just following a process. If you don’t follow a process, it’s not supposed to be good. And if you follow a process, it is supposed to be good,” he said.