The Indian cricket board’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is set to go through the list of applicants to find the new head coach of Indian men’s cricket team before they travel tour of West Indies.
Former Indian captain Ajit Wadekar feels fit to Virender Sehwag for the head coach of Indian men’s cricket team. Wadekar said in an interview to NDTV “If not Anil Kumble, then Virender Sehwag is the best option India can have. He has an attacking style approach towards the game and it will be good for India.”
Indian legendary leg-spinner Kumble stepped down as head coach of Indian men’s cricket team on Tuesday. After Kumble’s stepping down as head coach, The Board of Control for Cricket in India had announced for application to fill-up the post before the ICC Champions Trophy.
Before Kumble was a direct entry into the coach selection while the others who applied for the head coach post included Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput and Richard Pybus.
Wadekar added, “I will still prefer Anil for this job. Let’s have a look at India’s performances in the past one year. The statistics itself give the answer. India’s domination in the past one year is commendable in Kumble’s reign. So, we must respect that. But, if you ask me as a Kumble’s successor, it should be Sehwag.”
Talking about leading India as coach between 1992 and 1996, Wadekar said, “When I was the coach of the Indian team, Anil Kumble was there. He was one of the nicest persons in the team. He was well educated, sincere and mad about his game. The only thing he focussed on – victory. I am amazed after his resignation.”
“I have seen Kumble sweating it out on a particular delivery during the net sessions. He wanted perfection in everything. Jumbo is a real gem. I really don’t understand why a captain like Virat Kohli has gone to such extent. Kumble is the best man to handle Team India right now.”
The 76-year-old former captain-coached said “Greatness and modesty should go along. And, in Virat’s case, it is almost opposite. He should be feeling blessed to have Anil as a coach. If you are disciplined that doesn’t mean that you are not a good coach. I am sure Virat will realise soon what mistake he has made.”
Wadekar asked on Kohli saying that “I want to ask Kohli, how could he change his opinion in just one year? India were performing and giving positive results. Then why did he do this? It’s a complete sign of immaturity.”
“He has been leading the Indian side for a while now, such behaviour wasn’t expected from him. If you talk about India team, they should consider themselves losers. They have lost a gem like Kumble.”