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Why Virender Sehwag will never become the coach of Indian cricket team?
After the dramatic ouster of veteran Anil Kumble as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, Mr CK Khanna – the working President of the BCCI has assured that the new coach will be appointed well before the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. He also appreciated the services of the outgoing coach Anil Kumble.

So far Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Dodda Ganesh and Richard Pybus have applied for the job. Former bowling coach of Australia, Craig McDermott had also applied but his application got rejected due to late receipt. However, the BCCI might decide to call for applications afresh. Interestingly, former team director Ravi Shastri has also jumped into the fray, thus making the situation even more interesting as Shastri could perhaps be the first choice of skipper Virat Kohli. In any case, it will be good for the future of Indian cricket if the competition gets stiffer.

As far as the appointment of any foreign coach is concerned, team management and the players would definitely prefer an Indian as their coach. Given the local weather conditions, hectic tour programmes, different ethnic backgrounds of players, their individual mindsets, different types of pitches and their limitations to perform outside the sub continent – all these factors really become crucial, hence requiring that a capable former Indian player is appointed as the Indian team's coach, who has sufficient knowledge of the above and can plan training sessions/schedules accordingly.

Out of all the applicants, if asked, Virender Sehwag would be the obvious choice of even a layman. By all parameters, especially owing to his rich experience as a batsman, his great exposure and immense knowledge of the intricacies of the game, he appears to be the most suitable candidate.

The first thing that goes in Sehwag's favour is that he had quit the game just a few years back, and so, is well acquainted with most of the players in the current Indian squad. Further, due to having played cricket just until recently, he is also very much aware of the contemporary cricketing techniques. But, more importantly, his equation with Virat kohli has been excellent.

Of late, Sehwag has become very popular in his role of a very knowledgeable and versatile cricket commentator. On a personal note, apart from the veteran all-rounder Kapil Dev, only Sehwag is the one who is able to provide minute details on each ball bowled and how it had been executed.

Sehwag carries an image of a bold observer who always puts in his view point upfront without hesitation based on the merit of any situation. He is very popular on the social media and known for imparting his blunt and factual views in a very fearless manner. He does not come under pressure and takes a firm stand on any issue. But surprisingly, he is also very accommodating at the same time as he never hesitates to agree to the opinion of his fellow commentator in case of difference of opinion. His down to earth approach and simple lifestyle has accorded a star status to this former firebrand batsman. He is bold, brave, blunt and very popular. He has a wide experience of playing in almost every corner of the world in the coveted company of legends likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. All this amply justifies his nomination as the head coach of the Indian cricket team.

But here in lies the catch. Since Sehwag has just seen the way Anil Kumble was shown the door for the simple reason that he refused to budge in front of the demands of the players seeking much more liberty, it will be foolish to even think that Sehwag wouldbe interested in the job anymore. He is one character who would never compromise with the norms of discipline required to be imposed on the team by the coach for enhancing performance. Let's not forget Sehwag is Sehwag, after all.

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