NewDelhi, June 6: Virender Sehwag made his name in international cricket as a fearless and explosive batsman who paid little heed to cricketing protocol. Apart from his few marathon innings in Tests and One Day Internationals, his career was characterised with small yet effective cameos that left bowling attacks for dead.
He is lovingly called the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ by his fans, said goodbye to cricket a couple of years ago. But his second innings on Twitter has been no less so far.After retirement, his approach has hardly changed. Despite resting his bat, Sehwag continues to charm his fans with his frequent one-liners on Twitter that often deal with issues few celebrated people would like to weight in on. This approach on social media has served him well as he remains a regular feature in the headlines.
His fondness for the brevity of the medium seems to have hit a different level now.
According to a report in The Indian Express,Virender Sehwag had sent a two-line application to the BCCI for the Indian Cricket Team coach’s job.The application said that he is a “mentor and a coach of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League and has played with all these (Indian) boys before.”
A BCCI source told the newspaper that the board has asked Sehwag to send his full resume along with his application, excusing the former Indian opener of the earlier blunder considering this was his first application to any post of this level.
Besides Kumble and Sehwag, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus, Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh have applied for the job, while the application of Australian pacer Craig McDermott will not be considered as it came after the deadline.
Sehwag, who was part of the commentary panel in England for the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy, has returned to India and will be interviewed by the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of Sehwag’s former teammates — Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman — through Skype.
It will be interesting to see how Sehwag will react to the situation, and also how much his two-line application for the post of India’s coaching job affects his chances to succeed Kumble.