Former India batsman and explosive opener Virender Sehwag is among the marquee names to have applied for the coach’s job to head the Indian cricket team. Other names in the picture to have also applied for the position are Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Doda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput. Current team coach, Anil Kumble, is an automatic entry into the process.
BCCI had invited interested candidates to apply for the position of ‘Head Coach’ for the Senior India Men’s Cricket Team with a deadline of May 31.
The cricket board are looking to fill in for Kumble amid rumours of rift within the team [read details here]. His one-year contract with the team, despite seeing a winning Test run, was recently embroiled in hush-hush debate over style of functioning that was objectionable for India captain Virat Kohli. Kumble, former India leg-spinner, contract comes to end after the Champions Trophy where India take on Pakistan on June 4 in their opening game followed by South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Sehwag’s application for the job makes things interesting considering he doesn’t have any coaching experience barring the mentorship role with IPL side Kings XI Punjab. Raiput has been an India A coach. Moody is the current coach for IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad and Sri Lanka. Pybus has coached Pakistan twice in his career.