Indian opener played the wrong shot even after the coach refused
The coach hit the opener as soon as he entered the dressing room
New Delhi. Virender Sehwag, the explosive opener of the Indian cricket team, followed his mind throughout his career. Captain Sourav Ganguly or his idol Sachin Tendulkar did not listen to anyone while batting on the field. Whenever he wanted to play the shot, he used to take it. During one such match, on his return after playing a bad shot, the coach pushed him and misbehaved, so he was adamant on returning home.
Virender Sehwag narrated an incident with the coach during a show, “We had a match with Sri Lanka, maybe we were chasing a target of 200 runs. Earlier in the matches, I lost wickets by playing some bad shots. The coach (Greg Chappell) told me this time if you play a bad shot and give a wicket, I will hit you. He said, see if you can survive for 40 overs, you will score 200 runs. I told you coach. Went out to bat and out of habit forced a bad shot, lost the wicket and returned to the dressing room.”
“As soon as I stepped into the dressing room, the coach grabbed me right and pushed me hard. I fell straight on the ground, I got very angry and lay down there. I didn’t even take off my pad and shouted and called the manager. Rajeev Shukla was the manager of our team at that time. When he came, I told him that I have come here to play for the Indian team, I have not come to get myself insulted like this. I will not play further, I will go home.
“Rajeev Shukla ji went and explained to the coach that you cannot behave like this with the players. You also know what will happen if Sehwag returns home. People will not allow you to enter India. Will be banned and people can even kill you.
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Tags: Greg Chappell, Virendra Sehwag
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 14, 2023