Famous for his witty 140-character remarks on Twitter, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, in a similar fashion, sent a two-line application to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the high-profile job of coach of the Indian cricket team.
According to a report in The Indian Express, Sehwag, in his two-line application, wrote, “mentor and a coach of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League and has played with all these (Indian) boys before”.
The report cited a BCCI source saying 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.
“Sehwag being Sehwag has sent his application in two lines. There was no CV attached to it. We had to ask him to send his CV too along with his application. After all it will be the first time he is set to appear for the interview,” said the source.
While Anil Kumble has done remarkably well as the Indian cricket team head coach in his one-year tenure, his contract is coming to an end following the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in England.
Although Kumble's record indicates that he deserves an extension, BCCI has invited applications for the post of head coach.
Meanwhile, reports of his alleged rift with skipper Virat Kohli, which the Indian captain vehemently denied, might be an indication of Kumble not getting another term as Indian coach despite being given a direct entry in the application process.
Besides Kumble and Sehwag, former Australian fast bowler and Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus, former India cricketers Dodda Ganesh and domestic veteran Lalchand Rajput have also applied for the job.
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.