Everyone likes to be on high-profile posts. And, what better high-profile post than the head coach of Team India. There is competition when applications are called for this. But, Sunil Gavaskar, the former captain and great batsman of India, loves cricket, commentary, but neither becoming the coach of Team India. They consider themselves better off than this. After all, what is the reason that the post was handled by Kapil Dev, Bishan Singh Bedi, Sandeep Patil and currently, Ravi Shastri is handling it. Sunil Gavaskar does not like sitting on it.
It is not that Indian cricket has not looked towards Sunil Gavaskar as the head coach of Team India. In 2004, he was very close to becoming the coach of the Indian team, when he was sent on the tour of Australia as the team’s advisor. But, even then he kept the coach’s chair away from himself. Well, now he has revealed it. He has given the reason behind this on a YouTube channel The Analyst.
Have to watch every ball, I won’t – Sunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar said, “I am not one of those who watch every ball of cricket. I didn’t do this even when I used to play. I rarely used to watch matches after getting out. Going to the change room, he either read something or used to reply to the letter and do some other work like this. But, if you want to be a coach or a selector, you have to watch every ball of the match. That’s why I never wanted to be a coach.”
I will give advice, but not a full time coach
However, this does not mean that he never guides or gives any advice to Indian cricketers. He himself told that when Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman used to play, they used to come to talk to him. He said that whenever anyone is in need, he can come to me for advice without any hesitation. But I will not get the full time job of coaching.