Former Indian cricketer, Virender Sehwag has expressed interest in using his extensive experience to mentor young cricketers in Indian Premier League (IPL). Speaking in an interview, the 37-year old former opening batsman who retired from the international game recently said that he would like to be involved either as a mentor or a coach in the IPL or become a cricket commentator.
In a statement, Sehwag said, “I would love to be a coach, mentor or a batting consultant. I would love to commentate in Hindi as most people who watch the game are more comfortable with Hindi in India rather than English. If any IPL team wants me to be a mentor or a batting consultant, I would love to do that. I can share my knowledge with the youngsters.”
Sehwag believes that the IPL has played a key role in boosting the chances of young cricketers in getting selected to their national teams. While many feel that performance in IPL should not be considered for inclusion in national team, Sehwag differs. According to him it is a great platform for players to display their prowess and good players like Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell have been selected for their national teams based on their performance in the IPL. He did not find this selection process surprising as he believed the IPL was a great platform for youngsters to showcase their talent and put themselves on the radar of the selectors.
Sehwag also believes that the IPL has helped young cricketers to get accustomed to international cricket faster than before. He noted that at the time of his entry into international cricket was during 2000-01, cricketers needed around 20 games to get used to international cricket. He compared that to the case of Shikhar Dhawan who scored 180-odd against Australia on his debut because he had exposure playing against the Aussie pace bowlers who had bowled to him in the IPL.
Sehwag said that he decided to retire from the IPL as he felt that he was blocking the chances of younger players such as Manan Vohra, who was finding it difficult to find a playing place in the Kings XI Punjab, the former team of Sehwag. Sehwag also stated that once he quit international cricket, he saw no point in playing IPL after that. The hard hitting opening batsman is now concentrating on the Masters Champions League (MCL) T20 2016 which starts later this month in Dubai.