Former Indian opening batsman, Virender Sehwag made quite unpopular statement recently regarding global multi-sport events like Olympics and Commonwealth Games. He called them bigger than cricket events.

Sehwag was present at a book launching event. There he interviewed two athletes and said other sportspersons get too little ‘facilities’ as compared to what cricketers get.

“I always used to think Olympics and Commonwealth games are bigger than cricket. I used to think that these athletes would have been looked after very well, that they would be getting good food, and nutrition along with physios and trainers”, stated Sehwag.

“But when I met and got to know them( the non-cricketers he interviewed for the show), I realized that whatever facilities we (cricketers) are getting, these guys are not getting 10 or 20% of that. Despite that they are getting the medals. They deserve a lot more than what they get, because they are getting medals for India”, he added.

Virender Sehwag played 104 tests and 251 ODIs between 1999 and 2013. He said that cricketers in general don’t acknowledge the contribution of their coaches as much as other sportspersons do.

He commented, “Coaches have a big role to play in the life of cricketers but we don’t give them the right amount of credit, we tend to keep it to ourselves.”

“We cricketers do not credit our coaches as much as oher sportspersons do, may be because when you start playing for the country, the cricketers forget their coaches because they don’t get to meet and speak a lot but in other sports they need their coaches from the start till the end and the coaches also spend a lot of time.”

Sehwag was launching his book ‘Umeed’ which was presented by EPIC channel and Rupa Publication.


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