By BIPIN DANI, Mumbai, Sept. 16: Viru mentor : Sachin had soft corner for Shastri. Virender Sehwag has now made a u-turn on his comments on selection of India coach and has said that they were made in jest, but his childhood mentor and coach A.N.Sharma believes that he (Viru) was “deeply hurt”.“Viru was deeply hurt on not getting the (coach) post. And whatever he had in his mind have come out now. Otherwise why would he say so now three months after he was dumped?” Sharma, speaking exclusively over his mobile from Delhi, said. “I had not discussed this topic with him in last three months. This is because I didn’t want to hurt his feelings more and hit a nerve”.“Sehwag did not get the job because Sachin Tendulkar asked Shastri to apply for the post. Shastri was reported to be not interested in the job and Saurav Ganguly was also not in his favour. Sachin had “soft corner” for Shastri. It was only later the other two members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) (Ganguly and VVS Laxman) could not voice their opinion against “God” Sachin’s wish and Viru’s application was thus dumped”, added Sharma.“Sehwag was encouraged to apply for the post. He had an opportunity to be the coach of the national team but was very very disappointed when the post didn’t come to him”. Same result: Sehwag’s mentor is not willing to give full credit to Shastri for Team India’s recent success in Sri Lanka. “Had Sehwag been India coach, the results would have been same. Sri Lanka is a very weak team and India could have won 9-0 (three Tests, five ODIs’, and one T-20) “easily”.No Test saw the fifth day in the series in Sri Lanka. Sehwag once recommended his mentor’s name for the Dronacharya Award. “Even the Haryana Cricket Association had put forward my name but the BCCI rejected Viru’s plea and the award went to some other person”, recalled Sharma(viru mentor).
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