When Wright slapped Sehwag, Sachin saved coach

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Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 11:37 [IST]
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Sachin saved Wright when he slapped Viru

Mumbai, Nov 13: Sachin Tendulkar had stopped Sourav Ganguly from embarrassing coach John Wright during India's tour to England in 2002.

An incident involving Wright and Virender Sehwag was recalled by Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) vice-president Rajeev Shukla during "Salaam Sachin" conclave organised by "India Today" group on Tuesday (November 12).

Wright had slapped Sehwag in anger after the opener had got out playing the ball in the air.

"I saw Sehwag in a bad mood. When I asked him he said that John (Wright) had slapped him. It became an issue and Ganguly insisted that they will not leave (dressing room) unless Wright apologises to Sehwag. Then I found Wright and asked him if he did it. John said that ‘he wanted Sehwag to score a century but Sehwag repeated his mistake of lifting the ball and got out, so I was angry. And he is like a disciple to me so I just pushed him out of anger'," said Shukla.

"Sachin came to me and said that ‘you must ensure that John does not apologise, otherwise the coach will lose his respect'. I got back to Sehwag and explained that it was just like a father chides his son, John did it. He understood and let it go," Shukla added.

New Zeland's Wright was India's coach from 2000 to 2005. Ganguly was the captain.


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