Good thing that BCCI got Kirsten`s replacement early: Sehwag
New Delhi: Indian opener Virender Sehwag reckons the BCCI did the right thing by appointing Duncan Fletcher as coach soon after Gary Kirsten`s departure as it has given the Zimbabwean enough time to settle with the side.
"It`s good for India. It`s a good thing that the BCCI has found a replacement in quick time. It will obviously help the players and the new coach to settle down early. He (Fletcher) will get enough time to do home work before our series against England starts," Sehwag said.
Fletcher, a former England coach who guided them to the memorable 2005 Ashes triumph, would not be able to join the Indians during next month`s tour of the West Indies due to personal reasons but would be there when Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s men tour England later this year.
The former Zimbabwe captain`s appointment has evoked mixed reactions with some former greats including Sunil Gavaskar insisting that an Indian would have been a better choice.
Asked whether he has had any interaction with Fletcher, Sehwag merely said, "No, I don`t know him."
Sehwag`s opening partner Gautam Gambhir, on the other hand, is not even thinking about the new coach right now as he is completely focussed on his role as Kolkata Knight Riders skipper in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
"Right now, my concentration and focus is totally on the IPL. I am not thinking about all these things. I will only think about all this once the IPL ends," he said.
As Kirsten`s successor, Fletcher has massive expectations to live upto as the amiable South African left after taking India to their first World Cup title in 28 years besides being at the helm during some of the most memorable overseas triumphs of the team.