Ashwin Backs Rahul Dravid After Ravi Shastri’s Criticism For Missing India’s Tour Of New Zealand

Ashwin Backs Rahul Dravid After Ravi Shastri’s Criticism For Missing India’s Tour Of New Zealand

New Delhi: India’s ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin supported Rahul Dravid after he faces a lot of criticism for taking a break for India’s series against New Zealand.

Ashwin said on his YouTube channel,  “I will explain why Laxman has gone there with a completely different team because even that could be interpreted differently. Rahul Dravid and his team put in extensive hard work ahead of the T20 World Cup, right from planning, since I saw this from close quarters, I’m saying this. They had specific in-depth plans for each venue and each opposition. So they would have been under not only mental but also physical burnout and everyone needed a break. As soon as the New Zealand series ends, we have the Bangladesh tour. That’s why we have a different coaching staff led by Laxman for this tour”.

The Men in Blue is led by Hardik Pandya and coached by VVS Laxman for a three-match T20I and ODI series against New Zealand. Former Indian coach Ravi Shastri questioned the decision of Rahul Dravid when he took a break post the T20 World Cup 2022. He said,  “I do not believe in breaks”.

“Because I want to understand my team, I want to understand my players and I want to be in control of that team. These breaks… why do you need that many breaks, to be honest? You get your 2-3 months of the IPL, that’s enough for you to rest as a coach. But other times, I think a coach should be hands-on, whoever he is”, Ravi Shastri added.

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India squad: Hardik Pandya (C), Rishabh Pant (vc & wk), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson (wk), W Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik.