Everyone needs a break: Ashwin responds after Ravi Shastri slams Rahul Dravid for taking a break post T20 World Cup 2022 debacle

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Team India has been receiving a lot of backlashes post the T20 World Cup 2022 heartbreak. It not only includes Rohit Sharma, who once again failed to make a mark at the tournament, but even head coach Rahul Dravid is hearing from all ends.

 

Not only this, but Rahul Dravid has even been slammed after BCCI decided to give a break to the Indian coaching staff. Rahul Dravid and Co. Have been rested from the New Zealand tour as VVS Laxman led second string of coaching staff took the charge. Out of many, it has been former India head coach Ravi Shastri’s reply which grabbed a lot of limelight.

 

Shastri recently questioned the Indian cricket board’s decision to give frequent breaks to the current head coach. However, he said that he doesn’t believe in breaks, while asking the purpose behind this decision.

 

“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… what do you need that many breaks for, to be honest?”, he said during a virtual interaction as quoted by ANI recently.

 

Veteran Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin has now come to Rahul Dravid’s defence. The 36-year-old in his YouTube channel explained that why not only players but also the coaching & support staff needs a break.

 

“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”, Ashwin said.

 

“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”, he continued.

 

The Indian all-rounder will be seen back in action during the Bangladesh series, starting December 14 in Chattogram.

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