A few days back, the Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal shared a horrific incident that goes to back to 2013. After an IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore, a get-together was organized at the team hotel which included the players from both the teams. The leg-spinner was a part of the Mumbai Indians team in the 2013 edition and featured in a single fixture for them.
In a recent video posted by Rajasthan Royals on Twitter, Chahal revealed the horrific incident where the former player of the franchise hung him from the 15th floor balcony of the hotel, while not disclosing his identity. Post the revelation, the cricketer is receiving support from all corners, who also have asked BCCI to probe into the matter. The latest to have an opinion on this matter is, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri.
“No laughing matter at all. I do not know who the person involved is, he was not in a conscious state of mind. If that is the case, then it is a big worry. Someone’s life is at risk, some people might think it is funny but for me, it is not funny at all,” Shastri said on ESPNCricinfo’s ‘T20 Time Out’.
“It is the first time I am hearing such a drastic thing like this. It is not funny at all. If such an incident happens today, a life ban for that person involved and send that person to a rehab centre as quickly as possible. Life ban, better not come near to a cricket field then he will realise how funny is it or not funny,” Shastri added.
The head coach urged players to approach to the Anti-corruption unit set by the BCCI and Supreme Court, if any such situation arrives in the future.
“Just like you are told by the Anti-Corruption Unit when there is an approach made by someone or the other when it comes to fixing, it is your job to approach the authorities to let them know,” Shastri concluded.
After a fixing scandal in 2013 involving former Indian cricketer Sreesanth, the unit was set up to safeguard the game of cricket. Due to the fixing allegations proven right, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings were banned for two years from the IPL as well.
In the IPL 2022, Chahal has emerged as the best bowler for Rajasthan Royals with seven scalps in three matches.