Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has taken a break following India’s T20 World Cup debacle. However, Dravid’s leave after the humiliating loss against England has not gone down well with the former head coach and team director Ravi Shastri.

As per Shastri, he does not believe in breaks. He also said that the support staff anyway gets a three-month break during Indian Premier League (IPL). He further said that the head coach should spend as much time with the team as possible. 

Shastri’s comments have evoked mix reactions. While some cricketers, fans and experts backed Shastri, some others supported Dravid.

Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was a part of the Indian team that played the T20 World Cup in Australia, has backed Dravid.

As per Ashwin, the support staff have worked day in and day out on the preparation of Team India and a much-needed break was the need of the hour for them.

“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 am 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,” said Ashwin.

“Everyone needed a break. As soon as the New Zealand series ends, we have the Bangladesh tour. That is why we have a different coaching staff led by Laxman for this tour,” he added.