Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has come up with a response after premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that he was crushed when the former coach lauded Kuldeep Yadav as India’s best overseas spinner.
In a recent interview with ‘ESPNcricinfo’, Ashwin was asked how he felt when coach Shastri labelled left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav as India’s No. 1 spinner overseas after he bagged a five-for in the 2019 Sydney Test against Australia.
Ravichandran Ashwin replying to the question said that he ” felt crushed” after Shastri’s statement on Kuldeep.
“I hold Ravi bhai in high esteem. We all do. And I understand we all can say things and then retract them. In that moment, though, I felt crushed. Absolutely crushed, We all talk about how important it is to enjoy your team-mates’ success. And I was happy for Kuldeep,” Ashwin said.
My Job Is Not To Butter Everyone’s Toast, My Job Is To State Facts Without Agenda – Ravi Shastri
Meanwhile, responding to Ashwin’s comments, former coach Shastri has said that his job is to state facts and not ” butter everyone’s toast”. He said:
“Ashwin did not play the Test in Sydney and Kuldeep bowled well. So it’s fair I give Kuldeep a chance. If that hurt Ashwin, I am very happy. It made him do something different. My job is not to butter everyone’s toast. My job is to state facts without agenda.”
Shastri further added that when a coach challenges a player it’s the job of a player to take the challenge and prove the coach wrong. Also, Shastri said that he is glad he made a statement that hurt Ashwin because it made him do something different. He stated:
“If your coach challenges you, what will you do? Go home crying and say I won’t come back. I as a player would take it as a challenge, to prove the coach wrong, If my statement on Kuldeep hurt Ashwin, I am glad I made that statement. It made him do something different.”
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