Ravi Shastri Responds After Ravi Ashwin Says He Was Crushed When The Former Coach Lauded Kuldeep Yadav As India's Best Overseas Spinner
Ravi Shastri Responds After Ravi Ashwin Says He Was Crushed When The Former Coach Lauded Kuldeep Yadav As India's Best Overseas Spinner

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.

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Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Shastri, Kuldeep Yadav
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Shastri, Kuldeep Yadav

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

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri (Image Credit: Twitter)

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.”

India cricket coach, Ravi Shastri
(Photo: Twitter)

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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