While social media might have become an avoidable aspect of everybody’s lives as of today, Australian head coach Justin Langer has an opposite view on it. Justin Langer has advised the sportspersons of today to steer clear of social media. Most of the players who hail from the cricketing world today are all avid users of social media sites like Twitter and Instagram.
The suspension of cricket in the past few months encouraged cricketers to spend more time on social media. The likes of Virat Kohli, David Warner, and Yuzvendra Chahal have actively engaged in it.
It does have a downside to it too as England pacer Jofra Archer recently copped racial abuses for breaching the bio-secure bubble during the Test series against the West Indies.
Justin Langer emphasized that “zero social media” is one of the crucial aspects that sportspeople must maintain today and it’s the foremost advice for them. Langer feels that he does not need approval from strangers whether he is good or bad and instead matters what his family and friends think about him.
“If I could give any young player any advice, actually if I could give anyone any advice that is in the public eye, it is zero social media.
“I say that because I don’t need any stranger telling me how good I am and, more importantly, I don’t need strangers telling me how bad I am because I know if I am playing well, I know if I am playing poorly.
“I don’t need strangers telling me that. What I do need is the people who I respect, my family and friends, they will let me know,” the 49-year-old stated during Charlie Webster’s ‘My Sporting Mind’ podcast.
They abuse people who are trying so hard out on the field: Justin Langer
The Western Australian slammed the people in social media, who abuse players, toiling hard on the field. The 105-Test veteran went on to recollect the abuses dished out on the Australian team during the World Cup and Ashes last year. He stated that those words were unbelievable and came from parents, who had little kids next to them.
“One of my pet hates in life is people pay their 20 quid or 20 bucks and they come and watch a sporting game and think they can say whatever they want.
They abuse people who are trying so hard out on the field and they say whatever they want and people say ‘ah you need to have a sense of humour’. Are you kidding me? Some of the things we were exposed to in England last year during the World Cup and Ashes, I cannot believe it. It was from parents who had their little kids next to them,” Justin Langer added.