Former head coach Ravi Shastri has broken his silence as he has decided to finally put a full stop to all the upcoming rumors regarding the Indian players. Recently there were many comments found on social media platforms stating that Indian players are much more focused on playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) instead of concentrating on the International matches for the national team.
Shastri decided finally to clear out search confusions which occurred especially after India’s group-stage exit from the T20 World Cup 2021. Many cricket fans as well as social media users started showing that the Indian players are having a mindset to concentrate more on IPL right now and the rumors just kept spreading like rapid fire. That’s why Shastri decided to break his silence stating, “Absolutely. No question about it, otherwise you can’t have these kinds of performances over the last 5 years. If your mind is not there when playing for the country… which fool would value that (playing for the franchise) over playing for the country.“
“They are playing for India, you have got that badge on your chest, watched by billions around the world. You are lucky to be one of the 11 in a country of 1.4 billion people representing your country. So that’s all far-fetched, whoever says all that I have no time,” Shastri further added while speaking to India Today. “Kapil Dev is damn right on the scheduling part of it,” said Ravi Shastri as Kapil Dev criticizes the tight scheduling of the IPL 2021 second leg and the T20 World Cup.
Going from bubbles to bubbles is indeed very difficult for all Indian players. “Kapil is damn right on the scheduling part of it. I agree. It will take its toll. It’s not just the BCCI but every cricket board will have to be very careful on schedule. Don’t forget, India plays more cricket than any other team if you add the IPL.” “Don’t forget the teams that are playing the World Cup final on Sunday, they have hardly played any cricket in the last 6 months. That makes a huge difference. They have played enough cricket to keep them sharp but they have got enough amount of rest as well,” Shastri later added.
Well, some fans criticized the Indian players but many stood strong in their support and still spread their love for them. Ravi Shastri has now stepped down from the head coach post just after the end of India’s campaign in the T20 World Cup series. He has been replaced by Rahul Dravid and he will be at the helm for a contract which is of two years.