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Ashwin disagrees with Shastri’s comments that coaches must not take breaks 

The controversy over Indian team head coach Rahul Dravid not going on New Zealand tour is increasing.  After coach Ravi Shastri, India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s statement has come to the fore on this matter.  He has defended Dravid.  Ashwin said that after working so much during the T20 World Cup, the support staff also needed a break.

 Before Ashwin, Ravi Shastri had questioned the rest of the coaching team.  Why does the Indian coach need a break, he said?  He himself gets a break of two-three months during the IPL.  Team India lost against England in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup under Dravid’s coaching.  England later won the title by defeating Pakistan in the final.

 Dravid decided not to go on the New Zealand tour.  In his absence, National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief VVS Laxman has been entrusted with the responsibility of coaching the team.  Laxman had earlier accompanied Team India on the tour of Ireland and Zimbabwe.  Ashwin said that even the coaching staff get tired.  They also get tired physically and mentally.

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Ashwin said on his YouTube channel, “I am telling you that his team along with Laxman has gone there separately.  Rahul Dravid and his team did a lot of planning ahead of the T20 World Cup.  I have seen them closely, that’s why I am saying so.  They had plans for the T20 World Cup according to different teams and grounds.  In such a situation, he must have been tired not only mentally but also physically.

 The Indian off-spinner said, “Everyone needs rest.  We will go to Bangladesh once the New Zealand tour is over.  That’s why there is a separate coaching staff led by Laxman for this tour.” Before Ashwin, Shastri had said, “I don’t believe in breaks.  I want to understand my team and players.  To be honest, why do you need such a break?  You would have had two-three months in the IPL for a break.  This much comfort is enough for a coach.

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