Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has harshly criticized Rahul Dravid’s current support group for taking a break from the current New Zealand series. Dravid, Vikram Rathour, and Paras Mhambrey are replaced as the team’s head coach, batting coach, and bowling coach, respectively, by the NCA coaching staff of VVS Laxman, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, and Sairaj Bahutule. When India departs for Bangladesh to play an ODI and Test series that begins on December 4, Rathour and Mhambrey will return to coaching.

In a virtual press conference, Shastri stated: “I oppose breaks, primarily because I prefer to get to know my team’s members and be able to manage them. In all honesty, why do you need so many breaks? You have two to three months off as a coach during the IPL. On the other side, I believe that a coach should always be present.”

According to Ravichandran Ashwin, who has since defended Dravid, players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul needed a break after the T20 World Cup.

“Because even that could be interpreted in a variety of ways, I’ll explain why Laxman traveled there with an entirely different team. I can say this because I witnessed Rahul Dravid and his group putting in a lot of effort before the T20 World Cup, starting with planning. They had elaborate plans for each place and each enemy. Everyone would have been mentally and physically exhausted, necessitating a break. We have the Bangladesh trip after the conclusion of the New Zealand series. Laxman is in charge of our all-new coaching staff for this tour.” On his YouTube channel, Ashwin stated.

The Indian T20I team is currently coached by Hardik Pandya. Wellington’s first game was abandoned due to heavy rain before a ball was bowled. On Sunday, the second game will take place in Mount Maunganui.