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Ravi Shastri is not in favor of Rahul Dravid getting a break

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri was critical of the breaks given to current head coach Rahul Dravid in recent times. Dravid has been rested for the upcoming limited overs series (three T20Is and three ODIs) against New Zealand as his former teammate and current NCA head VVS Laxman will act as interim coach of the teams led by Hardik Pandya (T20Is) and Shikhar Dhawan (ODIs).

Several senior stars Virat Kohli, skipper Rohit Sharma and opener KL Rahul are equipped for the upcoming tour. Apart from them, the entire coaching staff including head coach Dravid has also been given a break after the T20 World Cup.

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However, Shastri is not in favor of coaches taking breaks.

“I don’t believe in breaks,” Shastri said during a virtual press conference on the eve of the first T20I between India and New Zealand in Wellington.

The 60-year-old said the rest India coach gets during the Indian Premier League should be enough.

“Because I want to understand my team, I want to understand my players and then I want to be in control of that team. These breaks… what do you need so many breaks for to be honest? You get your 2-3 months from the IPL, that’s enough for you to rest as a coach. But other times I think a coach should be hands-on, whoever he is,” he added.

Dravid took over coaching from Shastri last year after the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Earlier, Dravid was rested for the series against Zimbabwe and Laxman took over the leadership of the team. While the tight calendar this year also forced Dravid to miss a number of series against Ireland and South Africa (ODIs).

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Meanwhile, Munish Bali (field coach), Hrishikesh Kanitkar (batting coach) and Sairaj Bahutule (bowling coach) will be part of the support staff in New Zealand. All three coaches are based at the National Cricket Academy, which is headed by Laxman.

Bali was also part of the Indian squad in Ireland earlier this year and briefly in England before doing the home series against South Africa.

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