Former India head coach Ravi Shastri gave a befitting reply to R Ashwin over the former’s praise of Kuldeep Yadav in 2018, when he said that the left-arm spinner would be India’s first choice in overseas conditions.
Ashwin revealed that he felt crushed by the then-head coach statement, and Shastri said yesterday that he doesn’t believe in buttering everyone’s toast.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has now opined on the issue, insisting a player gets hurt when a head coach criticizes him (Ravi Shastri vs R Ashwin) in public.
“Ravi Shastri has said that his job is not to butter his players, and even if the players get hurt, he wants them to prove his statement wrong. Now, as a player, if someone from the team says such things about you, it does hurt a bit,” said Salman Butt.
However, Butt also said that Shastri got the best of the off-spinner. “Ashwin is a world-class bowler, and I agree with Shastri that his job was to state facts,” he added.