Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has expressed his disappointment over Ravichandran Ashwin’s recent comment about the changing dynamics among teammates. Ashwin had mentioned that teammates used to be friends but now they are just colleagues, drawing attention to a perceived lack of camaraderie in the team. Gavaskar believes that players should be able to bond and connect with each other beyond the game, even after play ends.
Speaking to the Indian Express, Sunil Gavaskar said: “It’s a sad thing because you should be able to get together after play ends and maybe not talk about the game but talk about music, maybe talk about the films you like, maybe talk about your interest in space. But if that is not what is happening, that is disappointing.”
Gavaskar also offered a possible explanation for the change in team dynamics, suggesting that the trend of players having separate rooms may contribute to the distancing among teammates. He acknowledged that the practice of providing players with individual rooms began about 20 years ago and could be a factor affecting team bonding.
Furthermore, when asked if players had approached him for batting consultations in recent years, Gavaskar revealed that he hadn’t received any requests. However, he shared that during his playing days, renowned players like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, and VVS Laxman would frequently seek his advice on specific issues.
Sunil Gavaskar explained that with the presence of two coaches in the current setup, he sometimes refrains from offering too much information to avoid confusing the players. Looking ahead, India is scheduled to face West Indies in a Test series commencing on July 12th. This series marks India’s first appearance in the new edition of the ICC World Test Championship.