Mumbai: Taking exception to leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s allegations of physical harassment by a player in his early IPL days, former India head coach Ravi Shastri has suggested that the offender be never allowed to come near a cricket field.
In a shocking revelation, Chahal said he had a close shave during a post-match IPL party in 2013 when a drunk player dangled him from the 15th-floor balcony of a Bengaluru hotel.
Reacting to this, Shastri said it’s “no laughing matter at all”.
“I do not know who the person involved is, he was not in a conscious state of mind. If that is the case, then it is a big worry. Someone’s life is at risk, some people might think it is funny but for me, it is not funny at all,” Shastri told ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
“It shows the person who is trying to do it is in a state which is not appropriate. When you are in such a state trying something like that, the chances of mistakes are even more. It is not acceptable at all.”
Chahal, 31, one of the country’s top leg-spinners and who has played under Shastri in the Indian team, made the revelation during a chat with Ravichandran Ashwin, the video of which has been shared by their new IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals.
“It is the first time I am hearing such a drastic thing like this. It is not funny at all. If such an incident happens today, a life ban for that person involved and send that person to a rehab centre as quickly as possible.
“Life ban, better not come near to a cricket field then he will realise how funny is it or not funny,” Shastri stated.
Chahal said not many people knew about his near-death experience as he had kept it to himself.
Shastri, a former India all-rounder, also said that it is important for players to report incidents like these at the earliest, instead of waiting for something tragic to take place. —PTI