Former India coach Ravi Shastri has responded to Yuzvendra Chahal’s charges of physical harassment by suggesting that the authorities should ban the perpetrator and never allow him to access a cricket field again.
Shastri went on to say that the terrifying situation cannot be dismissed and that it is critical to know what action was taken against the player in question.
Chahal made the astonishing claim that he was dangled from a balcony on the 15th level of a hotel while playing for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. “The fact that the person concerned is not cognizant is highly concerning.” “It’s a major concern, and it’s not humorous at all,” Ravi Shastri told ESPNcricinfo.
“This is the first time I’ve heard something so extreme. a life sentence never let the offender near come near a cricket field,” Shastri added.
“This occurred back in 2013, when I was with the Mumbai Indians. In Bengaluru, we had a match. Following that, there was a get-together. So there was a player who was quite inebriated; I won’t name him. He was quite inebriated, he stared at me for a long time, and then he called me and took me outside, where he hung me from the balcony “Chahal informed the Royals.
“And my hands were like this around him (behind the neck). I would have been on the 15th floor if I hadn’t lost my grasp.
“Suddenly, a large number of people who were present arrived and managed the situation. They gave me water after I fainted.”
Chahal began his career with the Mumbai Indians in 2013 before joining the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014 at his base price of Rs 10 lakh. The leg-spinner went on to become an integral member of the RCB squad over the years before he was released in 2021.
Chahal’s latest complaint comes many months after he detailed another incidence of physical harassment from 2011 on a podcast published earlier this year by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The Royals leg-spinner claimed that he was restrained by his former Mumbai Indians teammates Andrew Symonds and James Franklin, had his lips taped, and was then locked in a room and forgotten about for the remainder of the night.
“It happened after Mumbai Indians won the Champions League in 2011,” he explained.
“We had been in Chennai. He [Symonds] had consumed a large amount of ‘fruit juice’ (laughs). I’m not sure what he was thinking, but he and James Franklin chained my hands and legs and said, ‘no, you have to open.’
“”They were so disoriented that they taped my mouth and entirely forgot about me during the celebration.” They all went, and the next morning, someone came to clean [the room], found me, called a couple others, and untied me.