The Indian coaching staff’s position came under the pump after the national team’s disappointing ouster from the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. India lost the semi-final encounter to New Zealand and then the questions were raised on the head coach and his support staff team. However, batting coach Sanjay Bangar was portrayed as the main target in this whole scene.
It was being learned that Bangar took the controversial decision of sending MS Dhoni at number seven. Now, Ravi Shastri has been reappointed as the head coach and Bharat Arun and R Sridhar have also retained their positions as bowling and fielding coaches respectively. Bangar is the only one who has been replaced by Vikram Rathour.
We won consistently in ODIs
"I look back on the progress the team made since 2014 and being No. 1 in Tests for three years in a row with happiness. We won 30 out of 52 Tests played, 13 of them overseas. We also won consistently in ODIs in all countries. The only thing that eluded us was the World Cup," quoted Sanjay Bangar.
In the batting department, the No.4 position has been the main agenda for quite a while now. Bangar revealed that the entire team management and the selection committee in togetherness took the decisions relating to the big controversial spot.
"The entire team management and selectors were part of the decision making for the No. 4 spot. The choice relied upon current form, fitness criteria, whether he was a left-hander, whether he could bowl, etc," he added.
Bangar thanked the BCCI and all of his coaching teammates for giving him this big opportunity to serve Indian cricket. He also talked about the learnings which he shared with the batters during his five-year tenure.
"Being disappointed is a natural feeling, which lasted for just a few days. But I thank the BCCI and all the coaches, Duncan (Fletcher), Anil (Kumble) and Ravi (Shastri), for giving me an opportunity to serve Indian cricket for five years. This break gives me time to reflect, refresh and reinvent," he entailed.
"I was vigilant as to how a player stays close to these basic foundations and also his individual style of play, through regular video footage and one on one discussions," Bangar concluded.