Things Sanjay Bangar worked on - Virat Kohli's alignment; Rohit Sharma's head position

  • Things Sanjay Bangar worked on - Virat Kohli's alignment; Rohit Sharma's head position

Things Sanjay Bangar worked on - Virat Kohli's alignment; Rohit Sharma's head position

After serving Indian cricket for five long years, Sanjay Bangar has said that he will not be taking up any overseas roles in the near future.

India's overseas performances have improved significantly in recent years and under Shastri they have won series in West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia, the latter a historic 2-1 triumph earlier this year. We also won consistently in ODIs in all countries.

"If that [a rift] was the case, why would Rohit get five hundreds in the World Cup?"

India's former batting coach Sanjay Bangar became the biggest casualty of their elimination from the 2019 ODI World Cup at the hands of New Zealand in semi-finals. "The choice of player relied on current form, fitness test criteria, whether he could bowl, etc".

"Being disappointed is a natural feeling, which lasted for just a few days. This break gives me time to reflect, rethink and reinvent", Bangar said during an interview.

So far as his teaching modus operandi is anxious, Bangar revealed that it was all about having a transparent mindset, temperament and confidence. "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".

During his stint, the engine room of the Indian batting functioned like a well-oiled machine.

As unfortunate as it sounds, the alleged rift between India captain Virat Kohli and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma received several versions with respect to "difference of opinion" between the two senior Indian cricketers. Apart from him, he also worked with Cheteshwar Pujara, who shortened his stance. What were his inputs?

Difference of opinion can not be construed as conflict, said India head coach Ravi Shastri as he sought to play down the speculation of a rift between captain Virat Kohli and his limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma. He elaborated "We worked on his alignments, positioning on the crease, his approach in seaming conditions".

Rohit Sharma too had issues with the incoming deliveries and Bangar worked on improving the Mumbai batsman's head position. "It is to their credit that they worked to unlearn old methods", added Bangar. However, Bangar's time also saw the global career of Murali Vijay plateauing and Ajinkya Rahane's inconsistency.

When asked about the dip in Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay's performance in the last five years, Bangar said, "Rahane missed out on converting a lot of 50s into 100s in the last 18 months and contributed in all our overseas victories in Johannesburg, Nottingham and Adelaide. I was happy for him that he eventually crossed the three-figure mark in West Indies, where he played a pivotal role in seaming conditions". Did he ever feel snubbed?

"Rishabh has surpassed all expectations in Tests", he said.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made a decision to appoint a new set of coaching staffs after India's semi-final exit from the World Cup 2019, Bangar is now planning for a fresh start and is not interested in dwelling on the past. Sometimes, it might be the junior most player in the team who may come up with a strategy that we hadn't even thought of, and we need to bring that to the table. "We worked on how he could play along the ground initially and strike rotation". Nevertheless, Bangar stated that he by no means confronted any points coping with gamers since they constructed belief in a short time. "The contents of that report were fictitious. I had a very cordial discussion relating to my presentation with Devang, three days after the selection process got over".