In a recent press interview, Team India’s assistant coach and ex-player of the Indian Cricket Team Sanjay Bangar has talked about his journey during the last eight months or so being in charge of the Indian cricket team.
He has also shared certain excerpts of how he helps players like Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan among others with their batting style. He also said that it has been a growing and enjoyable journey with the team members so far.
Bangar has been the coaching staff for India ever since the debacle in England, where they lost 3-1, despite winnings convincingly at Lord’s. Reflecting back on these eight months, Bangar said that when they started during their tour to England, the confidence of the batsmen was a bit low. There was an overwhelming shadow of self doubt that had cast in among them. It was thereby very important to get their mindsets right and bring forth a bit of positivity in their minds. It was all about introducing or reimbursing the confidence or the boost that had taken a bit of a beating at that time. That was the most primitive step.
It was also very important to find the trust factor among the players. Coaching does never really happen at one single go. Firstly, one needs to know the player quite well, understand his type of game and then sow in the acceptability factor within the player. Batting is always such that it can get quite technical and for that it was pretty much important to earn that trust of the player and then try and bring about the changes that one probably would want to introduce technically.
Bangar however has acknowledged the fact that many players need certain technical changes in their pool of skills and need to sharpen their techniques in order to perform better under difficult conditions. He takes Kohli’s example. Bangar says that Kohli had an alignment issue with deliveries that were leaving him from the middle and outside off stump. They had discussed the issue and worked at it.