After a triumphant series in Zimbabwe, a lot has changed inside the Indian cricket team.
Anil Kumble, the Indian bowling legend was appointed as the head coach of the national side for a period of 1 year after the former coach Ravi Shastri’s contract expired at the end of the World T20 earlier this year.
The Men in Blue travel to the Caribbean this July for a seven week –long tour and Jumbo, as Kumble is adorably called in India will be in-charge of the side for the tour.
And it is now understood that former Indian opener Sanjay Bangar will be given the role of a batting coach for the tour.
Abhay Sharma will accompany the side to West Indies as a fielding coach read a press release circulated by the BCCI.
Sanjay Bangar’s has held the post of a batting coach since the August of 2014 when he was first appointed alongside Ravi Shastri.
His contract expired at the same time as the former coach but BCCI extended it to the tour of Zimbabwe where Bangar and Abhay Sharma did an excellent job with the junior side.
Both the players are now retained by the Board for the tour of West Indies and the press release mentioned specifically that the extension is valid only until the end of the Caribbean tour.
It was also mentioned that there will be no bowling coach accompanying the side for the tour.
Bangar was an impressive player in his prime and his exploits helped the Indian national team to knit a 12 match unbeaten run including 3 rare overseas victories.
He is now very much accustomed to the side and their needs and BCCI’s decision to retain him especially after a change in the head coach comes as a sensible decision.
The Men in Blue have a long season ahead of them with and will surely need all the expertise of Sanjay Bangar. Anil Kumble and Abhay Sharma if they are to have a good time on their travels.