Sanjay Bangar

The limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe offers quite a few incentives to team India. The men in blue have opted to tour with an inexperienced unit, as only skipper MS Dhoni is the regular member of the side. The youngsters, who have performed quite well in the domestic circuit, were rewarded with berths for the fringe tour.

Nevertheless, it will be really crucial for India to not take Zimbabwe lightly. In their own conditions, the Zimbabweans have the ability to surprise any side and India must be wary of that. Sanjay Bangar, India’s stand-in coach for the series has admitted that his side is keen to take on Zimbabwe and there won’t be any drop in the intensity.

“It’s an international game, it has to be played with same intensity and purpose. Our focus is inwards and we want to play as good as we can. Let’s see how far we go,” Bangar said at the pre-match press conference.”We have a talented bunch of young players. They have done well in domestic championships. We are not too giving much attention to what the opposition is saying,” he added.

The former Indian batsman added that the tour would matter a lot for the youngsters. “It’s a great platform for the younger guys. It has provided a launch pad for a number of cricketers. Virat came in here and led India for the first time. Suresh came in and then Ajinkya. We believe it’s an important tour for younger guys. It provides us the opportunity to see future stars,” Bangar said.

“Everybody is available for selection. We will pick best possible XI in every match.”We have made the most of two practice days we had. What was noticeable, definitely the kookaburra ball was behaving differently than the SG ball. Less tinge of green on the wicket than the past season. That’s what we have noticed,” Bangar added.

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