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Anil Kumble’s Departure Has Left A Void – Sanjay Bangar 

Anil Kumble’s Departure Has Left A Void – Sanjay Bangar
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Anil Kumble’s controversial resignation from the post of the Head Coach has created a bit of storm in the Indian cricketing fraternity. Citing difference with skipper Kohli as the reason, Kumble decided to keep himself out of contention for a contract extension. His resignation was followed by controversies and few unanswered questions about the team culture.

Team India is currently without a head coach in the Caribbean where they are playing limited overs series comprising of five ODIs and one T20I with the West Indies. Batting coach Sanjay Bangar, was asked about the effect of Kumble’s absence and talks surrounding his departure, during a recent chat with Cricbuzz.

“We are professionals and such things are part and parcel of any organisation where changes happen. The support staff and the players have shown a lot of professionalism in compartmentalising the issues and so far we have coped up really well,” said Bangar, who went on to add that the team is currently concentrating on its current assignment.

The atmosphere is bound to be a bit tense when the two biggies of the team  – the skipper and the coach – entangle themselves with differences and one eventually leaves in an unexpected fashion. However, Bangar reveals that the entire team did a good job in understanding the situation and acting with matureness.

“Everyone’s contributed towards it (ensuring the harmony of the team) and as I said earlier, when you part ways it’s never easy. You need to accept that at times such things are going to happen, have happened in the past. But what is of paramount importance is that Indian cricket should keep moving forward and the performances of the team shouldn’t really be affected in any manner,” he added.

Bangar also explained that the relation between the coach and the skipper is all about trust more than anything else.

“It’s not only the coach and the captain, it’s also the relationship and trust between the coach and all the players. Basically, it’s a work in progress that requires a lot of time to earn the trust of the players. That is something that I’ve learnt to work (with).”

Bangar also admitted that Kumble’s absence has left a void in the team but was confident that the experienced names in the team would step up and motivate the youngsters. Under his guidance, Team India has a fairly successful time which included a dominating home season.

“Yes, Anil was doubling up (as the bowling coach). There were a lot of positive results under him. We all know that the team enjoyed a lot of success. The void, there is definitely a bit a lacuna but the experience that this team possesses – when you have a Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli, who’ve played close to 700 international games, they’re doing a lot of work behind the scenes, they are guiding the players. It’s not only the coaching staff, the mentoring that they (the senior players) do and the exchange of ideas among them, there is a wealth of knowledge which the players benefit from,” he said.

Bangar also commented on the ongoing critical analysis of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh’s future. He had a very simple answer to it.

“It all boils down to the fitness part. If you’re fit and capable of delivering. You saw in the match against Pakistan, how the experience came to the fore – In the last eight overs we scored 108 runs and that wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of Yuvraj Singh. I can definitely vouch that they are very motivated to play – you can only stand to benefit from their continued presence in the team,” Bangar summed up.

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