India vs Australia 2019: Sanjay Bangar Backs Struggling Shikhar Dhawan
Team India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has thrown support behind Shikhar Dhawan following latter’s bleak run with the bat. Bangar said the southpaw is an asset for the Men in Blue. In the recently-concluded third One-day International of India vs Australia 2019 series in Ranchi at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium. Dhawan could score a run off ten balls before Jhye Richardson picked his wicket.
With his dismissal when Glenn Maxwell plucked a stunning catch at point region, Dhawan got dismissed on a single-digit score for the third time in last five games.
Bangar briefed the media following Australia’s 32-run win over hosts despite Virat Kohli’s rollicking show with the bat. Kohli slammed 123 off 95 deliveries with the help of 16 fours and a six.
Bangar puts weight behind pale-looking Dhawan:
Despite the woeful show, Bangar feels the poor shot selection has costed him.
“In the previous game, he (Dhawan) was batting really well till he erred in shot selection. But from our point of view, he has been an important player,” Bangar said in a post-match conference in Ranchi.
Earlier, the left-right combination of Dhawan and Rohit Sharma has served as an essential element in the batting department. But they couldn’t forge a single fifty-plus partnership in the last six ODI fixtures. Subsequently, it has to be a cause of concern for the leadership group and management for the ODI showpiece.
“If we know that he gets going, he can give us that solidity as it is vital to have that right-left combination going. He is a hugely valuable player for us and he is expected to come good very soon,” Bangar added.
While talking about Dhawan’s performance in 2019, he amassed 265 runs at an average of 26.50 in 11 innings. Furthermore, he failed to go past the double-figure mark on six occasions apart from registering two ducks in the last 17 ODIs.
So far, in three matches the 33-year-old could amass 22 runs in three ODIs apart from 14 in Bengaluru T20I against Australia.
With India gearing up for the upcoming 2019 World Cup, Dhawan’s poor show of late doesn’t seem to be a worrying sign for Bangar.
However, Dhawan has played a significant role for India in the major events of ICC. And in England, his record speaks volumes. In 2015 World Cup, Dhawan has slammed two hundreds for India.
Bangar on Ambati Rayudu:
On the other side, the assistant coach Bangar has also shown a soft corner for Ambati Rayudu for falling apart. In the Ranchi game, Rayudu has scored just two runs at No.4.
“Today’s delivery that he got, could have gotten out any batsmen with that pace and low bounce. Players are expected to take chances and that’s what we are expecting of every player,” Bangar inferred.
In 10 innings so far, Rayudu accumulated 247 runs at an average of 30.87. Bangar he recalled his 90-run knock against New Zealand while reiterating he is hopeful to see Rayudu contribution for the national fold.
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