Sanjay Bangar has said the Indian team will need a few more matches to figure out if an ultra-aggressive batting approach is suited to them in the T20Is.
Virat Kohli had proclaimed Team India would take an example of the England team’s batting prowess and adopt an adventurous approach in the T20I series against the visitors at Ahmedabad. However, that tactic seems to have backfired in the first T20I as the hosts lost a plethora of early wickets to be put on the back foot.
Sanjay Bangar Want To See Whether Aggressive Tactic Is Suiting The Team’s Purpose:
Sanjay Bangar stressed the Indian team will have to wait a while before knowing the efficacy of the tactic, during a discussion on Star Sports.
“There were talks in the pre-match interview that they want to take the aggressive approach and increase the depth of batting. If you want to play aggressively from the first ball, then you will come to know if this tactic is suiting the team once you play 3-4 matches like that. If it doesn’t suit them, they should come back to the winning formula,” said Bangar.
The former Indian cricketer highlighted spin all-rounders Axar Patel and Washington Sundar were both included in the playing XI just to increase the batting depth.
“Yuzvendra Chahal will play in all matches but Axar Patel and Washington Sundar were played because they have the ability to bat. This is where I feel India will have to think. Yes, if they want to play with this thinking, they will have to play continuously with this team,” observed Sanjay Bangar.
India fielded Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, and Hardik Pandya as all-rounders. Shardul Thakur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar both of whom can also bat a bit were the seamers. Yuzvendra Chahal was expensive yet again conceding 44 runs in 4 overs and picked 1 wicket. Washington Sundar picked the other wicket.
Sanjay Bangar Criticized Shikhar Dhawan For Playing Irresponsible Shot But Mentioned Shreyas Iyer’s Batting Was A Positive
While reflecting his views on the Indian dismissals, Sanjay Bangar criticized Shikhar Dhawan’s shot selection while adding that Rishabh Pant was a trifle unlucky. He added Shreyas Iyer was the only saving grace in Indian batting. Sanjay Bangar lauded Shreyas Iyer for holding the innings together.
Shreyas Iyer played an excellent inning against England in the first T20I on Friday. He scored a 48-ball 67 which helped India post a 124-run total after witnessing a horrible top-order collapse.
“There was some lack of footwork from KL Rahul. Virat Kohli wanted to go over the off-side because there was no fielder in the deep. Shikhar Dhawan played a slightly irresponsible shot because two wickets had already fallen. Rishabh Pant was a little unlucky because it was a well-timed shot which went straight to be fielder. Shreyas Iyer’s batting was definitely a positive for India,” said Sanjay Bangar.
The 48-year-old concluded by stating that the Indian batsmen will have to devise a strategy to counter England’s short and aggressive bowling tactics before the next encounter on Sunday, 14th March.
“They will have to think about how England bowled. The England pacers will bowl in the same fashion, bowl around 140kph and will not give width and use the short ball well. The side boundaries are big here. So that tactical awareness will have to be kept and rework will have to be done to prepare for the next match,” concluded Sanjay Bangar.