India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has credited the change in stance behind the Indian batsmen’s recent good show against the spinners.
One of the main reasons behind India’s good performance at home in recent months is their batsmen’s good show against the tweakers. The last couple of years had seen the batsmen struggling against the likes of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid but the trend has completely changed in the ongoing home season. And Sanjay Banger has said adapting a narrower stance has been the key behind the good batting performance.
The batsmen were using a wider stance under former coach Duncan Fletcher and interestingly, the Indian batsmen struggled against the spinners during his tenure.
Speaking after the end of day’s play, Bangar said:“A lot of batsmen have gone back to narrower stance purely because mobility is a crucial aspect in batsmanship. You need to be ready to adjust to the variations of the pitch including quicker pitches and against the bouncers. That is a crucial factor.”
The batsmen have not hesitated in using their feet agains the likes of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and it has resulted in a huge scores. The Indian team recently became the first team to score 600-plus totals in three consecutive innings after scoring 687 for 6 in the first innings of the ongoing Test against Bangladesh.
“We being Indians, using feet has always been our strength. Going over the top and not being afraid lofting the spinners. We are always sending the message to spinners that we are coming at you. It has always been a strength of Indian batsmen over a number of years. All batsmen (with narrower stance) have been able to do that. We have started getting results with our approach in the way we wanted.”
“There was a phase in 2014, a lot was made after Moeen Ali got six wickets in a Test. A lot of questions were raised if Indians are not as good against spinners as they were in the earlier period, I don’t believe in that. There has been a lot of improvement in that aspect of batsmanship as well,” Bangar added.
Speaking on the batsmen’s approach, Bangar opined:“I think all the batsmen apply a lot of thought. They put in a lot of effort. They want to excel and they want to breach their own benchmark. They are in their quest for excellence.
Our job is to just give them some pointers so that they remain on the right track. All credit to batsman for the way they prepare. Because of their mindset they are able to transform their ability into performances.”
Meanwhile, the visitors finished the third day on 322 for 6 with Mushfiqur Rahim batting on 81 while Mehedi Hasan unbeaten on 51.