Sanjay Bangar heaped praise on Dhoni for mentoring youngsters in Zimbabwe
It was meant to be a cakewalk for the young Indian squad against minnows Zimbabwe on such a short tour, particularly in the Twenty20s, but that didn’t happen. However, interim coach Sanjay Bangar claims the youngsters have been able to make an impact as captain Dhoni mentored them beautifully.
India had to endure a last ball scare in the final T20 to win the series 2-1.
“Each one who got an opportunity created an impact. They made an impression and I think this experience will really stand them well going ahead,” Bangar said at the post-match press conference.
“Dhoni had a lot of interactions with players and made that effort to go out and mingle with them and probably invited them for dinners. He went out of the way to make them feel comfortable. He shared his experiences with the younger guys probably emphasizing on how to handle pressure under match situations and the things that are required to be done.
“Dhoni, fantastically, passed on the tradition of Indian cricket because these youngsters are the future of Indian cricket and the way he shared his experiences was very similar to how the earlier generation used to pass on the knowledge and experiences just to make younger players feel comfortable in the dressing room.”
He is also very much optimistic about the future of these young Indian players. “Some of the boys would go to Australia with India A team and I think the selectors who were here for the entire duration and were watching each and every player very closely would have definitely earmarked players for the future from what they saw over here.”
Speaking about India’s comeback after losing the first T20, Bangar said, “When you lose the first match in a three match series the pressure only adds up. I think the way we came back in the second game and held our nerve in the third (was commendable).”
While expressing his view about the performance of young Indian batsmen, the caretaker India coach said, “I think T20 is such a game wherein it consists of so many decisions that have to be made under pressure (and) at times the decision that you make; go for a shot, if it comes off, it seems a terrific decision but if it doesn’t come off it again puts a question mark on the decision making so I feel that T20 is such a fast and dynamic game that you need to keep a bit of leverage and sometimes give opportunity to the younger guys. But all and all, I am pretty satisfied (with) the way they respond(ed) to various match situations.”
Quite impressed by Kedar Jadhav’s useful contributions despite having very few opportunities, Bangar claimed he showed his worth. Jadhav scored 58 off 42 balls in the final T20 to shape the Indian innings.
“This was the only second time he could bat and he played an amazing innings because he was having some issues as he wasn’t really feeling good but he hung in and the kind of innings he produced on a difficult track shows the quality of the player. He is doing all that he can in the opportunities that he is getting.”
Bangar also believes age doesn’t really matter these days as most of the guys are keeping themselves very fit and maintain great work discipline.
He also found Axar Patel is developing fast into a useful all-rounder.
“Throughout the series, he kept the pressure on and probably he was the most economical bowler. I don’t really know the exact stats but he was very consistent and maintained that pressure not only through his bowling but also with the way he fielded, the number of catches he took and the way he finished the innings.
“He is proving to be good developing player at number seven or number eight, who is capable of playing good shot and I feel that’s very encouraging for Indian cricket.”
Bangar is also full of praise for the way seasoned MS Dhoni handled the Indian youngsters.