Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar has said that swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag still has a chance of making a comeback in the Indian team.
Bangar, who is also India’s assistant coach, added that Sehwag has worked a lot on his fitness and if he is able to perform well in this year’s IPL, he’ll surely make his way back in the national game.
Yes most definitely, he can.
He is very motivated. He is working a lot on his fitness. He had a decent first class season, too. We were practising match situations yesterday and he was outstanding in that. As it is we all know, the kind of cricket he can play.
Bangar was also upbeat about his team’s chances in the upcoming season and made it clear that the team will look to build on the positives of the last season, where Punjab managed to reach the finals.
The good thing is all of our boys have been involved with playing the game at some level. Lots of them have done well in the domestic season, so it augurs well for the team. The Indian fast bowlers look in fine touch especially the likes of Shardul Thakur, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan.
If you see, the second half of IPL 2014 was clearly more about Indian players. Manan, Sandeep and Saha (Wriddhiman) did well in the knock-outs. We are not banking on any one individual to fire. It’s a team game and small contribution towards the end can actually make a major difference in the outcome of the game.
Bangar was part of Indian set-up for Australian tour for four months and is now working alongside leading Australia players for his franchise. When asked whether how does he see the role change, Bangar said the following stuff:
IPL is a different concept altogether and nowadays with this tournament, the gap between our players and foreigners have bridged quite a lot. We understand their culture, they have a fair idea of how our culture is. It has become quite easy. IPL is anyway for five or six weeks, it is about getting together in a short time.