Former India coach Sanjay Bangar talks about no.4 batsman, future plans

Team Management, Selectors Were Part Of Decision-Making Process For No.4 Spot In ODIs, Says Former India Coach Sanjay Bangar

Sanjay Bangar, Virat Kohli
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Sanjay Bangar was the only member of the Ravi Shastri’s coaching staff who did not get his contract renewed after it came to an end post the series against West Indies. Bangar, who completed five years as team India’s batting coach, was replaced by former selector Vikram Rathour.

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One of the major reasons behind Sanjay Bangar losing the race was his inability to find a number four batsman during his stint. The hunt continues even as India played the semi-final of World Cup 2019. It might end on Shreyas Iyer, who batted at number five in West Indies, after the backing of Ravi Shastri.

Sanjay Bangar, Devang Gandhi

While talking about team India’s unsolved number four puzzle, former assistant coach Sanjay Bangar has said that he wasn’t the sole decision-maker for that position and the entire coaching staff had a say in the process.

“The entire team management and selectors were part of the decision making for the No. 4 spot. The choice relied upon current form, fitness criteria, whether he was a left-hander, whether he could bowl, etc,” Bangar told TOI.

After Yuvraj Singh’s final international match in 2017, Indian skipper Virat Kohli backed Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu to solve the number four woes but in the end, none of these two made it to the World Cup squad. At WC, three batsmen batted at number four position.

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KL Rahul stared the proceedings but moved up the order after an injury to Shikhar Dhawan. Vijay Shankar was then entrusted with the job. He was also ruled out of World Cup after three matches and in the end, Rishabh Pant took the responsibility.

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He continued to bat at that position in West Indies ODIs but is likely to be dropped in the batting order when India play ODIs in December.

Apart from talking about number 4 batsman, Bangar also said that he will not be taking up coaching roles outside India immediately. Although a report in TOI had earlier suggested that he will be appointed the batting coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore for next IPL.

“I have been travelling for five years, I don’t think I may take up roles outside India immediately,” Bangar said.

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The contracts of the present coaching staff will run from September 2019 to November 2021, when the next T20 World Cup will be played. Apart from Ravi Shastri, BCCI renewed the contracts of bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar.


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