Well, Sanjay Bangar was the only unfortunate candidate in the previous coaching staff, who failed to get the retention by the board. The principal negative point of Bangar was his inability to find a perfect number 4 batsman for the team, which certainly made an impact in ICC World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, he revealed how he worked with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and other sto get things right.
In an interview to The Times of India Bangar talked about varied topics during his role as the batting coach of the team and later assistant coach, giving insights on how he worked with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and others to iron out their technical issues.
Virat Kohli looks to iron out deficiencies – Sanjay Bangar
With Virat Kohli, Sanjay Bangar worked the alignment of Virat Kohli against Seam bowlers and spinners, especially, in overseas conditions. It yielded a fruitful result, as he did well in England and South Africa. Meanwhile, with Rohit Sharma, Bangar worked on the head position of the batsman for inswinging deliveries.
“Virat always looks to iron out deficiencies,” Bangar told TOI. He elaborated “We worked on his alignments, positioning on the crease, his approach in seaming conditions. With Rohit, we worked on his head position to overcome problems against incoming deliveries from right/left arm angles,” he said.
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Further, he added that Shikhar Dhawan used to be dominant on offside but the change in stance has helped him to get various shots in his kitty. Apart from him, he also worked with Cheteshwar Pujara, who shortened his stance. However, Bangar credited players for making things fall in place.
“Shikhar was initially considered to be an off-side player, he used to stay beside the line of the ball. We worked on how he could get behind the line and open up scoring areas and overcome his dismissals against the short ball. In Pujara’s case, we worked on reducing the width of his stance and being more upright. It is to their credit that they worked to unlearn old methods,” he added.
Vikram Rathour replaced Sanjay Bangar in the side. Rathour was among the 3 shortlisted from the list and was finally selected for the position after he beat the likes of established names on coaching circuit like Mark Ramprakash and Pravin Amre as well as former England batsman Jonathon Trott.