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Sanjay Bangar, Virat Kohli
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Virat Kohli’s Alignment, Rohit Sharma’s Head Position – Sanjay Bangar Reveals How He Worked With Players

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.

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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.

Sanjay Bangar, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli

“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.

Credits to the players:

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.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli
Cheteshwar Pujara (Credits: Getty)

“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.

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

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.

India's Predicted Playing XI
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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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Sanjay Bangat (Image Credit: Getty Images)

“There Was No Heated Argument,” Sanjay Bangar On Reports Of His Argument With Selectors

There were reports of an argument between Sanjay Bangar and national selectors in the West Indies after he was dropped from the position of batting coach. Sanjay Bangar cleared that there was no such exchange of words with selector Devang Gandhi. He said all the claims of getting angry on Gandhi are wrong rather he talked him about the presentation.

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“It is fictitious. I had a cordial exchange with him three days after the selection process was over. It was related to my presentation. There was no heated argument,” Bangar told Sportstar.

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Sanjay Bangar (Image Credit: Google)

BCCI might question Bangar if head coach Ravi Shastri or outgoing team manager Sunil Subramaniam complain about it, a report says.

Vikram Rathour was given the first place for the selection of the Batting Coach and second was Bangar. Many were not in favour of Bangar to retain his position and it came to be true after the results.

Bangar, further, said that he was happy to leave the team with a strong middle-order in Test cricket. “I am happy to leave with a team that boasts of a strong middle order in Test matches. There is depth in batting now due to regular contributions from the wicket-keeper and the lower order. We need to strengthen our openers, especially in overseas conditions. There is little to worry on the bowling front. We have a rich collection there,” he said.

In 2014, Bangar became the part of the team as a batting coach. Under him, the team has seen success but his inability to find the no.4 under his coaching was questioned.

In his final try, he gave the chance to Shreyas Iyer and proved to be beneficial. Iyer might be given further chances in the team.

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BCCI will handover renewed contract to Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar whereas Vikram Rathour will be given new contract which will be valid till 2021 T20 World Cup.

Sanjay Bangar, Devang Gandhi

Sanjay Bangar Can Face Trouble For Involving In Heated Talk With Devang Gandhi

Sanjay Bangar, who is set to lose the batting coach post of the Indian national cricket team, has been reportedly involved in a heated talk with the national selector Devang Gandhi. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can take the action against him if the administrative manager or head coach files an official report along with Devang Gandhi.

Among the coaching staffs of the national team, only Sanjay Bangar is likely to face the exclusion. The head coach Ravi Shastri has already earned the contract extension for the next two years. Bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar are also ready to retain their post.

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But Vikram Rathour is likely to replace Sanjay Bangar for the batting coach role of the national team. If Rathour misses this opportunity for any reason, Sanjay Bangar can be the next choice for the batting coach post.

Vikram Rathour
Vikram Rathour (Image Credit: Twitter)

During the recent Caribbean tour, Bangar met Devang Gandhi in his hotel room and warned him that their decision to replace him will not work as the team is with him.

Sanjay Bangar, Devang Gandhi
Sanjay Bangar (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The BCCI is not happy with Bangar’s that kind of reaction. However, they have to follow the process to take any action against Bangar.

Devang Gandhi, Sunil Subramaniam and Ravi Shastri’s reports are crucial on Sanjay Bangar

At first, Devang Gandhi needs to report the BCCI officially about this matter.

A senior BCCI official recently told PTI, “In such a scenario, one needs to go strictly by the rule book. First and foremost, the man who Bangar is alleged to have insulted, the national selector Gandhi, he needs to officially report the matter.”

Then, the outgoing administrative manager Sunil Subramaniam needs to report it. Girish Dongre is likely to replace him soon for this post. However, Subramaniam was on duty during the Caribbean tour.

Also, the Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has to report Bangar’s incident. After these procedures, the BCCI can question Bangar.

The BCCI official added, “Outgoing administrative manager Subramanian, in his mandatory report, needs to mention the matter clearly. Last but not the least, head coach Shastri, Bangar’s reporting head, also needs to file it in writing that such an incident happened.

“If all these boxes are not ticked, then there is no question of placing it before the CoA (Committee of Administrators).”

During the Caribbean tour, the BCCI retained Ravi Shastri as the head coach. This retention happened after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) conducted the interview process.

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Later, the national selection committee conducted the interview process for the selection of the national team’s support staff. Recently, the BCCI has announced the shortlisted candidates for the support staff roles. Soon, the board will make the final announcement on this.

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BCCI Announces Shortlisted Candidates For Indian Team’s Support Staff, Batting Coach Likely To Be Changed

On Thursday (22nd August), the senior national selection committee members have completed the interview process to select the support staff of the Indian national cricket team. Later, on Thursday evening, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the names of three shortlisted candidates for each role.

The interview process ran from Monday (19th August) to Thursday evening at the BCCI headquarter in Mumbai. MSK Prasad-led five members committee conducted that interview process.

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Batting coach: Vikram Rathour is likely to replace Sanjay Bangar

A total of 14 candidates fought for the batting coach post, including the present batting coach Sanjay Bangar. However, in the selection committee’s final three shortlisted candidates, former Indian cricketer Vikram Rathour is ahead from Sanjay Bangar. The 50-year-old Rathour played six Tests and seven ODIs for India from 1996 to 1997. He played 146 first-class matches and 99 List A games in professional cricket career.

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Vikram Rathour (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rathour already served as a senior national selector till 2016 that was led by Sandeep Patil.

The present batting coach Sanjay Bangar is in the second position among the final three shortlisted candidates. During his ongoing tenure, most of the Indian batsmen have struggled to perform consistently. Also, his hard work wasn’t enough to find out the proper batsman for the no.4 position in limited-overs cricket.

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Sanjay Bangar (Image Credit – Getty Images)

The 49-year-old former English cricketer Mark Ramprakash is in the third position in the list of final shortlisted candidates. He played 50 Tests and 18 ODIs for England. Since 2012, he has coached various teams. From 2014 to 2017, he was the batting coach of England cricket team.

BCCI is likely to retain the bowling and fielding coaches

Meanwhile, the BCCI is unlikely to change the bowling and fielding coaches. The present bowling coach Bharat Arun is on top of the list of final three shortlisted candidates. The other two candidates are the former Indian medium-pacer Paras Mhambrey and the former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad respectively. A total of 12 candidates were present in the entire interview process to select the bowling coach.

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Bharat Arun (Image Credit: Web)

Under Bharat Arun’s tenure, the Indian bowlers have dominated in the world cricket.

Ramakrishnan Sridhar or R Sridhar is also likely to retain his fielding coach post. He is in the top position among the final three shortlisted candidates. Former domestic Indian cricketers Abhay Sharma and T Dilip are in the second and third position respectively. Nine candidates fought for this post.

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R Sridhar (Image Credit: Getty Images)

BCCI also revealed the shortlisted candidates for the other remaining posts

Nitin Patel, Andrew Leipus and Vaibhav Daga are the top three final shortlisted candidates respectively for the Physiotherapist post. The national selection committee took the interviews of 16 candidates for this post.

Nitin Patel was the former physio of the Indian national cricket team from 2007 to 2015. During his tenure, India won the ICC World T20 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

Since 1999 to 2004, Leipus spent as a physiotherapist of the Indian national cricket team. Recently, he left the physiotherapist role of the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) where he spent from 2008 to 2019.

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Andrew Leipus (Image Credit: Google)

A total of 24 candidates fought for the Administrative Manager post. The present manager Sunil Subramaniam will finish his role soon as he is not in the list of final three shortlisted candidates. He has recently faced controversies due to his inappropriate behaviour. The top three shortlisted candidates are Girish Dongre, Venkatesh Rajagopalan and Anand Yalvigi respectively.

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Moreover, 12 candidates were present in the interview for the post of Strength and Conditioning Coach. The selection committee has shortlisted five candidates for the next round of the interview process to assess their practical skills. The final five candidates are Luke Woodhouse, Grant Luden, Rajnikanth Sivagnanam, Nick Webb and Anand Date.

Earlier, the present head coach Ravi Shastri has retained the head coach position of the national team. According to the latest contract, Shastri will serve this post till the end of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

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Pravin Amre has backed the youngsters. Photo Credit: IPL.

Former India Batsman Pravin Amre Applies For Batting Coach Job: Report

Former India batsman and veteran cricket coach, Pravin Amre has thrown his hat in the ring to be team India’s batting coach as he has applied for the high-profile job, a report in India Today suggests. Amre is considered to be one of the best coaches in the cricketing circle who helped a number of cricketers to make their comeback to the Indian cricket team.

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Robin Uthappa, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and many others have worked with the former India batsman and he is all set to give a strong competition to Sanjay Bangar, the assistant coach of Indian cricket team.

Pravin Amre. MCA, Managing Committee, India, BCCI
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Recently, he took over as the batting coach of USA cricket team. He is also associated with IPL franchise Delhi Capitals and has also worked with Pune Warriors India. It was under Amre’s tutelage that Unmukt Chand-led India U-19 won the World Cup for the third time in 2012. Hanuma Vihari, a member of that World Cup-winning team, is now a member of India’s Test squad.

Many reports have suggested that Bangar is unlikely to be retained as the assistant coach and in that case, Amre can win the race to take over the job.

Apart from Amre, only J Arun Kumar is another candidate in the race. The former Karnataka batsman and coach, J Arun Kumar was also associated with Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2017.

The last date to apply for various posts is July 30th and till now, Bangar is facing competition from these two candidates.

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The present coaching staff will tour with the team to USA and Caribbean islands for the upcoming series as BCCI gave them an extension of 45 days. The process to appoint new coaches will begin soon.

Ravi Shastri,
Ravi Shastri (Image Credit: Google)

Ravi Shastri looks set to be retained as the head coach of team India. Bharat Arun has also done well and also looks set to continue the job of the bowling coach.

Under R Sridhar, fielding coach of Indian cricket team, India have touched new heights but he will get tough competition from Jonty Rhodes, who is regarded as the best fielder of his time.

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Sanjay Bangar Under The Scanner, Bharat Arun LIkely To Retain His Role

It seems like Bharat Arun is going to stay with the team as a bowling coach for his brilliant work in the recent past. The board is satisfied with the performance of Bharat Arun, under whom, the Indian Bowling raised to newer heights. Meanwhile, the batting coach Sanjay Bangar is under the scanner following India’s poor batting display against the Kiwis.

Sanjay Bangar, who has been the batting coach of India is under pressure after India’s debacle. Despite staying with the team for a long time now, Sanjay Bangar failed to settle the issues of the team in the middle-order department. The never-ending problem of the number 4 spot has been the major problem before heading into the tournament and it remained the same.

Bharat Arun has been phenomenal:

If those privy to the developments are to be believed, Arun could turn out to be a unanimous choice considering the performance of India’s pacers in all formats of the game.

Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar
, Bharat Arun. Image courtesy: web

“In the last 18 to 20 months, the work put in by Arun has been phenomenal. The current Indian attack is considered to be the best in the longest format. Mohammed Shami back at his best and (Jasprit) Bumrah’s consistency are a few things Arun must get credit for. It’s up to the selectors but they might find it difficult to replace him,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Friday.

Sanjay Bangar failed:

According to reports, the BCCI is unhappy with the way Sanjay Bangar dealt with India’s middle order. The Men in Blue crashed out the Cricket World Cup after their semifinal defeat to New Zealand at Old Trafford.

Sanjay Bangar, Rohit Sharma
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“Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been performing much before Bangar came into the fray. He has no role in their success. However, his job was to create a few solid options in the middle order and we have seen in the World Cup that he has failed miserably in that,” the official added.

R Sridhar was also brilliant as a fielding coach:

Meanwhile, Jonty Rhodes, who has been brilliant as a fielding coach also applied to the role of fielding coach. He has achieved tremendous success and the CV of him is certainly impressive. However, the board would acknowledge the services of R Sridhar.

R Sridhar, ICC World Cup 2019
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“Rhodes is a big name and his candidature can’t be ignored. However, this also needs to be taken into account that how the team’s fielding performance has been,” the official said.

Well, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for Sanjay Bangar. For now, the support staff handed a 45-day extension post the World Cup.

Sanjay Bangar, Virat Kohli
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Five Cricketers Who Can Replace Sanjay Bangar as Team India’s Batting Coach

Soon after the twelfth edition of the ICC World Cup 2019, the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) has opened the window for the new applications regarding the chief coach and support staff for Team India.

Meanwhile, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri alongside batting coach Sanjay Bangar and bowling coach Bharat Arun respectively can reapply for the post after their tenure saw the extension for at least 45 days including the fielding coach, R Sridhar.

Following a stinging loss against New Zealand in the recently-held World Cup semi-final at the Old Trafford in Manchester, the BCCI is looking for a way forward for the paradigm shift.

The reports suggested that there are plenty of chances that Bangar might lose his spot despite a good record in his CV. Former cricketer Bangar had played a pivotal role for the Men in Blue in recent years.

The Maharashtra-based 46-year-old Bangar had represented India between 2001 and 2004. Bangar had featured in 15 ODIs and 12 Tests for India.

Meanwhile, in every possible situation, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) presided by Kapil Dev will be ready for the pronouncement following the deadline of July 30.

Let’s look at the five cricketers who can replace Sanjay Bangar as Team India’s batting coach:

Stephen Fleming:

New Zealand
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The former New Zealand skipper has vast experience as a coach. The star cricketer had been the part of three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as a coach. Kiwis veteran had featured in 280 ODIs and 111 Tests for his national team to amass 7000 runs and 8037 runs respectively across both formats.

Under his leadership, CSK had won the coveted titles in 2010 and 2011 before winning the title after two-year hiatus.

Having a reputation as a coach, Fleming had excelled in challenging conditions. So, he is one of the following cricketers who could play a crucial role for Team India, particularly as a batting coach.

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Ravi Shastri (Credits: Getty)

BCCI Set To Invite Fresh Applications To Appoint Head Coach; Ravi Shastri Can Re-Apply

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to begin the process of hiring a new head coach as it will soon invite the applications for the post. As per a report in PTI, the advertisement for the position will be uploaded on the board’s website soon.

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Presently, the Indian tam’s coaching staff comprises of head coach Ravi Shastri, assistant coach Sanjay Bangar and bowling coach Bharat Arun. Shastri will have to re-apply for the position if he wishes to be in the fray for the job.

Rest of the former players are also expected to throw their hats in the ring to become the highest-paid coach in the cricketing circle. Ravi Shastri was appointed as the head coach of team India in July 2017.

Sanjay Bangar, Rohit Sharma
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He brought Bharat Arun as bowling coach while Sanjay Bangar was elevated to the post of assistant coach. Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhat were also given contracts by BCCI. Though they left their jobs after World Cup 2019.

For now, Shastri and co will travel to West Indies with the team and the process is expected to be completed by the end of the series.

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It will be for the third time that BCCI will appoint a head coach following a formal procedure of inviting applications for the job. The process was started in 2016 when Anil Kumble won the race and leapfrogged Shastri for the job.

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A year later, Kumble resigned from the job after his contract ended. Shastri did not apply for the post at first and only joined the race after BCCI re-opened the applications – following Kumble’s resignation.

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman selected Shastri, who had previously worked as team director from 2014 to 2017.

However, all three former legends are not expected to pick up a coach this time due to conflict of interest issues. A few days ago, a report in Mumbai Mirror had suggested that Kapil Dev might head CAC to select the new coach.

He, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy had selected WV Raman as the head coach of the women’s team last year.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Sanjay Bangar Might Get The Axe Following India’s Batting Failure

Everything was going right for the Indian team in ICC World Cup 2019 but then came the stunning stroke from New Zealand, which saw Virat Kohli-led side walking away from the tournament. Meanwhile, the batting coach Sanjay Bangar is under the scanner following the India’s poor Batting display against the Kiwis.

Sanjay Bangar, who has been the batting coach of India is under pressure after India’s debacle. Despite staying with the team for a long time now, Sanjay Bangar failed to settle the issues of the team in the middle-order department. The never-ending problem of the number 4 spot has been the major problem before heading into the tournament and it remained the same.

It was a constant struggle:

According to reports, the BCCI are unhappy with the way Sanjay Bangar dealt with India’s middle order. The Men in Blue crashed out the Cricket World Cup after their semifinal defeat to New Zealand at Old Trafford.

Sanjay Bangar
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A senior BCCI official told IANS that constant meddling of the middle-order hurt the team’s challenge for the trophy, something which Bangar couldn’t solve.

“It was a constant struggle,” the official said. “We are all supportive of the players. They had a good tournament with the exception of this bad day in office (in the semi-final against New Zealand). The support staff’s processes and decision-making will surely be scrutinised. Thoroughly prior to any decision being taken about their future,” he added.

It was ordinary stuff from Sanjay Bangar:

Further,  the source quoted that the statement from Sanjay Bangar was ordinary when he was questioned regarding the injury concern of Vijay Shankar. The official felt that things were not aligned in a proper way.

Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul
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“Also, it was pretty ordinary stuff. When you had Bangar stating to the Indian media contingent that every player was available for selection. But Shankar was ruled out early next morning on account of an injury sustained earlier on tour. Things have been somewhat disorganised. Especially, when it comes to the assessment of performances of the support staff being made by people who were keen on having select individuals continue in their positions,” he further added.

Well, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for Sanjay Bangar. For now, the support staff handed a 45-day extension post the World Cup.

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