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ICC World Cup 2019: I Am Really Glad That Rohit Sharma Is Doing It For The Team On A Consistent Basis – Sanjay Bangar

What a fantastic knock it was once again from the willow of Rohit Sharma? He showed his class yet again to bag the fifth century in the ongoing edition of the ICC World Cup. During the course, he became the second Indian to score more than 600 runs in the single edition of World Cup after Sachin TendulkarMeanwhile, Sanjay Bangar showers words of praise on the Indian vice-captain.

Rohit Sharma has been in sensational form in the 2019 World Cup. This was his 5th hundred in only 8 innings. Rohit has now 3 successive hundreds in this World Cup. He had scored 102 against England on June 30 and 104 against Bangladesh on July 2.

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In the process, Rohit not only became the second batsman in the ongoing showpiece event to have 600, or more, runs but only the fourth cricketer overall to the significant landmark. Nonetheless, he joined Sachin Tendulkar in the unique list and became only the second Indian to the feat.

It was a remarkable consistency from Rohit Sharma –

Speaking of glorious achievements, the batting coach Sanjay Bangar is very happy with the consistency of the Indian opening batsman. He showered a few words of praise on Rohit Sharma, who not only scoring runs but also helping out his partners during tough times.

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“What is remarkable is the consistency (Sharma) has shown in this tournament because it’s very easy for any batter to rest on past laurels. But he has come out in each and every innings and started in the same fashion,” Sanjay Bangar said to the reporters.

He is helping out KL Rahul – Sanjay Bangar

Sanjay Bangar credited the success of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul to Rohit Sharma as well. He believes that the consistency of Rohit Sharma at the other end will certainly help his partners to play freely.

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“The way he has helped his partner at the other end, whether it was in the Australia game where he helped Shikhar (Dhawan) out of a difficult phase … now he is helping KL Rahul out in the middle and here he also flowered. So, that is all team work and I’m really glad that he is doing all this for the team on a consistent basis.”

All in all, it was a stunning knock from Rohit Sharma. It would be interesting to see how he approaches the semifinals and the finals of the tournament.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Sanjay Bangar Reveals Bhuvneshwar Kumar Was Fit for England Tie

With India bagging their loss at the ICC World Cup 2019 which came against England on Sunday (June 30), batting coach admitted the fact that paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar was fit for the game after recovering from the hamstring injury.

The senior fast bowler Bhuvneshwar has picked an injury during bowling against Pakistan at the Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16. Unfortunately, Bhuvneshwar managed to bowl just 2.4 overs before limping off the ground.

In two matches, Bhuvneshwar gave away 95 runs for his five wickets.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is fit:

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The assistant coach also conceded that the ploy of playing two regular spinners didn’t allow them to use Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, it’s pertinent to point out that the strategy has backfired with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal conceded 160 in 20 overs.

Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy plundered runs at will before Ben Stokes quickfire knock of 79 off 54 balls saw England easing past the 300-run mark.

“Bhuvneshwar was fit to play against England as well,” Bangar stated.

However, during India’s game against the Three Lions, the only change came in the form of Rishabh Pant, as Vijay Shankar struggled with a toe injury. Now, the Tamil Nadu-based all-rounder has been ruled out of the World Cup 2019.

Now, India is set to face Bangladesh in less than 20 overs in Birmingham. Team India management will be keen to see their bowlers doing best.

Recently, Mohammad Shami, who’s in the form of his life, has bagged a five-wicket haul. Now, he makes it 13 in three matches since starring with four wickets against Afghanistan.

Expecting a few changes:

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Following a 31-run loss, which also saw questions being raised on a slow batting, it’s expected Kedar Jadhav might be sidelined either for Dinesh Karthik or Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI.

Meanwhile, Bangar also maintained they could go with three seamers as well. Besides, it is subjected to conditions.

On Sunday, India found it difficult to take English bowlers to cleaners. The Men in Blue were chasing a formidable target of 338 runs.

Also, many slammed MS Dhoni’s approach at the fag end of the game when he even denied a single. Consequently, many believed Dhoni’s didn’t try event to go for big shots when the situation demanded.

India, in the end, managed 306 for five in 50 overs.

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Coach Ravi Shastri And Other Support Staff To Get 45 Day Extension Post World Cup

Indian head coach Ravi Shastri along with his support staff’s contracts are set to expire at the end of the world cup. However, they will continue in their positions for another 45 days post world cup.

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) are planning to hand an extension to the coaching staff. However, the CoA will start searching for suitable candidates for the positions after the mega event in England.

“After some discussion, the CoA decided that the contracts for the support staff can be extended by 45 days on an ad-hoc basis and that interviews of the support staff should be conducted after the World Cup,” the minutes of CoA meeting, said in BCCI’s official website.

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Currently Sanjay Bangar is working as batting coach for Team India. On the other hand, Bharat Arun is the bowling coach, while R Sridhar is the fielding coach.

The CoA already took the matter to Supreme Court’s notice back in March. However, the apex body clearly states the involvement of CAC.

Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) consists of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. However, the trio had already informed BCCI that they are not interested in the positions after conflict of interest cases filed against them.

As of today, the CAC remains disbanded. But according to supreme court, the CEO of BCCI will have the right to appoint team officials. Meanwhile, CAC will have the right to appoint new head coach for Team India.

Another interesting fact is Ravi Shastri and his staff does not have any contract extension clauses in their paperwork. All in all, it will be interesting to see how BCCI will approach in selecting new head coach for India.

BCCI appointed Ravi Shastri as coach for Team India after Champions Trophy 2017.

He was selected after Anil Kumble’s resignation from the position among controversial circumstances.

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The Indian cricket team have looked like strong contenders for world cup so far. They defeated both South Africa and Australia comprehensively. But tougher challenges in New Zealand and Pakistan wait for India.

The team are working hard as a unit. They displayed some quality cricket and were in complete control during their two wins so far. But New Zealand poses a stronger threat on Thursday. The Kiwis already won against India in the warm up games leading into the world cup.

But India will still remain favorites for the match despite Shikhar Dhawan’s thumb injury.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Sanjay Bangar Desires KL Rahul To Be Versatile ODI Player Like Dravid

Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar hopes KL Rahul to be versatile enough to open the innings for the team in the upcoming games.

After the thumb injury to Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul will be promoted to open again New Zealand. However, the young cricketer was expected to play a role at number four in this mega event.

But now he will instead partner Rohit Sharma at the top, at least for the next couple of games. On the other hand, Sanjay Bangar explained the challenges any player will face while playing different batting positions.

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He took the classic example of former Indian crcketer Rahul Dravid. Dravid had played in various positions during his ODI career. From opening the innings to playing in lower middle order, Dravid had played in almost all positions.

He was quite a versatile player and adapted to the batting positions as per the team’s need. Bangar is hoping that KL Rahul could take a leaf out of Rahul Dravid‘s career.

“The advantages of playing in various situations is that you understand the game a lot better. If you are batting in the middle order and suddenly you go and bat in the top order, then you know how challenging it can be, wherein you need to negotiate two new balls but you also understand that there are all these boundary opportunities,” Bangar said.

“So if a player is able to do that — and if you look across the history of the game, players have been very versatile, and here if you take (example of) his namesake Rahul Dravid back at the various positions, actually, it helped the team big time,” Bangar added.

KL Rahul did a commendable job against South Africa at number four.

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The batting coach went on to explain how each batting position will change the batting style. He once again quoted the example of how run scoring changes from top order to middle order.

“So if you are a top-order (batsman) and you get to bat in the middle order, then you get to know the challenges faced by the middle order,” Bangar said.

“There are a lot of big gaps out there in the field, and if you are in the top-order batting in the middle-order, you suddenly understand, okay, the balls which you would have hit for four in the first 10 or 12 overs, you only get a single”, the former all-rounder explained.

India are set to face New Zealand on Thursday in an important match. Both the teams are undefeated in the mega event. The Kiwis possess one of the strongest bowling lineups while India are more batsmen dominant team.

It will be an interesting battle and KL Rahul holds the key for India. His contribution at the top will ultimately play a major role for India until Dhawan recovers. India had already flown Rishabh Pant as a stand by to Shikhar Dhawan. The destructive player will start training with Indian team. If Dhawan fails to prove his fitness, Pant will be named as his replacement.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Sanjay Bangar Provides An Update On Shikhar Dhawan

Though the Board of Control for Cricket in India has called a cover for Shikhar Dhawan, they still want to wait for the final confirmation. They would like to have him at least at the business end of the tournament, which is denying them to officially announce the replacement.

Shikhar Dhawan is currently with physio Patrick Farhat as Team India wants the opener to be fit before the business end of the tournament. A final call on his availability is likely to be taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on upcoming Tuesday.

As per a report in TOI, the team has already shortlisted Pant as the ideal replacement for Dhawan. The wicket-keeper batsman is expected to join the team in England on the eve of the New Zealand match but wouldn’t be a part of the team immediately. His inclusion would materialise only when Dhawan is completely ruled out of the World Cup.

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10-12 days required – Sanjay Bangar

Speaking of the same, the batting coach Sanjay Bangar quoted that the final call on the stylish southpaw can be taken only after 10-12 days. They will assess him after the said time period.

“As far as Shikhar [Dhawan] is concerned, around the 10th or 12th day we’ll be able to assess,” Sanjay Bangar said ahead of the game against New

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In his absence, KL Rahul is expected to share the responsibility of opening the innings with Rohit Sharma while another player from the squad takes the No. 4 spot in the batting line-up. Most probably, it would be Vijay Shankar, who won be named at number 4.

All in all, it remains to be see how the Indian team management would operate things for the upcoming clash against New Zealand. If it gets washed out, they should make a key change for the high-profile Pakistan clash.

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ICC World Cup 2019: India are Not Obsessed With Smashing Boundaries in ODI’s Says Assistant Coach Sanjay Bangar

Team India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar is of the opinion that it won’t be a big problem for the Indian players to make the transition from T20 cricket to One day cricket when they take the field during the upcoming 2019 World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales. He said that the Indian batters must safeguard from play premeditated shots in order to survive and be successful in English conditions.

Sanjay Bangar stated that they are not obsessed with the number of boundaries they hit in an innings but are more focused on play a risk play cricket.

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“In T20, you’re all the time expecting what the bowler will bowl,” Sanjay Bangar was quoted as saying by Bangalore Mirror. “You end up planning beforehand looking at field placements… The go-to balls for most bowlers are analysed in detail. Batsmen start expecting such deliveries. In 50 overs where you have more time and are getting 300 deliveries instead of 120, you need to be mindful of not premeditating shots for the major part of the innings.”

The former India all-rounder further stated that the rhythm of batting added with match fitness and temperament will be key to the success for the Men in Blue in the showpiece event. Sanjay Bangar opined that Indian players needed to shift the focus to one day cricket for the moment as the IPL is all done and dusted. He also elaborated what sort of approaches they have applied in the 50 overs format.

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“We’ve our own internal parameters as to how to approach ODIs. If we come close to those parameters, we should be fine,” Bangar said. “What makes the Indian team unique is that it’s consistently playing risk-free cricket. And that’s because we emphasise on the ones and the twos. As a batting group, we are not obsessed over the number of boundaries we’ve hit. But we discuss strike-rotation a great deal. Which is why we’re able to eschew risks.”

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BCCI Likely To Advertise For India Coach Job As Ravi Shastri & Co Near Contract Completion

While all the eyes are on the upcoming World Cup, there is little denying that the contract of Ravi Shastri and his deputies are hogging quite a significant amount of attraction. The coaching staff will run out of contract in July this year after the end of the World Cup. Consequently, the BCCI will have to take a decision soon. Shastri was appointed in mid-2017 after the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy when Anil Kumble had sensationally stepped down as head coach of the team. Along with Shastri, the contracts of bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar will also expire at the end of this year’s World Cup.

Recently, media reports suggested that the Committee of Administrators can give an extension to all the four coaches up to November 2020, that is till next year’s World Twenty20 in Australia.

However, ESPNcricinfo has now reported that the BCCI is likely to advertise for the coach’s job.  The interview process will reportedly held between the time sandwiched between the completion of the World Cup and the tour of West Indies. The World Cup will end on July 14 before India leave for the Caribbeans for the series which is scheduled to start late July. The report claimed that after the interview, the BCCI will take a call on whether to appoint an interim coaching staff for the West Indies tour or whether to allow an extension to Shastri and his team.

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The final call on whom to appoint the coach will once be once again taken by the three-man Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. The trio has appointed the last two head coaches of the team.  The report also stated that Shastri will be a direct entry in the interview.

Ravi Shastri & Co. have done a fine job since taking charge in 2017. Earlier this year, India won their first-ever Test series and bilateral ODI series in Australia. The Men in Blue then won the ODI series in New Zealand 4-1. Last year, the team won ODI series and T20I series in South Africa before winning the Nidahas Trophy. It was followed by a T20I series win in England and a triumphant campaign in the Asia Cup.

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Currently, the team is No 1 in Tests and No 2 in the ODI and No 2 Twenty20 ICC rankings. today.

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Ravi Shastri And Other Coaches’ Contract Extended Till West Indies Tour: Report

Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri and his coaching staff are all set to keep its job till the tour of West Indies as COA has decided to retain the coaching staff for the series that will be played after the World Cup 2019, a report in Mumbai Mirror suggests.

As per the report, the board will follow the same procedure that they followed while appointing Shastri.

This will see the board putting an advertisement for the job and then former players applying for it.

It will take its time and also, team India might be distracted if BCCI decides to do it during the World Cup.

Hence, this can be one of the reasons behind Shastri and co being given the extension.

We understand that players are playing for their careers, says Bangar

The coach-appointment process will only start after the World Cup and hence, Shastri will keep his job by then.

He, along with Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun, will be given a direct entry into the race.

Shastri and Bharat Arun were not a part of the coaching set-up when Anil Kumble was the head coach.

Bangar has been part of the backroom staff right from 2014 and also performed the role of head coach on the tour of Zimbabwe in 2016.

The future of Shastri and his coaching staff will highly be impacted by team India’s performance at the World Cup.

Should India win the World Cup, the complete coaching staff might be rewarded and might be given a a long extension while the opposite can be the case if the team does not do well.

The performance of Men in Blue will have a big impact on the coaching staff.

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Also, it is a known fact that Indian skipper Virat Kohli shares a good rapport with Shastri.

His opinion will also have a say in it and Shastri will go in as a strong candidate whenever the process will take place.

For now, the coaching staff is on rest as none of the coaches is allowed to be part of IPL.

All the coaches will be following IPL closely to keep a check on players’ fitness.

Recently, Shastri had talked about it and had said that he will be following each and every game closely.

IPL 2019 starts on March 23 and will end on May 12. 10 days later, team India will fly to England on May 22 for World Cup.

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Ravi Shastri & Co. To Get Extension Ahead Of World Cup

Ravi Shastri and his backroom staff will run out of contract in July this year. Shastri was appointed in mid-2017 after the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy when Anil Kumble had sensationally stepped down as head coach of the team. And his contract alongside that of bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar will expire at the end of this year’s World Cup.

The Committee of Administrators is now all set to take a final call on the situation. According to Bangalore Mirror, the Supreme Court-appointed committee will meet in Mumbai on Monday and the extension for the support staff of Team India will be on the top of the agenda. The Vinod Rai-panel is reportedly keen to take a decisive call on the matter sooner rather than later. The report suggested that the CoA does not want to leave the matter to the last minute.

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There is also a chance that the CoA can give an extension to all the four coaches up to November 2020, that is till next year’s World Twenty20 in Australia.

The CoA and the support staff were set to attend a meeting together during the fifth ODI against Australia in Delhi last week. However, it did not happen although there was some communications between the administrators and Ravi Shastri. The report claimed that while the details of the conversation is not clear, Shastri seems to have communicated with CEO. In any case, the coaches want a quick decision on their future.

Shastri & Co. have done a fine job since taking charge in 2017. Earlier this year, India won their first-ever Test series and bilateral ODI series in Australia. The Men in Blue then won the ODI series in New Zealand 4-1. Last year, the team won ODI series and T20I series in South Africa before winning the Nidahas Trophy. It was followed by a T20I series win in England and a triumphant campaign in the Asia Cup.

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Currently, the team is No 1 in Tests and No 2 in the ODI and No 2 Twenty20 ICC rankings. today.

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India vs Australia 2019, 3rd ODI – Sanjay Bangar Highly Praises Virat Kohli

Sanjay Bangar, the batting coach of Indian national cricket team, highly praised the Indian skipper Virat Kohli for continuing his brilliant batting in the Ranchi ODI.

Chasing down the 314 runs target against Australia in Ranchi ODI on last Friday (8th March), India was under pressure at a very early stage as they were battling on 27/3.

Once again, Virat Kohli came to rescue the national team with his bat. Though India suffered a 32-run defeat in that match, Virat Kohli’s innings outran the match result. The Indian skipper played the magnificent and unforgettable innings of 123 runs off 95 balls. In that brilliant innings, Virat Kohli hit 16 boundaries and only over-boundary.

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However, his knock finally went in vain due to not getting enough support from the other batsmen. In that big chasing innings, only Vijay Shankar (32) was the other batsman to reach the 30-run mark. After the hard battle, India was bundled out for 281 runs (48.2 overs).

Dew factor was the key for India’s defeat

Talking about the match, Sanjay Bangar revealed that they decided to bowl first for the dew factor. However, there was no dew during the game. As the ball was keeping low and there was no dew, it was difficult for the host side to chase that big target.

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However, Sanjay Bangar further added that Virat Kohli’s batting gave them high hope. He feels that India could’ve won the match if Virat Kohli stayed in the crease till end.

Sanjay Bangar said after the end of the match, “The way he batted, we expected to chase down the target as the dew factor was the premise for opting to field first. Groundsmen reported that and because there was so much dew yesterday, we opted to chase.

“But today, since there was no dew, the target couldn’t be chased as the ball kept low and it became a factor. Virat wanted to convert every ball and he could have put pressure had he been around for some more time.”

Virat Kohli is setting an example for any aspiring youngsters

The Indian captain is regularly growing up higher in his game. In almost every international innings, he is breaking some special world cricket records and earning more achievements. The Ranchi ODI was his 41st ODI century and 66th international century.

The 30-year-old right-handed batsman has already scored 10,816 runs in 217 ODI innings with an average of 60.08. At present, he is the third highest ODI run-scorer for the Indian national cricket team.

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In the ongoing home ODI series against Australia, Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer. He has scored 283 runs in three innings with an average of 94.33. The right-handed batsman has hit two consecutive centuries in the last two ODIs.

Sanjay Bangar lauded the Indian skipper for his constant success. The Indian batting coach has claimed that Virat Kohli is setting an example for any aspiring youngsters.

Sanjay Bangar added, “He’s somebody who constantly looks out on an area for improvement and he does that on a regular basis. Probably that’s the reason why he has raised the game to such a level.

“The constant quest for excellence that Virat possesses is a phenomenal factor and it’s an example for any aspiring youngsters to follow.”

At present, India is leading the ongoing five-match home ODI series against Australia by 2-1 with two matches to go. They will play the last two games of the series at Mohali and Delhi on 10th and 13th March.

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