Grateful Bangar reflects on productive coaching stint

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 12, 2019

"For Indian batsmen, who are not that tall and who play a lot on wickets with variable turn and bounce, footwork is a key component of batsmanship which allows greater control", Bangar said on the reasons why the wide stance, which was incorporated during Duncan Fletcher's stint, was done away with.

Asked if the rumours affected the team spirit in any way, Shastri said: "When a team is playing in this fashion over five years it is important that you get behind the team and be positive rather than try and create any trouble".

"With Rohit, we worked on his head position to overcome problems against incoming deliveries from right/left arm angles". In Pujara's case, we worked on reducing the width of his stance, and how he could be more upright. "I was vigilant as to how a player stays close to these basic foundations and also his individual style of play, through regular video footage and one on one discussions".

It was during his time that Virat Kohli consolidated his position as the best batsman in the world across all formats and Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan went from strength to strength as an opening pair. "It is to their credit that they worked tirelessly to unlearn old methods and learn new ones through constant repetition", he concluded. What was wrong with it? What went wrong with them?

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Batting coach Sanjay Bangar head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli at Lord

On Test specialists' Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay's indifferent form over the years, Bangar said, "Rahane missed out on converting a lot of 50s into 100s in the last 18 months and contributed in all our overseas victories in Johannesburg, Nottingham and Adelaide. I was happy for him that he eventually crossed the three-figure mark in West Indies, where he played a pivotal role in seaming conditions".

The Indian batting unit is filled with superstars. "Rishabh has surpassed all expectations in Tests. We worked on how he could play along the ground initially and strike rotation". However, Bangar said that he never faced any issues dealing with players since they built trust very quickly. Sometimes, it might be the junior most player in the team who may come up with a strategy that we hadn't even thought of, and we need to bring that to the table.

Talking about the rumours of him having a fight with selector Devang Gandhi he clarified, "The contents of that report were fictitious".

Cheteshwar Pujara had a awful start to the summer previous year in England, but managed to regain his form in the later part of the season and Bangar revealed that he had to work on Pujara's stance to get the batsman back among the runs.

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