Sanjay Bangar likely to be axed as batting coach of Indian Cricket Team after semi-final exit versus New Zealand in 2019 World Cup
Indian Cricket Team’s assistant coach or the de facto batting coach- Sanjay Bangar, has been under the scanner and is likely to be axed from his position post India’s semi-final exit from the 2019 Cricket World Cup, reports suggests.
Team India’s middle order has, for quite long been heavily scrutinised especially for letting the team down on a constant basis whenever the Top 3 batsmen have failed to deliver. A failure to address the same throughout the World Cup campaign, might be the prime reason that might lead to an end in contract for the 46-year-old.
As per the general discussions, bowling coach Bharat Arun, along with the fielding coach R. Sridhar, have lived up to their expectations in the last year and a half. But, the same cannot be said for Bangar, and the fact that India could not find a fixed batsman at No.4 has not impressed the BCCI at all.
Constant chopping and changing in the middle-order hurt the team- BCCI Official
During an interaction with the news agency IANS, a senior BCCI official said that the constant chopping and changing in the middle-order was something that had hurt the Indian team not just in the World Cup, but over the last couple of seasons.
Also, Bangar saying that all-rounder Vijay Shankar was fit just before he was ruled out has also been taken note of.
“It was a constant struggle. While we are all supportive of the players and 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, commented the official.
“Also, it was pretty ordinary stuff when you had Bangar stating to the Indian media contingent that every player was available for selection when Shankar was ruled out early next morning on account of an injury sustained earlier on tour”, added the official.
Advises from Tendulkar, Ganguly, and Laxman were completely ignored- BCCI official
“The present administration set up including the senior employees were all at sea with cricketing decisions and at the same time were ignoring the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) – comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman – completely and that’s a shame,” the official said.
Moreover, sources also state that a couple of Indian batsmen had too seek advises from former Indian batsmen to work upon their flaws.
“Without taking names, it is well documented that a couple of current team members have spoken about how they approached some of the former India batsmen to help them erase flaws in their batting when they were having issues scoring runs,” the source told IANS.
The Indian coaching staff, including chief coach Ravi Shastri, have been handed a 45-day extension after their contract ended with the 2019 World Cup.