Anil Kumble’s departure has left the Indian team coach-less. Sanjay Bangar has been given the reigns for the West Indies tour until the BCCI can find a suitable successor for Anil Kumble. While everything on the field has been going pretty smoothly for India, the off field issues have cast a dark blot on the functioning of the Indian cricketing system.
Sanjay Bangar was on the hotspot today during the pre match press conference, where he had to answer a few important questions regarding the future of Indian Cricket.
When asked about Kumble’s departure, Bangar said that everyone was a bit bemused for sure, but they are dealing with things as professionals, and are completely focussed on the task at hand.
“We are professionals and such things are part and parcel of any organization where changes happen. The support staff and the players have shown a lot of professionalism in compartmentalizing the issues and so far we have coped up really well,” Bangar said.
“Everyone’s contributed towards ensuring the harmony of the team and as I said earlier, when you part ways it’s never easy. You need to accept that at times such things are going to happen, have happened in the past,” he added.
Bangar was quick to reply when questioned about Dhoni’s and Yuvraj’s spot in the team, saying that everyone values the experience that these two bring to the table.
Yes, Anil was doubling up (as the bowling coach). There were a lot of positive results under him. We all know that the team enjoyed a lot of success. The void, there is definitely a bit a lacuna but the experience that this team possesses – when you have a Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli, who’ve played close to 700 international games,” Bangar said.
Bangar also said that these two are motivated enough to be playing for the country for a long time. With their fitness levels and their experience they should be able to continue until the 2019 World Cup.
“It all boils down to the fitness part. If you’re fit and capable of delivering. You saw in the match against Pakistan, how the experience came to the fore – In the last eight overs we scored 108 runs and that wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of Yuvraj Singh,” he said.
Even when we were four down at Cuttack, it was the experience of Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, who got two big hundreds and put us on a score of 360. They have done these things in the last four or five months and if they manage to keep themselves fit, motivated – and I can definitely vouch that they are very motivated to play – you can only stand to benefit from their continued presence in the team,” Bangar added