Team India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar has come to Dhoni’s support following his unacceptable knock of 37 runs in 59 deliveries during the 2nd ODI game at the Mecca of Cricket. The 37-year-old received a barrage of boos from the Indian spectators who had turned up to watch the enthralling competition at the Lord’s cricket stadium.
The intent that he displayed on the field from ball one is something that has further fueled up the emotions of cricket fanatics. Dhoni crossing the 10,000 run mark and taking 300 catch-outs in ODI cricket was nowhere in the news, following his innings of 37 runs in his 10 overs of play, which is hailed as the potential reason behind India’s loss in the vital contest.
Sanjay Bangar to the rescue!
Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal had come out in support of the Indian legend. Head coach Ravi Shastri hasn’t made any remark on the former skipper’s performance in the game, but assistant coach Sanjay Bangar hurried on to Dhoni’s defence.
“With the combination, we are playing, we do not have the depth at numbers 8,9 or 10 and when you lose a couple of wickets, it becomes really difficult to bat with that sort of freedom. Due credit to the England bowlers, they didn’t allow us to score any boundaries in that period and that was the reason the run rate kept climbing up,” said the assistant coach.
The 45-year-old further added,” He was just hoping someone would bat with him and we were just hoping that he could bat till the 40th over and take the bowlers on. But, every time he looked to do that, we lost wickets. First, there was Raina and then Hardik, and there was no batting to follow for him to do the usual stuff he does.”
Sanjay Bangar’s view on India’s middle order conundrum
Team India’s middle order is going through a rough patch at the moment. Assistant coach Sanjay Bangar feels the lack of international cricket played by the middle order batsmen, as a probable reason for the players failing to lay a foundation in the middle.
“The way our top order is batting, our middle order hasn’t got the opportunities as the top order is doing the bulk of the scoring. At times, they straightaway walk into the game situation. Mind you, not all of them are playing all the formats of the game, so you have to give some weight to that,” said Bangar in the pre-match conference held before the final game at Headingley.
KL Rahul’s failure in the ongoing ODI series while batting at 4
After scoring a ripper century in the 1st T20i game, KL Rahul went back into his den and failed pitiably under the gruelling situations. Considering his calibre while playing at the international level, it was a shock to see him sulk with every passing game of the tour.
“Obviously the plan was to have a left-hander batting in the middle order. That is the reason why Raina was picked ahead of Dinesh. We did change a bit in the T20 format, where KL batted at 3 and Kohli at 4. Looking at this series and the performances that Virat has got at 3, especially in the last series, he scored 3 hundreds versus South Africa in 5 games,” said Bangar in the interview while addressing the change in KL Rahul’s position.
We can do nothing, but hope, that the ongoing Dhoni dispute comes to an end, with a victory in the final game of the series. Considering his immense fan following across the nation, a loss would make it all the more easier for the Indian public to blame it up on the Indian legend.