Sanjay Bangar backs MS Dhoni: Five out of seven times he has done the job for us

Team India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar has backed MS Dhoni after many criticized him for his innings against England. He said that the veteran is doing his job for the side
Sanjay Bangar backs MS Dhoni: Five out of seven times he has done the job for usSanjay Bangar backs MS Dhoni: Five out of seven times he has done the job for us
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Team India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar joined Skipper Virat Kohli and many others in backing Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been criticized for his knock against England. He scored 42 off 31 balls against England at Birmingham when the team required 96 off 54 balls and was questioned by many for his lack of intent with Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav at the other end.

Addressing the press conference on the eve of the match against Bangladesh, Sanjay Bangar said, "I am surprised that this question continues to come up every now and then. He is doing the job for the team and overall we're very happy with the intent he's batting with. Except for one odd innings against Afghanistan (where he struggled to get going against the spinners) he has always performed his role. Five out of seven games he has done the job for the team."

He also cited instances from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in which his knock proved vital towards the team's cause.

"If you see in the earlier games, against South Africa he stitched together a partnership of 70 against Rohit Sharma. After that what was required of him against Australia he did that. In Manchester (against West Indies) on a difficult track he got a vital 56 for us. Here also (at Birmingham against England) he was striking the ball really well."

When asked if there was lack of intent from Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav towards the end, "I don’t think so, because if you look at the way they bowled towards the end, they used the dimensions really well and created difficult angles for our batters to hit. In those large boundaries and with the types of balls they were bowling - slower bouncers, a lot of into the wicket deliveries, slower balls. I just felt that maybe in the last one or two overs, the difference between runs required and balls left were a bit too much."

Bangar also felt the need for Rishabh Pant in the eleven, "The team management was feeling the absence of a left hander after Shikhar was injured. It was a ploy to use right-left combination in the middle overs to upset the bowling plans a bit. Because of that Adil Rashid couldn't bowl the number of overs he'd have bowled."

He also stressed the fact that the team management is open to various combinations at various venues, dimensions and combinations.

Team India will now take on Bangladesh at Birmingham on Tuesday, the same venue where they went down to England. A win here would help India seal the semifinal spot and have a shot at lifting the ICC World Cup 2019 trophy.   

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