Sanjay Bangar opens up on his stint with the Indian team, No.4 conundrum, Ajinkya Rahane's form and more

Sanjay Bangar was Team India's batting coach for the past five years. He was replaced by Vikram Rathour last month
Sanjay Bangar opens up on his stint with the Indian team, No.4 conundrum, Ajinkya Rahane's form and moreSanjay Bangar opens up on his stint with the Indian team, No.4 conundrum, Ajinkya Rahane's form and more
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For the first time since his contract was not renewed, Sanjay Bangar has revealed the criteria for selecting the number 4 batsman for India in ODIs. Bangar, who was the batting coach of India for the past five years was replaced by Vikram Rathour last month. During his tenure, India tried various players at number 4 and have still found it difficult to figure out the correct man at that vital position.

Sanjay Bangar said, "The entire team management and selectors were part of the decision making for the No.4 spot. The choice relied upon current form, fitness criteria, whether he was a left-hander, whether he could bowl, etc."

Bangar, also also expressed his disappointment at not being selected as the batting coach.

"Being disappointed is a natural feeling, which lasted for just a few days. But I thank the BCCI and all the coaches Duncan Fletcher, Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri, for giving me an opportunity to serve Indian cricket for five years."

"I look back on the progress the team made since 2014 and being the No.1 in Tests for three years in a row with happiness. We won 30 out of 52 Tests played, 13 of them overseas. We also won consistently in ODIs in all countries. The only thing that eluded was the World Cup."

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."

"As far as Vijay goes, when a player is playing only one format, it adds to the challenge of immediately finding rhythm in international cricket if you are opening in tough overseas conditions."

After serving Indian cricket for five long years, Sanjay Bangar has said that he will not be taking up any overseas roles in the near future.

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