Team management and selectors were part of decision making for the No 4 slot: Sanjay Bangar

Bangar's five-year stint with the Indian team as batting coach ended after the West Indies tour.
Team management and selectors were part of decision making for the No 4 slot: Sanjay Bangar Sanjay Bangar was made the scapegoat for India's failure to groom player for No4 slot. (Photo: Twitter)
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Sanjay Bangar will no longer be the part of Team India after overlooked for the post of batting coach which was ultimately handed to Vikram Rathour. Bangar's five-year stint with the Indian team as batting coach ended after the West Indies tour where India won the T20I, ODI, and Test series without breaking too much sweat.

Speaking to The Times of India Bangar rewinds the clock and speaks about hi stime with Men in Blue  "I look back on the progress the team made since 2014 and being 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 us was the World Cup,".

The 2019 World Cup in England saw India losing to New Zealand in the semi-final. The main taking point of the loss was the team's inability to find a player suitable for No 4 position, which ultimately cost them a place in the final.

The fact that India tried players Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul and finally Rishabh Pant for the much-debated position, all the players blew hot and cold without having a great impact.

 "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." said  Bangar, who was made the scapegoat for India's failure to groom someone for that role, revealed,

India's next assignment will be against South Africa at home and Bangar won't be a part of the dressing room, but the former Railways player looks at the time to reinvent himself 

"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. This break gives me time to reflect, refresh and reinvent," he said.

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