Indian Cricket Team is “Coping up” Well – Sanjay Bangar

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Anas Baqai, Sports Editor, 6D

Port of Spain, Indian cricket Team’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar said that Anil Kumble’s resignation from the post of Head Coach has definitely left a vacuum in the team management. Though he also claimed that players are “coping up” well.

Sanjay was talking too the the media. His audio interview was shared by the BCCI with the media.

When Sanjay was asked about his reaction regarding resignation of Anil Kumble. Sanjay aid that all the senior players including Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Captain Virat Kohli had been very involved in mentoring the young players, helping them and guiding them to cope up with the pressure.

Senior players, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Captain Virat Kohli are mentoring the young players, helping and guiding them to cope up with the pressure.

Sanjay said, We are professionals and such things are part and parcel of any organisation where changes happen. The support staff and the players have shown a lot of professionalism in compartmentalising the issues and so far we have coped up really well.

“Everyone’s contributed towards it 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. But what is of paramount importance is that Indian cricket should keep moving forward and the performances of the team shouldn’t really be affected in any manner.”

There were a lot of positive results under him. We all know that the team enjoyed a lot of success.

“Anil was doubling up. 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 of 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, they’re doing a lot of work behind the scenes, they are guiding the players,” said Bangar.

Further speaking about the role of the senior players Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Captain Virat Kohli, he said, “It’s not only the coaching staff, the mentoring that senior players do and the exchange of ideas among them, there is a wealth of knowledge which the players benefit from.”
when Sanjay was asked, what defines the captain-coach relationship, Bangar stressed on trust. “It’s not only the coach and the captain, it’s also the relationship and trust between the coach and all the players. Basically, it’s a work in progress that requires a lot of time to earn the trust of the players. Once you do that, the job and the responsibilities of the coach become that much more easy. That is something that I’ve learnt to work with.”

Regarding some of the senior players’ future, Bangar was positive. He said, “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. 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 concluded.

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