India vs New Zealand: Can’t draw conclusions after one failure, says Sanjay Bangar

first_imgIndia’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar has brushed aside concerns surrounding an unsettled middle-order and said the eight-wicket thrashing against New Zealand in Hamilton on Thursday should only be seen as an aberration.Bangar also said the performance in Hamilton has given them an opportunity to reflect on what needs to be done right in the lead up to the Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England.Bangar’s comments come after India were bowled out for their lowest-ever total in New Zealand (92) on Thursday. India missed captain Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the last two ODIs and the subsequent T20I series, and MS Dhoni due to an injury.In their absence, India struggled against Trent Boult & Co. in Hamilton wherein there was a bit of assistance for the pace bowlers. After a rare failure from the top-order, Ambati Rayudu, who is being looked at as India’s No. 4 for the World Cup, failed to trouble the scorers. Senior batsman Dinesh Karthik also fell for 0 as India lost their last eight wickets for 59 runs.”It [Hamilton ODI] also gives us an opportunity for us to reflect. In case, we lose out on a couple of players due to fitness issues… the World Cup is going to be a long tournament… play nine games [in the group stage]. Players are going to get injuries, some will miss out. So it gave us a reflection on how the team will cope up if players are injured,” Bangar told the media on the eve of the fifth ODI.advertisementBangar added: “We were found wanting in that sort of situation in the last game. But these players are quality players. Even in the previous game, Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik stitched a partnership of 82 (77 not out) to finish the game. So we can’t draw any conclusions after one odd failure.”India’s middle-order has finished games more often than not: BangarBangar though conceded that the Indian middle order has a lot of players who play only one format of the game and that it’s not easy for them to hit top form after a prolonged absence from international cricket but pointed out that they had done the job for the team, more often than not.Bangar also played down India’s over-reliance on its top-order, saying the team’s success is due to the consistent scoring form of its top three Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma.”You want the best batsmen to play the maximum number of balls. That has been the reason for our success. The middle order doesn’t really get the opportunities for them to get into their groove,” Bangar said.He added: “This is also one of the series where our top-order hasn’t got a hundred. It has given a lot of time for our middle order to go out there and spend time. If you see in Sydney [Australia series]… MS got a lot of time to bat with Rohit Sharma. They [middle-order batsmen] have finished games whenever they got an opportunity.”It’s not that the middle order hasn’t performed when they had a chance. More often than not, whenever it has been put in a difficult situation, it has delivered. Maybe the last match [Hamilton ODI] was an aberration.””Some guys are playing only one format of the game. It’s not that all these guys are playing international cricket throughout [a season].”I feel that if you’re playing all formats of the game, it’s easier to come and play international cricket straightaway. We are trying to balance out opportunities and give them enough game time. There are going to be times when a player might not get five to six games in a row.”Also Read | Fit-again MS Dhoni set to return for 5th ODI in WellingtonAlso Read | New Zealand opener Martin Guptill doubtful for 5th ODI vs India due to lower back injuryAlso Read | Team India sweats it out in Wellington ahead of 5th ODI against New ZealandAlso See:last_img

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