Former Indian all-rounder Sanjay Bangar has lavished praises on India’s domestic structure that has an enviable amount of depth. The same has reflected in the past couple of months as India continue to deliver outstanding performances in home and overseas conditions. Sanjay Bangar particularly admired Krunal Pandya, who had a stellar ODI debut on Tuesday.
Krunal Pandya was one of the debutants during the first ODI against England in Pune and starred through his all-round performances to script a 66-run victory. The left-arm spinner scored the fastest fifty by an ODI debutant – off 26 balls and picked up a wicket as India bowled out England for 251 after accumulating 317 runs in the first innings. Paceman Prasidh Krishna took four wickets, becoming the pick of the bowlers.
Sanjay Bangar said that Krunal Pandya deserved an opportunity for his exemplary performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2020-21. The former India batting coach believes that Axar Patel should be good enough for ODIs if he is excellent in Tests and T20Is. Bangar also believes that continuity is crucial in a player’s development and that any cricketer is settled if he gets chances regularly. Nevertheless, he hs no doubts about the options India has currently.
“Krunal Pandya richly deserves for his Vijay Hazare performances, having scored two 100s and picked up wickets and has got a chance. If Axar is good for a T20I and Test matches, then he should be good enough for 10-over or ODI cricket as well. I believe continuity is critical to any player’s confidence. If a player looks to get those opportunities on a regular basis, then he is settled when it comes to a crunch game and that one aspect has to be looked into. Apart from that, India has plethora of options available with them,” Bangar told Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
The IPL leaves a great foundation, first class set-up is absolutely fantastic: Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar also conceded that Indian cricket’s depth is phenomenal and it’s a testament to the IPL and the domestic structure. The 48-year old stated that one could be quite envious of the amount of talent India has and the bench strength in their armoury.
“India, with the depth of talent they have at the moment. It’s just a factory, the structure is so good. The IPL leaves a great foundation, first class set-up is absolutely fantastic. We have the quantity and we have the quality, so there are so many choices and at times, you feel envious of the amount of talent the team possesses, the bench strength,” he added.