The former opener gushed over India’s embarrassment of riches as far as their overflowing bench-strength is concerned, terming the talent pool as a ‘factory’.
India’s bench-strength is currently the envy of the cricketing world with so many talented cricketers making the most of the elusive opportunity to showcase their skills at the elite level.
In the last 4 months, India has handed debut caps to the likes of Shubman Gill, T Natarajan, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ishan Kishan, Surykumar Yadav, Krunal Pandy, and Prasidh Krishna in different formats and the manner in which they have stepped up and taken the opportunity has made the world stand up and take notice.
Even in the ongoing white-ball series England, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav played stellar roles in their debut T20I games while in the first ODI, Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna did the same.
Bangar added that just like Australia of the 90s, Indian cricket currently can field two different teams in international cricket.
“There was a time in international cricket when Australia used to field two teams, Australia and Australia A. I remember a tournament which was held in Australia and actually, Australia were participating with two teams. So, India, with the depth of talent they have at the moment. It’s just a factory; the structure is so good,” Sanjay Bangar said on Star Sports.
Bangar also credited domestic structure and the Indian Premier League behind the development of such a strong talent pool.
“The IPL leaves a great foundation; the 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.