Former India batting coach, Sanjay Bangar opines that Team India should revert back to their traditional batting style if the new aggressive approach doesn’t work in the next 3-4 games.
India was 20/3 and then 48/4 against England on Friday in the first T20I in Ahmedabad. The top order batted with attacking intent and in the process lost their wickets – most notably Virat Kohli, who hit to mid-off while trying to clear the fielder, and Shikhar Dhawan who was bowled by Mark Wood while playing a big slog.
“There were talks in the pre-match interview that they want to take the aggressive approach and increase the depth of batting. If you want to play aggressively from the first ball, then you will come to know if this tactic is suiting the team once you play 3-4 matches like that. If it doesn’t suit them, they should come back to the winning formula,” Sanjay Bangar told Star Sports.
To imply this approach, Virat Kohli had added batting depth by playing Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, and Shardul Thakur – three bowlers who are better with the bat than the rest of the bowlers in the squad, however, this meant someone like Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar needed to be left out.
Sanjay Bangar reckons if India wishes to continue with the same style of batting then these players will feature in the eleven regularly.
“Yuzevndra Chahal will play in all matches but Axar Patel and Washington Sundar were played because they have the ability to bat. This is where I feel India will have to think. Yes, if they want to play with this thinking, they will have to play continuously with this team,” explained Bangar.
Indian batsmen will have to think about how England bowled: Sanjay Bangar
The 48-year-old former batsman says that the hosts should once again be wary of England’s pace bowling, who were terrific with their lines and lengths and bowled with the high pace without going much for the slower bowls to restrict India for a paltry total.
“They will have to think about how England bowled. The England pacers will bowl in the same fashion, bowl around 140kph and will not give width and use the short ball well. The side boundaries are big here. So that tactical awareness will have to be kept and rework will have to be done to prepare for the next match,” Sanjay Bangar further added.