India bowed out of the semifinals of the ICC World Cup 2019 losing to New Zealand by 18 runs at the Old Trafford in Manchester. They had a bad day in business as the Men in Blues failed to chase down 240 runs set by the Kiwis. Soon after their defeat, assistant coach Sanjay Bangar has come under the scanner as few BCCI officials are unhappy with his work.
Bangar under the scanner
Bangar has been with the team since long but has failed to fix the middle order woes. There was confusion with no four batsman once as the management has was unable to zero down on one player for that spot. The general perception is that the bowling unit under coach Bharat Arun did exceptionally well in the last year and a half while the team’s fielding under R Sridhar has also improved a lot. However, the same cannot be said with the batting unit as the middle order has struggled time and again.
A BCCI official while speaking IANS said that the constant tinkering with the middle order had hurt the team’s combination not just in the World Cup but in the last few seasons. He also added the failure to find a solution to the same reflects a poor job done by Sanjay Bangar. The official stated Bangar’s decision-making will come under the scanner before taking any future call.
“It was a constant struggle,” the official said. “While we are all supportive of the players and they had a good tournament with the exception of this bad day in office (in the semi-final against New Zealand), the support staff’s processes and decision-making will surely be scrutinised thoroughly prior to any decision being taken about their future,” he added.
Furthermore, the official pointed out that it was not right from the part Sanjay Bangar to misguide the media personnel. Bangar revealed the Vijay Shankar has recovered from his injury while the injury ruled him out of the World Cup in the next morning.
“Also, it was pretty ordinary stuff when you had Bangar stating to the Indian media contingent that every player was available for selection when Shankar was ruled out early next morning on account of an injury sustained earlier on tour,” he continued.
Meanwhile, the Committee of the Administrators (CoA) has given the support staff 45 more days extension after which they will talk about the future plans.