Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar has showered praise on Indian spinners for their fantastic performance in the recently concluded New Zealand T20I series.
Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team put up a great show against New Zealand in the home T20 Internationals series to win the series in a dominating manner by 3-0. Indian bowlers performed really well across all three games despite not getting a lot of help from the surface.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Bangar lauded the Indian bowling unit for their performance in the series, and he was highly impressed with the way finger spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin have bowled in the series.
“They have been very professional, they have been put under the pump a bit by the New Zealand openers but the way Indian spinners have responded in the middle overs has been fantastic. So, Ashwin and Axar Patel both bowling well in tandem has really worked well for the Indian team in the middle overs and when they were chasing,” Bangar said on Star Sports show Follow The Blues.
Bangar heaped praise on the opening duo of Indian T20I captain Rohit Sharma and his deputy KL Rahul and said: “I felt that the form that both the openers are turning out on a consistent basis has been really clinical for the Indian team performances in the series so far.”
Can’t Take Anything Away From Somebody Like Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Sanjay Bangar
Bangar also talked about the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the T20I team after getting dropped from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 playing XI and said that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is someone who can get crucial breakthroughs for India in the powerplay overs and put pressure on the opposition.
“Can’t take anything away from somebody like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who’s got his swing back because whenever he’s played and he’s bowled with that new ball, he’s got his swing back.
“The wicket that he took in the first match of Daryl Mitchell was a dream and it augers really well for the Indian team because he’s somebody who can give you those initial breakthroughs in the first six overs inside the powerplay and that sets any opposition on the back foot,” he further said.
Sanjay Bangar also lauded Harshal Patel for bowling amazingly well in the series; Bangar was highly impressed with the way Harshal used his variations in the two games he played. Notably, Harshal Patel made his India debut in the 2nd T20I game and won the Player of the Match award, and in the third T20I, he won the Game Changer of the match award as well.
“Add to that, how Harshal Patel took his chance in his debut match was really impressive because he’s someone who’s been known to rely a lot on his slow ball variations and in a match wherein there was a lot of dew.
“Despite that, he overcame that challenge and bowled really well with a wet ball and still used his variations, with cutters and slow bouncers. I felt that was a big plus for the Indian team as well,” he concluded.
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