5 Legendary cricketers who should replace Sanjay Bangar as India’s batting coach
One of the former cricketers joining the Indian team will do wonders.
Published - Jul 18, 2019 8:55 pm | Updated - Jul 18, 2019 8:55 pm
Following India’s loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited fresh applications for the head coach and support staff of the Indian cricket team. The current coaching staff – Ravi Shastri (head coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach), Sanjay Bangar (batting coach) and R Sridhar (fielding coach) – can reapply.
While the rest of the coaching staff has a chance to remain, Bangar’s position as the batting coach is in threat if the reports are to be believed. There is every possibility that he might be replaced after a decent stint at the helm and the Cricket Advisory Committee led by Kapil Dev will take the final decision.
Here we look at five cricketers who can replace Bangar as India’s batting coach:
1. Rahul Dravid
‘The Wall’ as he’s often referred to, has scored 13,288 runs at an average of 52.31 in 164 test matches. In 344 ODI matches, he has 10,889 runs. Rahul Dravid has worked closely with the head coaches of the national men’s and women’s team as well as the coaches for the developmental teams — India A, India U-19, India U-23 — to identify key training methods and areas for development.
He’s been the head coach of the India U19 team since 2015. Under him, the Indian colts had reached the final in 2016 and then the Prithvi Shaw-led team went one step further to lift the U19 World Cup trophy in January 2018.
The prospect of him remaining at the U19 level to groom the next generation of players while they are at their formative stages is a good idea. But there can be no harm for the Indian team to have him at the top level for a stint as he knows many of the young cricketers in Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant since their U19 days and who are most likely to be part of the senior team in the near future.
Highly regarded as the one with one of the best techniques since his playing days, Rahul Dravid’s immaculate gameplay can help the Indian batsmen tackle the challenges of foreign conditions especially the swinging conditions which led to their downfall in the World Cup semi-final as well.