Sport 24 – London – India may be one of cricket’s top one-day teams, but batting coach Sanjay Bangar has said they have work to do deciding their middle-order for next year’s World Cup in England.

Summary

  • London – India may be one of cricket’s top one-day teams, but batting coach Sanjay Bangar has said they have work to do deciding their middle-order for next year’s World Cup in England.
  • “Going forward, there’s still 16, 17 games to go (until the World Cup), we are looking at the games remaining where we could look at settling the middle-order slots,” Bangar told reporters at Headingley on Monday.
  • Veteran No 6 MS Dhoni came under fire for his strangely sluggish innings during India’s run-chase at Lord’s but Bangar defended the former captain’s approach by highlighting the match situation and the current composition of the side.
  • “When the team loses four wickets – at least in the one-day format with the combination we are playing at the moment – we do not really have the depth at number eight, nine and 10 where the batsman at number six, seven can play with that freedom,” Bangar explained.
  • After the one-dayers, India face England in a five-Test series crammed into some six weeks and Bangar added: “Also with the upcoming Test series coming, we never wanted to take any chances with Bhuvi.


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