Youngsters made an impact on this tour: Bangar
Harare : It was far away from a cake walk for the Indian team against minnows Zimbabwe in the short tour, specially in the Twenty20s, but India coach Sanjay Bangar says the youngsters have managed to make an impact.
India survived a last ball scare last night in the final T20 to nail the series 2-1.
“Each one who got an opportunity created an impact. They made an impression and I think this experience will really stand them well going ahead,” Bangar said at the post-match press conference.
“Some of the boys would go to Australia with India A team and I think the selectors who were here for the entire duration and were watching each and every player very closely would have definitely earmarked players for the future from what they saw over here.”
Commenting on team’s comeback after losing the first T20, Bangar said, “When you lose the first match in a three match series the pressure only adds up. I think the way we came back in the second game and held our nerve in the third (was commendable).”
Responding to a question about the performance of young Indian batsmen, the India coach said, “I think T20 is such a game wherein it consists of so many decisions that have to be made under pressure (and) at times the decision that you make; go for a shot, if it comes off, it seems a terrific decision but if it doesn’t come off it again puts a question mark on the decision making so I feel that T20 is such a fast and dynamic game that you need to keep a bit of leverage and some time give opportunity to the younger guys. But all and all, I am pretty satisfied (with) the way they respond(ed) to various match situations.”
Impressed by Kedar Jadhav’s useful contributions in the few opportunities he got, Bangar said he showed his worth.
Jadhav scored 58 off 42 balls in the final T20 to shape the Indian innings.
“This was the only second time he could bat today and he played an amazing innings because he was having some issues as he wasn’t really feeling good but he hung in and the kind of innings he produced on a difficult track shows the quality of the player. He is doing all that he can in the opportunities that he is getting.”