After getting drubbed in the first two Tests, the Indian batsmen have finally found a way to score runs against England bowlers in the ongoing Test series. India’s performance with the bat in the third Test has been satisfying as the team first amassed 329 runs in the first innings and then made a solid start in the second innings.
Sanjay Bangar the assistant coach of Indian team talked about the small changes in technique made by Indian batsmen in this Test while interacting with the media. Speaking about Dhawan who looked solid in both innings and was instrumental in providing a good start in both innings, Bangar said the left-hand batsman has reduced his bat speed which allowed him to play the ball late. This slight adjustment enabled him to have more time to play the stroke and make lesser mistakes.
According to Bangar, KL Rahul reacted after the ball’s movement which is an important aspect while negating swing. Bangar also observed that Rahul played a lot on the back-foot.
The former Indian player was full of praise for Ajinkya Rahane who scored his first half-century of the series in the first innings of the third Test. Infact Rahane’s gritty knock of 80 runs provided the much-needed flourish to India’s innings and he offered able support to Virat Kohli who scored 97 runs.
Bangar said that Rahane came to bat with a clear mindset and looked positive. Bangar spoke about the little things that reflected Rahane’s confidence. He pointed out that Rahane’s feet were moving well and he was getting into good positions while playing his shots.
The Indian assistant coach admitted that he was surprised by the six Rishabh Pant smacked on the very second delivery he faced. Bangar said that Pant is a confident cricketer and has tremendous faith in his abilities. He also added that the spunk was evident in Pant’s batting.