IPL 2023: RCB batting coach Bangar backs out-of-form MI and India captain Rohit to come good

Rohit was dismissed for a mere seven -- his fifth single-digit score on the trot in this IPL -- against RCB but MI had no trouble in chasing down the target of 200 with 21 balls to spare for a six-wicket win here on Tuesday.

Published : May 10, 2023 12:19 IST , MUMBAI - 2 MINS READ

Mumbai Indians batter Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the IPL 2023 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Tuesday, May 9, 2023.
Mumbai Indians batter Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the IPL 2023 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Tuesday, May 9, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI Photo/Kunal Patil
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Mumbai Indians batter Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the IPL 2023 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Tuesday, May 9, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI Photo/Kunal Patil

He may not have been closely working with Rohit Sharma. He is not even a part of the support staff of any team that Rohit is part of. But having been India’s batting coach for five years, Sanjay Bangar, the Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach, is definitely an authority to speak about Rohit, the batter.

Despite the Mumbai Indians captain continuing his lull in the Indian Premier League having been dismissed for his fifth consecutive single-digit score, against RCB on Tuesday, Bangar hoped it will not have a bearing on the World Test Championship final.

“He (Rohit) has been playing for such a long period of time and captaining in all formats for India and the franchisee as well, it does take an emotional toll. It is mentally taxing as well,” Bangar said.

“But he knows it, he has done it for such a long time. For the sake of Mumbai Indians and the sake of Indian cricket, we just hope that he returns to his run-scoring normal routine. It is very important for us (India) that he fires and does really well in the World Test Championship final.”

Bangar, though, couldn’t really pinpoint the reasons for RCB’s Indian batters’ lack of success this season. Barring Virat Kohli, none of the half-a-dozen Indian batters it has tried out have been able to deliver the goods so far.

“We were built in such a way wherein Maxwell, Faf, Virat and Dinesh were going to be the fulcrum of the batting unit and the younger players would play around them,” Bangar said.

“They are not progressing at a very good rate. Our younger batter Mahipal Lomror has been the one who has taken his chances well but Anuj Rawat and Shahbaz Ahmed, whenever they have gotten those opportunities, unfortunately, they haven’t been able to capitalise on it.

“But that’s the learning. You have to be patient with the younger players and expect that they will take their opportunities and churn out match-winning performances for the team.”

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