Sanjay Bangar ended his five-year tenure with the Indian cricket team this month as former opener Vikram Rathour replaced him as India's new batting coach. Bangar has said that he won't be taking any offers outside India immediately. The former batsman says that he will use this much needed break to "reflect, refresh and reinvent."
"I have been travelling for five years, I don't think I may take up roles outside India immediately," Bangar told Cricbuzz on Wednesday. He said that despite being the only person among Ravi Shastri's coaching staff who lost his place when their contracts were renewed, he does not have negative feelings about the situation and instead views his tenure at the helm with pride.
"Being disappointed is a natural feeling, which lasted for just a few days. But I thank the BCCI and all the coaches, Duncan (Fletcher), Anil (Kumble) and Ravi (Shastri), for giving me an opportunity to serve Indian cricket for five years.
"I look back on the progress the team made since 2014 and being No. 1 in Tests for three years in a row with happiness. We won 30 out of 52 Tests played, 13 of them overseas. We also won consistently in ODIs in all countries. The only thing that eluded us was the World Cup," he said.
One of the biggest criticisms that came Bangar's way after India's exit from the World Cup was the lack of a concrete option at the number four position in limited overs. During the tournament, KL Rahul played in the position and after the injury to Shikhar Dhawan, it was Vijay Shankar who was played in that role.
"The entire team management and selectors were part of the decision making for the No. 4 spot. The choice relied upon current form, fitness criteria, whether he was a left-hander, whether he could bowl, etc.," he said.