Vastavam web: Ajinkya Rahane’s performance will be vital to India’s chances of a good show in South Africa but the Mumbaikar will “surely be disappointed” with the kind of dismissals he has had of late, said Indian team’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar.For someone with best overseas average among the current crop of Indian players, Rahane is going through the most miserable patch in his six-year international career with modest returns of 7 runs from 4 innings in the current series.
“He (Rahane) would be disappointed in the manner he got out. He is somebody who works hard on his game, like all players do. May be last match (trying to square cut off- spinner Dilruwan Perera) and this match (stumped off Sandakan), he erred in shot selection,” Bangar said at the end of the first day’s play of the third Test against Sri Lanka.For Bangar, Rahane’s calling card should be the runs that he has made in England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa on previous tours.
“He is one of the few players who has scored in every overseas country we have toured. That shows the quality he possesses. He is a quality player who has always performed when the chips are down for the team. He will be hurting with the kind of dismissals he has had but he is too good a player to not score runs for a long time.” “I think a coach should be consistent in his interactions with a particular player. Every player wants to work on a certain aspect of his game and raise the bar. Irrespective of a player’s form, our preparation is similar. As far as confidence is concerned, if any player is not in good form, it also depends on his attitude whether negative thoughts have crept in or not.
“We have to ensure how one can counter and transform the negative thoughts into positive ones. These are things we discuss. The hunger is same in all players,” Bangar explained.