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Void present, but team has coped with Kumble’s departure well: Bangar

Void present, but team has coped with Kumble's departure well: Bangar

The Champions Trophy is done and dusted, performances have been dissected for a close study, analytical copies have been written and Indian cricket has moved on from the loss in the final to Pakistan, reaching the shores of the Caribbean where they are participating in a five-match ODI series against Windies.

“We are professionals and such things are part and parcel of any organisation where changes happen. The support staff and the players have shown a lot of professionalism in compartmentalising the issues and so far we have coped up really well,” said Bangar, who went on to add that the team has been focused on the task at hand.

“Everyone’s contributed towards it (ensuring the harmony of the team) and as I said earlier, when you part ways it’s never easy. You need to accept that at times such things are going to happen, have happened in the past. But what is of paramount importance is that Indian cricket should keep moving forward and the performances of the team shouldn’t really be affected in any manner,” he added.

“Yes, Anil was doubling up (as the bowling coach). There were a lot of positive results under him. We all know that the team enjoyed a lot of success. The void, there is definitely a bit a lacuna but the experience that this team possesses – when you have a Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli, who’ve played close to 700 international games, they’re doing a lot of work behind the scenes, they are guiding the players. It’s not only the coaching staff, the mentoring that they (the senior players) do and the exchange of ideas among them, there is a wealth of knowledge which the players benefit from,” he said.

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