India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar has backed MS Dhoni and expressed surprise that legend MS Dhoni is often criticized for his strike rate.Dhoni scored 42 off 31 in the match against England but was criticized for his intent in the death overs where the required run rate was above 10.
"I felt MS was striking the ball really well," Bangar said during the mixed zone on Sunday. "He had good intent. It is just that the English bowlers stuck to their task really well: they used the angles, and used the large boundaries to their advantage. When they were bowling to the shorter side of the boundary they were bowling a pretty good line.
"I didn't really find anything wrong in MS' innings. He was batting beautifully. He struck a few big blows. It is just that in the last 4-5 overs the difference between runs required and balls left just kept creeping up."
"Except for one-odd innings, he [Dhoni] has done the role," Bangar said. "We have already played seven games now? Five times out of those seven games he has done the role or the job for the team. In the South Africa game he stitched together a partnership of 70  with Rohit [Sharma]. After that what was required of him to go out there and accelerate against Australia, he did that. In Manchester, on a difficult track [against West Indies], he got a vital 58 [56*] for us.
Bangar also said that Rishabh Pant will continue to play at number 4.
“The team management will be open to various combinations which can be played at looking at the venue, dimensions and conditions. We're open to all combinations where the three seamers can play along with Hardik.