Ex-Indian batsman, Sanjay Bangar has worked with the Indian national team as a batting coach for a period between 2014 to 2019.
Sanjay Bangar, who was recently offered a job of Bangladesh’s batting consultant by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has turned down the offer due to his prior commitments.
India’s former batting coach worked firstly as an assistant coach and then as the head coach of the Kings XI Punjab for three seasons (2014, 2015 and 2016). After being India’a batting coach for nearly five years, he was replaced by Vikram Rathour in 2019 to take up the prestigious job.
He was recently approached by BCB to serve as a batting consultant for their senior team in Tests ahead of their 2-match Test series against Australia in June.
Sanjay Bangar, after completing his tenure with the Indian cricket team is currently in a two-year contract with Star Sports as an expert and commentator.
His last assignment with the Indian team was the tour of West Indies 2019 post India’s Semi-Final exit in the ICC Cricket World Cup. His contract was then not renewed unlike the head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach B Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar.
The BCB approached the 47-year old after their white-ball team’s batting consultant Neil McKenzie refused to take up the role for all three formats.
After turning down the offer, Bangar was quoted as saying by the PTI, “They offered me the position eight weeks ago. But in the interim, I finalized my contract with Star Sports which gave me the opportunity to balance my personal and professional commitments. However, I look forward to working with the Bangladesh Cricket Board in the future.
With the statement, he told that he is keen and excited to work with the team in future.
A few highlights of his coaching career::
- Reaching the finals of IPL with Kings XI Punjab.
- Since 2014, Under is guidance Indian team has played every ICC tournament knockouts.
- Batting coach of the team with Test series win in Australia.
- Helping Virat Kohli after his career-low in 2014 England series