Sanjay Bangar

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Sanjay Bangar
Indian Cricket team training SCG 2015 (16005493848).jpg
Personal information
Full nameSanjay Bapusaheb Bangar
Born (1972-10-11) 11 October 1972 (age 46)
Village-Bhayala, Beed, Maharashtra, India
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 240)3 December 2001 v England
Last Test19 December 2002 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 141)25 January 2002 v England
Last ODI24 January 2004 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
2008Deccan Chargers
2009Kolkata Knight Riders
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 12 15 165 112
Runs scored 470 180 8,349 2,560
Batting average 29.37 13.84 33.13 26.66
100s/50s 1/3 0/1 13/49 3/15
Top score 100* 57* 212 139
Balls bowled 762 442 21,837 4,264
Wickets 7 7 300 92
Bowling average 49.00 54.85 31.13 38.40
5 wickets in innings 0 0 9 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 1 0
Best bowling 2/23 2/39 6/41 4/35
Catches/stumpings 4/– 4/– 143/– 31/–
Source: CricInfo, 7 September, 2014

Sanjay Bapusaheb Bangar About this soundpronunciation  (born 11 October 1972) is a former Indian cricketer.[1] He was an all-rounder and had represented India in Tests and One Day Internationals. He was a Assistant Coach of Indian cricket team for a record consecutive period of over five years (2014-2019).

Early life[edit]

He was born in a village called Bhayala in Patoda, Dist Beed, Maharashtra, India to a Vanjari family.[2][3]

He completed his education from Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College, Ghatkopar.

Playing career[edit]

Bangar began his career playing in the youth teams of Maharashtra and Mumbai, but at state level he made his name representing Railways who he has played for since the 1993–94 season. He often opened both the bowling and batting for Railways with his medium-pace bowling and sound defensive batting technique.[4]

In the 2000–01 season, Railways reached the final of the Ranji Trophy where they lost to Baroda. The following season, they went one better and defeated Baroda to win the competition. Bangar's performances had caught the eyes of the selectors and he was called up to the Indian squad for their matches against England in the 2001–02 season.[5]

In only his second Test, he scored 100 not out against Zimbabwe at Nagpur batting at number 7. On the 2002 tour of England, he was promoted to open the innings at Headingley after some poor performances by Wasim Jaffer. He responded with his most important innings for India, making a patient 68 on the first day in an invaluable partnership with Rahul Dravid in difficult swinging and seaming conditions. Later on in the same match he also chipped in with two important wickets to set up a rare innings victory for India away from home.[6]

Bangar was named as part of India's squad for the 2003 Cricket World Cup, but his performances for India began to tail off, and he made his final appearance for his country in 2004, appearing in 12 Test matches and 15 One Day Internationals in all .He made important contributions to 7 test match wins for India.[7]

He later became the captain of Railways and led them to two major championships win, Ranji Trophy and Irani Trophy victory in 2004–05. He also led the Railways team to a Ranji Trophy One Day National Championship in 2005-06. Along with Vijay Hazare, he is only one of two players to score 6,000 runs and take 200 wickets in the Ranji Trophy.[8] He represented Deccan Chargers in the first IPL season. He played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2009 IPL.

In January 2013, Bangar announced his retirement after 20 years playing.[9] An article by Sanjay Bangar was featured in the 2012 book Rahul Dravid: Timeless Steel.

Coaching career[edit]

He had coached India A. He worked with the Kochi Tuskers as batting coach in 2010. He was in race to replace Pravin Amre as head coach of Mumbai cricket team.

In January 2014, Bangar was named assistant coach of Kings XI Punjab ahead of IPL 2014. Later he was promoted to head coach during the season and coached them to final, the Franchise's best IPL performance to date, where they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders.[10]

In August 2014, he was named batting coach of India after an embarrassing Test series defeat to England.[11] He was named head coach of India national cricket team for Zimbabwe tour in June 2016.[12]

After Anil Kumble was appointed as India's head coach for a one-year tenure starting with the tour of West Indies in July 2016, Bangar was reappointed as the team's batting coach.

Many Indian batsmen, including Virat Kohli, have openly credited Bangar for contributing to their growth. This article on Wisden India captures Bangar's influence in the Indian dressing room.

After Anil Kumble's exit as Coach of the team in June 2017, Bangar carried out the role of Interim Coach to India's tour of West Indies in June–July 2017. After Ravi Shastri's reappointment as Coach Of the Indian team, Bangar was promoted as the team's Assistant Coach till 2019.

Bangar's influence as a coach can be seen in the rising contributions of the lower order of Indian Team, as mentioned in this article on Scroll.In.

This article on Wisden India showcases the solidity of the Indian batting since the introduction of Bangar in the coaching setup. The batting unit has broken several records and over 100 centuries have been scored in a period of 3–4 years. Bangar talks about the process in an interview with The Hindu.

IN 2018,Indian team's tour to South Africa was a mixed bag with team losing the test series 1-2 but they bounced back strongly to win the ODI series by a record 5-1 margin, a feat not accomplished by any other Indian team. India lost a closely contested Test Series in England 1-4 and India's batting and Bangar's role came under criticism for unable to chase 4th innings target. However India Won a historic Test Series in Australia 2-1 ,thus ending the 2018 calendar year with rare 4 Overseas Test victories in South Africa, England and Australia. Batting played a major role in all these 4 Overseas Test victories.


  1. ^ "Bangar calls it quits, says "time is right"". Wisden India. 2 January 2013.
  2. ^ Jat Legends, Jat Samaj Mumbai.
  3. ^ Jat sports persons, Jat Mahasabha.
  4. ^ "Profile: Sanjay Bangar". Sky Sports. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  5. ^ Vasu, Anand (28 November 2001). "Indian team undergoes major revamp before England tour". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  6. ^ "3rd Test, England v India at Leeds, Aug 22-26, 2002". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  7. ^ Amol Karhadkar (1 January 2013). "Sanjay Bangar retires from first-class cricket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  8. ^ "An insomniac's dream". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Bangar calls it quits, says "time is right"". Wisden India. 2 January 2013.
  10. ^ Bangar named Kings XI's coach
  11. ^ Shastri named director of cricket for England ODIs
  12. ^ Bangar named India coach for Zimbabwe tour

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