Sanjay Bangar Biography
With some persistence, Sanjay Bangar could have provided balance to the Indian side in an era when all-rounders were rare to come by, but his Test career ended after a poor tour of New Zealand in 2002-03 — in a series where almost nobody did well. The two Tests on that particular tour were India’s only defeats in the 12 Tests Bangar played. Picked for the 2003 World Cup side, Bangar did not play a game. He did make a few ODI appearances after that tournament, the last one coming in 2004.
Despite having a Test hundred, Bangar will be remembered most for his gutsy 68 at Headingley — an exceptional display of temperament that was followed by two decisive wickets in England’s second innings. Two Tests later, at The Oval, he became one of the few Indians to open batting and bowling in the same Test.
A champion at domestic level, Bangar became only the second cricketer to achieve the 6,000 run-200 wicket double in Ranji Trophy after Vijay Hazare. He played an instrumental role in the emergence of Railways at the turn of the millennium, helping them to two Ranji Trophy titles, and more importantly, two Irani Trophies as well.
Bangar went on to become a successful coach after retirement: he was appointed coach of India A, but really came to limelight after having an excellent stint with an unheralded Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2014. In 2014 he was appointed assistant coach of the Indian ODI team during their tour to England.