Former Indian all-rounder Sanjay Bangar aims to make an impression as the Punjab Kings’ Head of Cricket Development. This is his second tenure with the squad, and supporters are excited to see how his experience and expertise will affect the team’s progress.
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From 2014 to 2016, Sanjay Bangar was the Head Coach of the Punjab Kings, and he significantly affected the team’s performance. Bangar is excited to begin a new chapter with the franchise as the Head of Cricket Development.
How will it all work out?
Bangar will not work alone. He will collaborate closely with Head Coach Trevor Bayliss. Bangar’s cricketing acumen and Bayliss’ coaching skills promise to be an interesting mix that might influence Punjab Kings’ future.
The next IPL auction in Dubai on December 19 will be one of Bangar’s earliest hurdles. Strategizing and choosing the correct players will be critical to the team’s success in the future season. Fans are eager to see what moves Bangar makes to bolster the Punjab Kings’ roster.
Bangar’s experience in IPL
Sanjay Bangar had played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore before joining the Punjab Kings. He began as their batting consultant in 2021 and quickly rose to the position of head coach over the next two seasons, working with Director of Cricket Mike Hesson.
The Royal Challengers made the playoffs in two of the three seasons under his leadership, demonstrating Bangar’s influence.
Bangar has almost a decade of coaching expertise in his current post, including two spells as the Indian team’s batting coach. His knowledge of the game and the complexities of player development make him an invaluable addition to the Punjab Kings.
Bangar’s first stint with Punjab Kings saw the team have its best-ever season, becoming runners-up to Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014. However, the next two years were difficult as the squad was at the bottom of the standings. Bangar now hopes to contribute to the team’s long-term success in a new capacity.
Punjab Kings deliberately moved before the IPL auction by releasing five players, including famous names like Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Shahrukh Khan. Bangar and the club management have a purse of INR 29.1 crore to construct the squad for the forthcoming season, with eight positions open.
PBKS fans are hopeful that things will get better with his involvement. With such a record, Bangar’s return starts a new era for the franchise.