Sanjay Bangar’s work should be appreciated says childhood coach

Sanjay Bangar’s work should be appreciated says childhood coach

“Sanjay's elevation is like an endorsement from head coach Shastri," Joshi said.

Sanjay Bangar with Virat Kohli (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sanjay Bangar with Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former India all-rounder Sanjay Bangar has been around the Indian team for quite a long time now. He has fulfilled his role to the utmost as the batting coach of the team and that earned him a promotion. The former right-hander was recently named as the assistant coach of the team for until the World Cup 2019.

In August 2014, Bangar was named batting coach of India after an embarrassing Test series defeat to England. The all-rounder was not new to the job as he has previously worked with the India A team and IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers. Many Indian batsmen, including current Indian team skipper Virat Kohli, have often openly credited Bangar for contributing to their growth and success.

Sanjay deserves promotion

He works in the background and his achievements have not been in the limelight when compared to present India head coach Ravi Shastri or former coach Anil Kumble. However, he was happily and greatly appreciated by his childhood coach Kiran Joshi.

“Sanjay thoroughly deserves this promotion to assistant coach as his performance and results speak volumes of his efforts. He is a low-key personality, very easily approachable and his consistent hard work with the Indian team has paid off,” Joshi told Mid Day.

He was also appointed as the head coach of Indian national cricket team for Zimbabwe tour in June 2016. But after Anil Kumble’s appointment as the head coach, the former was reappointed as the team’s batting coach. “I expect Sanjay to stay as the batting coach, but his elevation has pleased me thoroughly,” added the 63-year old.

Shastri appreciates Sanjay’s efforts

The newly appointed head coach Shastri has been pretty adamant about his support staff. He was absolutely particular with the guys he needed to take the team forward. Shastri also played an important role in Sanjay’s journey and success when the former worked as the team director.

“Sanjay’s elevation is like an endorsement from head coach Shastri, a certificate from him on Sanjay’s contribution to the team. I am confident he will do full justice to his new role,” said Joshi.

Hi International career

The 44-year-old has represented India in 12 Tests and 15 ODIs. His international career doesn’t reveal much about his experience on the grand stage. However, his first-class numbers suggest otherwise, in 165 matches he has scored 8349 runs with a top score of 212.

“Once, he was not getting picked for India despite consistent showing in first-class cricket for Railways and Central Zone (in the Duleep Trophy) and Sanjay wrote to me to say, ‘Nothing can stop me from reaching my goal (to play for India).’ Such is his determination,” concluded Joshi.