Sanjay Bangar is a former Indian cricket player who was born on October 11, 1972 in Beed, Maharashtra. He was a right-handed Batsman and a right-handed fast bowler.
His primary role in the team was that of an All Rounder. Sanjay is the second player in the Ranji Trophy history to have both 6000 runs as well as 200 wickets to his name, the first being Vijay Hazare.
Sanjay started cricket as a hobby and later took it professionally. He played for local teams of Mumbai and Maharashtra at school level.
His First Class debut came at a late age of 21, for Railways in the 1992-93 season. He continued to play for the same team for ten long years before he had his call to the national squad.
His performance in the 2000-01 season greatly impressed the national selectors and he was selected in the national team for the England series in 2001.
Bangar made his debut against England in December, 2001.
He failed to make a mark in the match and managed to score only 36 runs off 110 balls.
He tried his hands at bowling as well but failed to get any wickets. The match was won by India by 10 wickets and Sanjay was dropped from the team thereafter.
Rise to Glory
Sanjay managed to score a century in 2002 against Zimbabwe and the match was won by India.
He was also given a chance against England in the ODI series and he did not perform great, but was definitely better than the Tests. He scored three fifties in tests and one in One Day Internationals.
Following his average performance, he was dropped from all teams and headed back to Domestic Cricket.
He captained the Railways in the 2003-04 season to a victory in the Ranji Trophy, which has been the Top Performance of the team until now.
Post 2003 World Cup, Bangar played only few matches and never returned to the national team after 2004.
However, he continued to play for Railways until 2014 but the age factor came into play and he gave up as a cricketer in 2014.
Sanjay Bangar has played for two teams in the Indian Premier League. In 2008, he was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders and in 2009, he was the member of the Hyderabad Deccan Chargers. His team won the IPL in 2009 but that was his last appearance in club cricket as a player.
Sanjay retired from all forms of cricket in 2014. He took coaching as a profession and started as the Head Coach of India A.
He had also coached Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2010 and had helped Kings XI Punjab to reach the final of the 2014 IPL.
After having such successes as a coach, he was appointed as the Batting Coach for Team India in 2016. He has been performing well at that position and thus has been assigned the task until 2019 World Cup.