Sanjay Banger joins RCB as batting consultant for IPL 2021

Former Indian batting consultant, Sanjay Bangar has joined Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as a batting consultant for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. The former Indian batsman will be working with Simon Katich and other coaching staff at RCB.

Bangar previously worked in IPL as an assistant coach in 2010 for Kochi Tuskers and  King XI Punjab in 2014. In 2015, he got promoted to head coach. Under his coaching, the Mohali-based franchise played its maiden and only IPL final. Banger continued with the franchise for three more seasons before giving up on the role to work with the Indian team.

Bangar first got appointed as batting coach for the national side in 2014 for a short stint. He was also India’s head coach for Zimbabwe tour in June 2016, eventually being replaced by Ravi Shastri. When Anil Kumble got the job of head coach, Bangar was reappointed as the team’s batting coach and continued untill India’s heartbreaking loss in the World Cup 2019.

After the World Cup exit, Vikram Rathour replaced Bangar in the Indian setup. Under Bangar, Virat Kohli enjoyed a remarkable run of form. Moreover, the batting performances from India in home and away conditions significantly increased across all formats. RCB will be hoping that Bangar is able to make similar impact during the upcoming 2021 campaign.

The arrival of Bangar will be hugely beneficial for Devdutt Padikkal as he looks to build upon a promising debut campaign last year. Banger will join a elite group of cricketing brains at RCB that comprises Mike Hesson – Director of Cricket Operations, Simon Katich – Head Coach, Sridharan Sriram – Spin-bowling Coach, Adam Griffith – Bowling Coach, and Shankar Basu – Strength and Conditioning Coach.

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