India batting coach and former cricketer Sanjay Bangar has stepped down as Kings XI Punjab head coach after joining Indian Premiere League (IPL) franchise as the assistant coach in 2014.
“I submitted my resignation in the last week of November. They [KXIP] came back to me around the second week of December. I was totally engrossed in the [England] series and that is the reason why I sort of waited till the end of the series,” Bangar said.
Sportzwiki has learnt that former India opener Virender Sehwag might be his replacement for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL).
It becomes pertinent as Sehwag has been mentoring the players in the camp since 2014 alongside Bangar.
“For the last two seasons we didn’t get the results we wanted. It was time to move on and let fresh ideas come in,” Bangar said.
After his stint, Bangar expressed his gratitude to the team owners and players before calling the journey “fabulous” and looked satisfied with his teams’ overall performance.
“It gives me immense satisfaction to see the players whom I picked – from when they were in their formative years – to benefit from the exposure. There are a number of players who were able to showcase their talent like Manan Vohra, Sandeep Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, who weren’t getting the opportunities. Axar Patel, who was last IPL’s best young cricketer, went on to play for India,” Bangar added.
Kings XI Punjab finished at the bottom of table under his coaching in the last two seasons.
“It is a very profit-driven model where cost has to be managed, the dynamics of the auction need to be understood and manage a large group of players in a short time. Those are the valuable lessons I have learnt,” he said.
In 2014, Kings XI Punjab made it to the maiden IPL final under the tutelage of Sanjay Bangar. He was then reportedly being involved in an argument with team co-owner Preity Zinta after a streak of losses, last season. However, both downplayed the questions over altercation.
“It is a professional set-up. The IPL is a model which is run on producing results. In the course of the tournament, there are debates and deliberations. You take certain decisions and there are some which are right and there are some which don’t go your way. It is all a part and parcel. We as professionals need to accept this thing,” Bangar was quoted as saying to the Hindustan Times.
The 44-year-old Bangar was also named as the assistant coach for national side in 2014, alongside former cricketer-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri as the team director.
“I am not in talks with any other franchise as of now. I will weigh my options,” concluded Bangar, who decided to quit the IPL franchise last month.