On Wednesday, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have announced the appointment of former Indian batting coach, Sanjay Bangar as batting consultant for IPL 2021. The Bangalore-based franchise shared the news on Twitter, expressing their delight with the inclusion of Bangar in the squad.
Tweeting about the inclusion of Sanjay Bangar, RCB wrote: “We are delighted to welcome Sanjay Bangar to the RCB Family as a batting consultant for #IPL2021! Welcome aboard, Coach!#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #NowARoyalChallenger.”
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— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) February 10, 2021
Bangar served as the batting coach of the Indian team between 2014 and 2019, before being replaced by Vikram Rathour at the start of the home season in September. The 48-year-old’s last assignment was the West Indies tour, following the conclusion of the ICC ODI World Cup 2019.
Sanjay Bangar has previously served for the IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) as head coach, having been initially appointed as the assistant coach. KXIP registered their maiden appearance in the final of the 7th edition of IPL, during the tenure of the former Indian cricketer. He continued with the franchise for three more seasons, before giving up on the role.
The 48-year-old will join Mike Hesson, the director of cricket operations for RCB, and Simon Katich, the head coach as a part of the coaching staff. The Bangalore-based franchise also has Sridharan Sriram as batting and spin-bowling coach, with Adam Griffith being the bowling coach.
RCB released 10 cricketers from their squad which includes five overseas players ahead of the player auction for IPL 2021 set to take place on February 18 in Chennai. The Bangalore-based franchise has traded in all-rounders Harshal Patel and Daniel Sams from Delhi Capitals (DC).