Sanjay Bangar joined Punjab Kings again ahead of 2024 IPL


Sanjay Bangar joined Punjab Kings

Sanjay Bangar joined Punjab Kings, the IPL franchise Punjab Kings has appointed Sanjay Bangar as their new Head of Cricket Development for the upcoming 2024 IPL season.

This marks Sanjay Bangar’s return to PBKS after previously being part of their coaching staff from 2014 to 2016.

During Bangar’s tenure in 2014, PBKS (previously Kings XI Punjab) finished as runners-up, marking their best performance to date. Since then, they have not made the playoffs. Ahead of IPL 2024 season Sanjay Bangar joined Punjab Kings.

Sanjay Bangar joined Punjab Kings
Sanjay Bangar joined Punjab Kings

Coaching career in IPL

In January 2014, Sanjay Bangar served as an assistant coach for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL 2014 season. During this season Kings XI Punjab reached in final and Bangar was also promoted to the role of head coach. Unfortunately, they were defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders in the final. Bangar continued to serve as the coach for Kings XI Punjab for three years.

On November 9, 2021, he was appointed as the new Head Coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In that season, RCB reached Qualifier 2 but lost to Rajasthan Royals.

Sanjay Bangar joined Punjab Kings (PBKS)


Bangar said, “It’s my privilege to be with the Punjab Kings again. We have a solid core of players, evident from having the lowest number of players released this year. The challenge is to provide the squad with the best support during and after the season to strengthen the team and achieve success.”

Bangar served as the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2022 and 2023 IPL editions, although his contract was not renewed for the latest season.

Sanjay Bangar joined Punjab Kings
Sanjay Bangar discussed with Virat Kohli and du plessis during RCB match

Ness Wadia, the co-owner of Punjab Kings, in an interview with Cricbuzz. Stated “Basically, when Bangalore released him, we were very happy. So, it’s a homecoming of sorts in that sense. And we’re so happy that he’s come back, and he’ll be working with Trevor and everyone else. And his return is very much appreciated and welcomed.”

Bangar had issues with one of the owners, Priety Zinta, and the differences between them was widely reported. However, Wadia insisted that the decision to bring back Bangar was unanimous among all the promoters of the franchise. “We took the opportunity to hire him again, and the decision was unanimous amongst all the promoters. We all wanted Sanjay Bangar back because he was with us earlier when he started his career and now he’s coached for India. He had also been with RCB,” Wadia explained.

Punjab Kings’ most successful season was under Bangar in 2014 when they reached the final before losing to Kolkata Knight Riders. Since then, they have not made the playoffs of the IPL, often finishing in the bottom half. “We had the best season under him. I am sure he, along with Trevor and Shikhar, will take us to greater heights, which we truly deserve because we have a great team,” Wadia expressed.

Q. Who is the bowling coach of PBKS?

In the current year, Punjab Kings (PBKS) has appointed Charl Langeveldt, former South African fast bowler, as their new bowling coach. He also served as the bowling coach for both South Africa and Bangladesh.

Q. Who is the Punjab Kings owner?

Punjab Kings previously known as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) founded in 2008, the franchise is co-owned by Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta, and Karan Paul.

Q. Is Shikhar Dhawan playing IPL 2024?

Punjab Kings (PBKS) retained skipper Shikhar Dhawan, prominent pacers Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh, Jitesh Sharma and Sikandar Raza.

Q. Has PBKS ever won IPL?

The Punjab Kings have not won any IPL titles, only got the runners-up title against the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014 IPL edition.

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