Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar

Former India all-rounder and batting coach Sanjay Bangar was appointed as the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore, the IPL franchise announced on Twitter.

RCB appoints Sanjay Bangar as Head Coach

Bangar will be taking over the reins from Mike Hesson, who remains with the team in his existing role as Director of Cricket Operations.

“Royal Challengers Bangalore announces the appointment of Sanjay Bangar as head coach for the upcoming season. Bangar will be taking over the reins from Mike Hesson, who remains with the team in his existing role as Director of Cricket Operations. Hesson had donned an additional role of Head Coach for the second leg of the IPL 2021 in UAE,” RCB said in a statement.

Sanjay Bangar view

Bangar, who has previously worked with RCB as a batting consultant, said he would like to work towards fulfilling dream of RCB lifting its maiden IPL title.

“It’s an honor and great opportunity to serve such a great franchise in the capacity of Head Coach. I have worked with some exceptional and talented members in the squad and can’t wait to take this team to the next level.

There’s a lot of work that needs to be done with the IPL Mega Auctions and the season following it, but I’m sure that together with the continued support of the management and the support staff, we can deliver the goods and bring cheer to our fans across the globe.

“Our work has already begun in terms auction strategy. I would like to assure each of the RCB fans that we are committed to build a strong squad and we are committed to fulfil the long-cherished dream of winning an IPL trophy,” Bangar said.

Mike Hesson View

Hesson said Bangar was chosen as the head coach after a ‘robust’ and ‘rigrous’ selection procedure.

Mike Hesson and Virat Kohli
Mike Hesson(Right), Virat Kohli

“RCB has been committed to its philosophy of supporting and grooming talents from within the team and appointing Sanjay Bangar is the reflection of that belief. Sanjay Bangar has been part of our support staff as a batting consultant and brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and batting coach, having worked extensively with the Indian cricket team.

Sanjay has been chosen to be the head coach following a rigorous and robust selection procedure. We are confident that he will be able to bring his experience to the fore and maximize the potential of the squad. I congratulate Sanjay on this appointment and wish him all the best as we embark on this new chapter,” Hesson added.

With Hesson in his dual role as head coach and director of the side during the UAE leg of this year’s IPL, RCB reached the playoffs stage but lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator.