Sanjay Bangar

Sanjay Bangar

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Sanjay Bapusaheb Bangar (born 11 October 1972, Bid, Maharashtra) is a retired Indian cricketer. He was an all-rounder and had represented India in Test and One Day Internationals.

Bangar began his career playing in the youth teams of Maharashtra and Bombay, but at state level he made his name representing Railways who he has played for since the 1993-94 season. He often opens both the bowling and batting for Railways due to his lively medium pace bowling and sound defensive batting technique.

In the 2000-01 season, Railways reached the final of the Ranji Trophy where they lost to Baroda. The following season, they went one better and defeated Baroda to win the competition. Bangar's performances had caught the eyes of the selectors and he was called up to the Indian squad for their matches against England in the 2001-02 season .

In only his second Test, he scored 100 not out against Zimbabwe at Nagpur batting at number 7. In the 2002 tour of England, he was promoted to open the innings at Headingley after some poor performances by Wasim Jaffer. He responded with his most important innings for India and made a patient 68 on the first day in an invaluable partnership with Rahul Dravid in difficult swinging and seaming conditions. Later on in the same match he also chipped in with two important wickets to set up a rare innings victory for India away from home.

Bangar was named as part of India's squad for the 2003 Cricket World Cup, but his performances for India began to tail off....
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