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Sanjay Bangar retires from first-class cricket

Amol Karhadkar

January 1, 2013

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Sanjay Bangar hits out during his half-century, Punjab v Railways, Ranji Trophy Elite League, 4th round, Mohali, December 2, 2011
Sanjay Bangar has called time on his first-class career © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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Sanjay Bangar, the former India allrounder, has retired from first-class cricket, bringing to an end a career that spanned over 20 seasons. He announced this decision when his team Railways failed to qualify for the quarter-finals after defeating Bengal in their final Group A match in Kolkata.

"At the start of the season, I thought about giving it another shot. But having not qualified for the quarterfinals, that was it for me. Winning Ranji would have been ideal. We missed out narrowly on making it to the knockouts. But it has been a very satisfying season and a satisfying journey," Bangar, who is the oldest player in the Ranji Trophy this season, told ESPNcricinfo from Kolkata.

He shocked his Railways teammates by breaking the news after their victory against Bengal. "The decision was made today. After we came to know about the Saurashtra result, which meant that even a victory won't be enough for us to progress, then I made up my mind," Bangar said. "When I told the teammates, they were not ready for it. They were slightly taken aback but that's fine."

Bangar played 12 Tests and 15 ODIs between 2001 and 2004. Besides playing a crucial role in securing Railways' maiden Ranji title in 2001-02, and then repeating the feat in 2004-05, Bangar was instrumental in converting the team from also-rans to serious title contenders in the domestic circuit. The man from rural Maharashtra, who shifted base to Mumbai only to pursue his dream of playing cricket as a teenager, had, thus, no regrets looking back at his career.

"Overall, it's been a very satisfying journey. Played for the country, contributed to winning Test matches away from home. Winning five [domestic] championships for Railways. Making Railways a force to reckon with. I cannot ask for more. No regrets at all," Bangar said. "It's ended on a good note as well. Even though it was disappointing to have missed out narrowly on qualifying for the knockouts, it feels nice to have crossed the landmarks of 8,500 runs and 300 wickets [in first-class cricket]."

Though it was "too early" for him to mull over his future, Bangar promised to be involved in the game. "I will surely be associated with cricket in some way or the way. Let's see how it turns out."

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Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 4, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Services need to rebuilt there team as they have loss many players in recent years. Services should recruit Rayudu, Dinesh Kartik, Iqbal Abdulla, Shami Ahmed, Abu nechim, Jivanjot Singh and Baba Aparjith. As it will help the team in transition and built the reputation, just dont play with any players, Please built strong team we want to see railways winning too.

Posted by RajeshNaik on (January 4, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

A hard working cricketer to be admired by everyone. Gentleman!

Posted by Prijani on (January 3, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

I also remember his batting won us a chase against West Indies. In this Match, Mr.Sanjay Bangar had scored a quick fire half century. We all knew him as a test batsman, but in that match he had shown some of his lofted shots as well. With now new ODI rules, we would need such medium fast bowling all rounders more.

Posted by madaboutcricketabhijit on (January 2, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

I still remember as a teenager watching Sanjay Bangar's gritty knock of 68 against England at Leeds. All the limelight was taken away by Dravid/Tendulkar/Ganguly, but Sunil Gavaskar did make a special mention of his knock in post match show. Cheers Sanjay, for a wonderful career.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

a very Simple Human being.......And a good all rounder!

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 2, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Great Carrier Sanju Bhau, hoping that you should take umpiring as your next job as there are not good Umpires in India. Some good players like you should come forward and represent our country on International level.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

Wonder why he was not selected earlier for India. He made small but decent contributions in the limited chances he got to play for India. He could have played for 2 more years for India. However, after Ganguly who did everything to make India win, cricketers like Bangar, Badani, Irfan, Dinesh Mongia, Uthappa, Balaji, Nehra, Gavaskar, etc were not in favour anymore for various reasons. And in Bangar we failed to do what srilanka does - use bits and pieces players so that they become confident and helps side balance. Hope you take up umpiring or some such role.

Posted by 123cric on (January 2, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

How many cricketers would have started their test career touching feet of their idol, what i have read Sanjay started his career touching Sunny Gavaskar's feet and sought his blessings.A True gentlemen and unsung servant of India Cricket.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

A workhorse who played within his limitation.

Posted by kalyanbk on (January 2, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

Disappointing that the article did not mention his achievements in international cricket at all. Even the other article only mentions Headingly in the passing. Cricinfo needs to improve.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

most humble guy u cud ever meet, met him in mumbai a few years, a real Gentleman, who again was given a hard time by selectors but when he was selected he did his job with True Grit n determination. Sammy Ks post sums it up as perfection

Posted by   on (January 1, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

good player but a gr8 human being still remember his contribution in 2002 test victory against England in England

Posted by   on (January 1, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

I remember his T20 like innings against West Indies in 2002/03 if i am not wrong. All the best man!

Posted by NikhilRRathore on (January 1, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

What a stellar career Sanju Bhai... i really see him coaching Team India in near future or may b heading the selection committee...what experience with all the hard work u had put in sir and Nobody else asses the player better then u and as a human being u r a GEM sir. Congratulations for the incredible journey as a player and we really hope to see you in and around with ur love cricket only... thank u soo much. u been an inspiration.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Sanjay Bangar could have certainly served Indian cricket a lot more in both forms of the game.He could have been selected a lot earlier and was was dropped early as well. He writes very well and I have been told he is great soul as well. An admirer of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Sanjay Bangar is a great ambassador of the game. I firmly believe he would continue to server Indian cricket with same intensity levels even after his retirement. Wishing a bright and new 2013 to Sanjay....

Posted by   on (January 1, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

great player and great human being as well.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

good luck fr the rest Sanjay

Posted by   on (January 1, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

he was a fine all rounder who was misused and unused by our selectors as they did of vijay bhardwaj..

Posted by pandez on (January 1, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Sanjay Bangar will always be remembered for his marathon knock of 68 which he played in Headingley in wining cause. He always seemed to be a hard working cricketer and I am sure he will excel in coaching department and may be in near future he may coach the National side.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

Sanjay Bangar was one of few genuine all rounder some what like KAPIL DEV MANOJ PRABHAKAR , but some how he could not extent his stint in Indian test ARENA .

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (January 1, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

A very decent batsman with a good defence and also a useful bowler. He could have been utilized properly at test level. How come none of the BCCI selection committees never realized this!! Zonal politics!!

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