IPL 2014 May 12, 2014

Bangar has brought the best out of youngsters - Bailey


Sitting pretty on the top of the points table, Kings XI Punjab look set to make it to the qualifiers after a dominant run in the tournament and with five matches in hand. While their overseas batsmen and domestic bowlers have been instrumental in their seven wins, their captain George Bailey believes the coach Sanjay Bangar had made a lot of difference with his knowledge of domestic players.

"Sanjay and Sri's [R Sridhar, fielding coach] knowledge of Indian players has been exceptional," Bailey told ESPNcricinfo. "They have focused a lot on the younger players who have performed, particularly the guys who haven't played much [earlier]. A lot of Indians wouldn't have known about them but they have obviously seen something and their knowledge has been really important, one in selecting them and two, bringing the best out of them."

Apart from grooming the uncapped seamer Sandeep Sharma, Kings XI surprised Royal Challengers Bangalore on their home ground with offspinner Shivam Sharma, who struck twice and conceded only 26 runs in four overs.

The season's records for the leading run-scorer, the top three individual scores, the highest strike-rate (among batsmen who have faced at least 50 balls) and most sixes all belong to Glenn Maxwell, who has scored four fifties, the smallest score among them being 89. David Miller is not far away with a strike-rate of 162.29 and 297 runs from nine innings. Sandeep has chipped in with 13 wickets, removing batsmen like Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli twice each, while Akshar Patel, another uncapped bowler, has conceded only 6.26 per over.

"We've got a well-balanced team," Bailey said. "We have three batsmen in terrific form and we have shown consistent bowling and fielding performances and we've got a good bunch of guys in the coaching team."

When asked if he expected to be on top of the table throughout, Bailey said: "As a team nobody has any expectations of where you want to be. We just want to be consistent in the way we've played. T20 is obviously a game that involves a bit of luck and if you start playing well then the confidence and momentum are really important. We've won a few games and we've lost two too. Sometimes that's just going to happen, you have got to be convinced with the way you play."

Kings XI won their first five matches, all in the UAE. Their first defeat was in India, against Mumbai Indians, when Harbhajan Singh dismissed Maxwell and Bailey. The captain said there was hardly any difference between the two host countries when it came to pitches.

"There's not a huge difference in the pitches in the UAE, where they were a little slower. I think we're starting to see the wickets here turn a little bit more, so spin is probably having slightly more influence compared to the UAE. Grounds and conditions change quite a bit but there was not a huge difference."

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Maybe time to try an india coach. Bangar was a sincere, no frills hardworking cricketer. In the mould of Gary Kirsten though Kirsten achievements as a player are largely greater indeed. Good to see honest hard working types doing well

  • Nish on May 13, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    I am sure Kings XI have attracted an army of new fans this season [including myself] with the attractive & exciting brand of cricket they've been playing. They have been led excellently too by George Bailey and it is so exciting seeing new/young Indian talent coming through in playing a part in the team's success to date. Full credit to Sanjay Bangar in unearthing & giving opportunities to such talent. Really hope the team goes to win the IPL this season.

  • Android on May 13, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    They said playing domestic cricket in india is playing international matches in otjer countries .. well said !! Bangar is my fav one among domeatic playres.. and now hez best at coaching!!

  • Anver on May 13, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Bailey is spot on !!!! Sanjay Bangar's hard work & commitment is paying off... & also he's identifies the local talent well, where other teams had failed to do so !!! HATS OFF to KXI & Co !!!!!

  • Android on May 13, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    I agree that a low profile coach who does his job silently is the best. High profile exceptional players do not necessarily make good coaches.

  • rob on May 13, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    I wonder if Bangar could be enticed to coach the Aussie T20 team? .. Another good question is I wonder if Australia could be enticed to engage a specialist T20 coach.

    I wish they would and he sounds like just the sort of dude we need to get us headed in the right direction T20 wise. We're currently at 6 I think. That stinks because we've got some pretty decent players to call on so I think it must be something to do with the approach and tactics. I know we don't play spin too well but even so not every pitch spins like a top, even in the T20 World Cup. .. We should be doing better.

    Anyway, good luck to Mr. Bangar. I think I'd like to see his team win this year. It's a good story.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Well U cant say Maxwell is performing only this season....Look How he performs for the aussies....Given the fact that mumbai didnt gave him chance in that season.....so its not fair

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Maxwell started playing IPL only by last season and also Mumbai Indians not given chance for him to play. Then how come you are saying Maxwell playing well only in this IPL. Don't make fun :P

  • sameer on May 13, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    how about manan vora?....retained player....why is he not been in the final 11

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    LAKINGSFAN .Rayadu is MI s best batsman this season .MI missed out on Dwayne Smith big time as he is a consistent performer since last 3 years .Maxwell on the other hand has done good only this IPL and so he was not retained .Mitch johnson has not been upto the mark this season so thank god he was not retained by MI.BCCI have people like bangar still they do not use him .

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