IPL 2014 June 2, 2014

Everything to like about Kings XI starts with Bangar - Bailey

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Bailey: Saha's innings summed up our tournament

Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey has attributed much of the team's success in IPL 2014 to the coach Sanjay Bangar, in moulding a new team together and getting the best out of uncapped Indian players. Kings XI fell short of claiming their first IPL title when they lost a high-scoring final in the last over to Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore.

While many franchises had appointed overseas coaches, Kings XI hired Bangar, who had retired from first-class cricket as recently as 2013. Bailey described Bangar as a "huge influence" on the side.

"Everything you see and like about Kings XI starts with Sanjay Bangar. His knowledge of the game is wonderful," Bailey said. "His ability to draw younger players out of their shells has been phenomenal and he has been fantastic in managing the overseas players.

"He has had some great support from Joe Dawes (bowling coach) and R Sridhar, our fielding coach, but he has certainly been a high-quality coach, I have been really impressed. It has been a pleasure to work with him, absolutely."

This was Kings XI's first appearance in an IPL final, their previous best showing coming in 2008 when they reached the semis. Wriddhiman Saha and Manan Vohra scored 115 and 67 respectively to lift Kings XI to 199. Bailey said it was pleasing to see Saha perform above expectations in a pressure match, in which the overseas stars, including himself, failed. Saha has been on the fringes of the Indian team for a few years now and was picked for India's upcoming tours to Bangladesh and England.

"I don't think our guys can do anything but be very proud of their performances. Wriddhi's [Saha] innings summed up our tournament," Bailey said. "He has been unheralded and underrated in a lot of circles and for us he has been solid as a rock and done different jobs in different times. To see him perform well was fantastic.

"If you said that we were going to make 200 and [Virender] Sehwag, [David] Miller and [Glenn] Maxwell were not going to get any runs, I would have been very surprised. Really proud of the way Manan and Wriddhi batted. They took their time, exploded and got us to a really good total."

Bailey also praised the uncapped left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, who impressed with bowling figures of 4-0-21-0 in the final while the rest went for over ten an over. Akshar finished with 17 wickets with an economy rate of 6.13 and was picked for the Bangladesh ODIs.

"He is such an impressive package, right from the first day. The knowledge of his own game, the awareness of his own game for a 20 year old is phenomenal, the calmness and poise he has in big games," Bailey said. "He was bowling our key overs as our real go-to bowler. Wonderful fielder. I think he is going to have a long and very successful career."

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  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Bangar needs to be looked at a talent developmental role within the BCCI. The nicest guy you could ever meet and so humble would be perfect with a senior role helping to build for the future.

  • SujeeKl on June 3, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Blame has to go to Kxip batsmen than Ballers. . Because that wicket got easily over 230 runs. . First 10 overs made game boring and that was not the way KxiP came in this far. .aggressive was their key.. but they lost because of trying to defence. .

  • Vinod on June 3, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Really good to see an indian coach come good....hopefully this cascades into more former cricketers taking up coaching jobs....really like the bowling of patel feel he does have a future in at least the shorter forms of the game

  • Sanjiv on June 2, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    An amazing game. Hard hitting cricket kept the adrenaline going for the fans. Priety sobbing was rather touching.

  • vas on June 2, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    No M&M show.

    No Narine magic.

    No Uthppa contribution.

    Ipl finals belongs to sweet hitting Vohra, Saha, Akshar and the so called blue eyed boy Pandey. Sorry to see Preity in tears. KXIP was the best team through out. But KKR met them 4 times and won 3-1. KKR's better bowling was the difference.

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Good to see that the 2 IPL finalists were coached by Indians. Will the BCCI take note of that and stop hiring the Fletchers ? More importantly, will the superstars of Indian Cricket listen to these Indian coaches?

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    only IPL team having Indian head coach and most successful to find out maximum Indian talents all credits goes to bangar and those Indian youngsters saha vohra akshar sandeep

  • Nish on June 2, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    The team won a lot of new fans like myself this season for the brilliant & entertaining way they played in the whole tournament. The obvious weakness in the team & which probably cost them the final, was in their Indian pace bowlers - both Balaji & Awana were really poor & predictably went for a lot of runs without looking like taking a wicket at all. If they strengthen this department for next year, they perhaps can go one step further & win IPL 2015. Also nice to see an Indian coach like Sanjay Bangar being given a chance & doing well, especially in unearthing young talent.

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