NEW DELHI: Despite his team ending at the bottom of the points table in the IPL, KXIP coach Sanjay Bangar was picked as the head coach of the Indian team that travels to Zimbabwe for the limited-overs series. The former Railways captain, who was the India batting coach in the previous dispensation, was not a favourite to be inducted into the national coaching set-up this time.
His tenure with the KXIP was controversial as the team witnessed change of captain twice and there were talk of rift within it.
He, however, had been part of an India team that has enjoyed success over the past year-and-a-half under team director Ravi Shastri. Beginning with winning the ODI series in England, and following it up with semifinal berths in the World Cup, World T20 and a win in the Australia T20 series, the team has been doing well.
Joining him as fielding coach will be his former Railways teammate and coach Abhay Sharma. The former wicketkeeper has been a coach with the India U-19 and A sides and has done well with them. Some of the players he coached with these sides are members of the team. He is credited with having brought axed India leggie Karn Sharma into the Railways team.