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Sanjay Bangar resigns as coach of Kings XI Punjab

By Saurabh Malhotra -

Indian batting coach, Sanjay Bangar, has resigned from his position as head coach of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab.

In a chat with ESPNcricinfo, Bangar confirmed the news, "I submitted my resignation in the last week of November. They came back to me around the second week of December. I was totally engrossed in the England series and that is the reason why I sort of waited till the end of the series."

Under Bangar, Kings XI Punjab had a wonderful season in 2014 where they finished as runners up, but the last two seasons haven't gone to plan as the 'lions' have finished bottom of the table and have in general been inconsistent. Bangar told Hindustan Times, "It is a professional set-up. The IPL is a model which is run on producing results. In the course of the tournament, there are debates and deliberations. You take certain decisions and there are some which are right and there are some which don't go your way. It is all a part and parcel. We as professionals need to accept this thing. For the last two seasons we didn't get the results we wanted. It was time to move on and let fresh ideas come in."

Bangar explained his role as head coach further, "You don't have much time to work on the players during the IPL. It is about man-management of players of various international credentials, managing young players and finding the right balance,"

"It is a very profit-driven model where cost has to be managed, the dynamics of the auction need to be understood and manage a large group of players in a short time. Those are the valuable lessons I have learnt."

Bangar said his stint with Kings XI Punjab has been fruitful, "It's been a fabulous journey. It gives me immense satisfaction to see the players whom I picked - from when they were in their formative years - to benefit from the exposure,"

"There are a number of players who were able to showcase their talent like Manan Vohra, Sandeep Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, who weren't getting the opportunities. Axar Patel, who was last IPL's best young cricketer, went on to play for India. Their progress gives me immense pride. We topped the league and reaching the final was the best part of my time with Kings XI."

"I am not in talks with any other franchise as of now. I will weigh my options." he concluded when asked about his future plans.