Calcutta: At 40, Sanjay Bangar is certainly one of the oldest cricketers in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. But he remains a vital cog in the Railways wheel even at the twilight of his career. At this age, Bangar has still been able to top the list of wicket-takers for his team with 18 scalps so far this season.
So it would be fair enough to say that the captain has had a significant role to play, ensuring the Railways are safe at No. 6 in Group A, although they no longer stand a chance of reaching the next round.
Figures, of course, do suggest that age hasn’t been a barrier as such for Bangar. Now, whether he will continue in this fashion in the next season too remains uncertain. In fact, Bangar himself has his fingers crossed over the matter.
“At the moment, I really don’t know whether I’ll be back next season or not. Anything can happen in between… So it’s really difficult for me to say whether I should continue,” he said, adding: “One thing is clear, though. I won’t be playing the one-dayers and the Twenty20 matches this season. I had made up my mind last year itself."
“Our squad for the shorter version is fit. And importantly, they are a set team. So I don’t think there’s any need for me to keep playing in the limited overs format.”
However, the aspect that egged Bangar on to continue in the longer version is the responsibility of guiding and supervising a young team, lacking in experience.
“I felt I needed to take responsibility since Railways have quite a few new players. Personally, it brings about an element of satisfaction as well when you are leading a fresh bunch of youngsters, aspiring to make it big in the sport,” he explained.