Former India player Sanjay Bangar announces retirement

Sanjay Bangar has announced his retirement from first-class cricket after his team railways beat Bengal by 122 runs in the group stage of the Ranji Trophy.

updated: January 01, 2013 18:43 IST
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Kolkata: Former India player and Railways captain Sanjay Bangar on Tuesday announced his retirement from first-class cricket after guiding his team to a 122-run victory against Bengal in the final group league game of Ranji Trophy at the JU (Salt Lake) ground.

"I was hoping that Railways would qualify for the knock-out stage of the Ranji Trophy. Since we didn't qualify, I thought that it is appropriate to call time. It's been a fabulous journey and I have enjoyed every bit of it," 40-year-old, who played 12 Tests and 15 ODIs told PTI over phone from Kolkata today.

Bangar scored 470 runs and seven wickets in 12 Tests. He had a century against Zimbabwe but will forever be remembered for a fighting 68 against England on a seaming track at Headingley in 2002. He was praised by one and all for his dogged batting against the likes of Andy Caddick, Mathew Hoggard and Andrew Flintoff adding 170 runs with Rahul Dravid.

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