Everything you like about Punjab starts with Bangar: Bailey

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Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey doled out a whole-hearted appreciation for a number of Indian players and coaching staff, who he says were vital in his team’s grand success in the seventh edition of the IPL.

Punjab made their first ever final since the inception of the T20 league in 2008 under Bailey and ended runners-up to Kolkata Knight Riders.

“Everything that you see and like about Kings XI starts with Sanjay Bangar. He has been just fantastic with managing not only Indian players but also overseas players. His knowledge of the game is wonderful and he has the ability to draw younger players out of their shells to play. The way he has managed overseas players has just been fantastic... It has been a pleasure to work with him, absolutely,” Bailey said of the Kings XI coach.

The Australian batsman was effusive in his praise for Akshar Patel. “He (Patel) is such an impressive package. Right from the first day, the knowledge of his own game and the awareness of his own game that he has for a 20-year-old is phenomenal…. ” Bailey said.

“He was bowling our key overs, he was our real go-to bowler… I think he is going to have a long and very successful career,” the Australian added. Talking about Wriddhiman Saha, who smashed a century in the final, Bailey said, “Wriddhi’s innings in a lot of way summed up our tournament. He is probably a guy who is unheralded a little bit, probably underrated in a lot of circles but for us, he has just been solid as a rock.”

Bailey also appreciated opener Vohra for his half century in the summit clash in the company of Saha. “I was really proud of the way Manan and Wriddhi batted...They summed it up, took their time early on and then they exploded and got us to a really good total,” he said.PTI



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