After the Cricket Advisory Committee had appointed Zaheer Khan as the bowling coach of the Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri stepped in and on Tuesday, BCCI’s four-member committee announced that former Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun will have another stint with the team that will go on until the 2019 World Cup. Bharat Arun’s first appointment as team India’s bowling coach will be against Sri Lanka. However, the decision has left a lot of people puzzled thinking why Arun who has picked just 1 wicket in 4 ODI matches was preferred over someone like Zaheer, who was not just India’s but also one of the world’s finest fast-bowler. Here is all you need to know about the new team India bowling coach:
1. Even though Bharat Arun didn’t have a distinguished career as a player, he has done a remarkable job as coach at the domestic level. Arun started his coaching career with Tamil Nadu in 2002.
2. He helped the Tamil Nadu side to win the Ranji Trophy twice, in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Later, Arun was appointed as the chief bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy in 2008 and in between, he also helped India ‘A’ win three quadrangular series in Australia.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 13, 2017
3. He was then added to the India Under-19 in the capacity of the head coach. Under Arun, the U-19 team won eight consecutive series victories, followed by the U-19 World Cup triumph in 2012.
4. His exploits at the domestic level helped Arun secure the role of India’s bowling coach. A close friend of Ravi Shastri since his playing days, Arun is known for building a friendly connection with young bowlers and encouraging them to produce their best in training sessions.
5. He also served as the bowling coach of the Kings XI Punjab side in the Indian Premier League for 2014 where he worked alongside Sanjay Bangar and helped the team reach the finals. Bangar was also appointed as the assistant coach of the Indian team.