I’m Really Looking Forward To The Sri Lanka Series: Bharath Arun
Expressing his delight over returning to the Indian dressing room, newly-appointed Team India bowling coach Bharath Arun has said he is looking forward to the upcoming series of Sri Lanka.
Arun was revealed as India’s bowling coach on Tuesday (July 18). The former India bowler, whose new contract will expire after the 2019 World Cup, plied his trade as the bowling coach from 2014 to 2016 before Anil Kumble became the head coach in June last year. The BCCI had initially appointed Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant before changing their decision after new head coach Ravi Shastri demanded his own support staff. The board made it clear that Zaheer would ply his trade in selective series and after around a week of speculations, Arun was appointed the bowling coach most probably on the insistence of Shastri.
The 54-year old will begin his tenure with the three-match series in Sri Lanka and he is excited about it.
“It feels great to be back in the Indian scheme of things and work again with the likes of Shastri, Bangar and Sridhar. I’m really looking forward to the Lanka series,” Arun told the Times of India.
Arun along with Shastri (team director) had begun his first stint with the Indian team in 2014 shortly after he helped Kings XI Punjab to make it to the final of the Indian Premier League. During his time, India had made it to the semifinal of World Cup as well as World T20 in addition to winning Test series against Sri Lanka (away) and South Africa (home).
After the end of his contract with the national team, Arun was roped in by Hyderabad as the chief coach during the 2016-2017 Ranji Trophy season and did a good job, guiding an inexperienced side into the knock-outs.
“I really enjoyed my stint working a young bunch of boys in Hyderabad. However, it’s a dream for everyone to be part of the Indian team. Having got back into the side again now, it’s an even bigger challenge for me to be a good value addition to the team,” said Arun.
He also said that he was in contact with the Indian bowlers at one point or other in the past one year.
“During the IPL, we (bowlers) meet and talk in general. There is a chat, but as there was another coach in place (Anil Kumble), it was not fair for me to talk to them at length at that point of time,” Arun said.
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