Kolkata Knight Riders, the two-time Indian Premier League champions, have hired Bharat Arun as their bowling coach for the 2022 season. Arun had a wonderful run with Team India as a bowling catch in the past, but his contract was just terminated following the 2021 T20 World Cup. He was given a lot of credit for the performance of the Indian fast bowling unit in foreign settings.
Arun began his coaching career with the Tamil Nadu state squad before moving on to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore as the chief bowling coach. He later became the head coach of the India Under-19 team, and India won the U19 World Cup in Australia in 2012.
Many people lauded his collaboration with previous head coach Ravi Shastri during their time together as India played tough cricket all over the world.
“We are really thrilled to have someone of Bharat Arun’s calibre joining us as our bowling coach,” stated Venky Mysore, CEO and MD of KKR, in announcing his appointment. He will add to KKR’s excellent support staff with a lot of experience and skills. We are ecstatic to have him join the Knight Riders.”
In the last season of the IPL, KKR finished second after playing an attacking style of cricket in the UAE leg. KKR, on the other hand, only kept four players ahead of the IPL auction: Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, and Varun Chakravarthy. Despite a successful IPL 2021 season, several senior players were released, including captain Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Pat Cummins, and Shakib Al Hasan.
Brendon McCullum, the head coach of the KKR, also sent a warm welcome to Arun, saying that his international experience will benefit the players.
“The KKR coaching staff extends a warm welcome to B Arun. With a strong and successful international pedigree, I’m confident Arun will be a good fit for our present team, and I’m looking forward to working with him. As we try to swiftly align a fresh group of players to the ideals and style of play for KKR, his international experience and ability to instil confidence and clarity in our bowling group will be critical,” McCullum added.
Arun also voiced his delight at the prospect of joining the two-time IPL champions, saying he appreciated the franchise’s management style.
“I’m ecstatic to be a part of such a successful franchise as the Knight Riders, and I’m looking forward to it.” “I’ve admired the Knight Riders franchise not only for its success in the IPL and other T20 tournaments around the world, but also for the way it’s run,” Arun remarked.