Two-time Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders have appointed Bharat Arun as the bowling coach ahead of the 2022 season. Arun enjoyed a great run with Team India as the bowling catch in the past as his stint ended recently after the 2021 T20 World Cup. He received a lot of credit for the Indian fast bowling unit’s success in overseas conditions.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday announced that Bharat Arun would be joining the franchise as their bowling coach ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
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"A warm welcome to B Arun to the KKR coaching staff. With a strong and successful pedigree in the international game, I’m sure Arun will complement the current staff we have and I look forward to working with him. His experience at the international level and the ability to give confidence and clarity to our bowling group will be important, as we attempt to quickly align a new group of players to the values and style of play for KKR," McCullum said..
Arun started his coaching career with the Tamil Nadu domestic team and became the chief bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. He then took over as head coach of the India Under-19 squad, and under him, India won the U19 World Cup in 2012, in Australia.
As a player, he represented India in Tests and ODIs and was a very successful domestic player for Tamil Nadu.
His partnership with former head coach Ravi Shastri during their tenure was praised by many as India played fierce cricket all across the world.
Making the announcement of his appointment, Venky Mysore, CEO & MD of KKR said, “We are very excited to have someone of the calibre of Bharat Arun joining us as our bowling coach. He will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to KKR’s strong support staff. We are delighted to welcome him to the Knight Riders family.
KKR were the runner-ups in the last season of IPL as they played an attacking brand of cricket in the UAE leg. However, ahead of the mega IPL auction, KKR retained just four players - Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, and Varun Chakravarthy. Several senior players including captain Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Pat Cummins, and Shakib Al Hasan were released despite a good IPL 2021 season.