Former India bowling coach joins Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders, the two-time champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL), have named former Indian team bowling coach Bharat Arun as their new bowling coach for the upcoming IPL 2022 season, which is set to begin in April this year.

The KKR squad had an outstanding season in the IPL 2021, as they rose from 7th place on the points table in the first half of the competition, which was held in India, to qualify for the playoffs and then reach the tournament finals. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were unable to defeat the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL final, with the MS Dhoni-led club claiming their fourth title.

●   Bharat Arun, the experienced man

With the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE, Arun’s time with the Indian squad came to an end. He joined the Indian team in 2017, along with Ravi Shastri, and enjoyed a fairly successful four-year tenure.

Under Arun’s leadership, India’s fast bowling squad made significant progress, with players such as Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, and others rising to the fore and raising their level and consistency of performance.

Arun has previous IPL experience, having worked in a similar capacity with the Royal Challengers Bangalore a few years ago before going on to coach state teams and finally Team India. 

He was a very successful domestic player for Tamil Nadu and represented India in Tests and ODIs.

“B Arun is welcomed into the KKR coaching staff with open arms. I’m confident that Arun will complement the current staff we have, and I look forward to working with him because he has a strong and successful international pedigree,” According to a KKR release, head coach Brendon McCullum said in a statement.

“His international experience and ability to instil confidence and clarity in our bowling group will be critical as we try to swiftly align a fresh group of players to the KKR ideals and style of play,” he added. 

After retiring from cricket, Arun worked as a bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and guided the U19 team to World Cup success in Australia in 2012.

“I’m very excited and looking forward to joining a highly successful franchise like the Knight Riders,” Arun stated of his new role. “I’ve admired the Knight Riders franchise for not only being incredibly successful in the IPL and other T20 tournaments across the world but also for the way it’s run.”

Venky Mysore, KKR’s CEO and MD stated in a statement announcing his appointment, “We are ecstatic to have someone of Bharat Arun’s calibre join us as our bowling coach. He will add to KKR’s excellent support staff with a lot of experience and skills. We are thrilled to have him as part of the Knight Riders family.” 

Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, and Venkatesh Iyer were all retained by KKR before the IPL 2022 season. Russell would be compensated with a salary of Rs 12 crore, while Chakravarthy will be given Rs 8 crore. Iyer and Narine will each receive Rs 8 crore and Rs 6 crore as compensation. 

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