Bharat Arun
Bharat Arun. Image-PTI

Former India bowling coach Bharat Arun sits back and reflects on the past four years in which the Indian Test team elevated to a new beast level while the white-ball team was left wanting for more.

Bharat Arun, who had been with the national side since 2017 along with outgoing head coach Ravi Shastri, said it was a “very satisfying” tenure. He hailed India’s tremendous rise in red-ball cricket.

India have unlocked an unprecedented fast-bowling cartel under Bharat Arun, Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli, which helped the team defeat Australia twice in their own den and gain a 2-1 lead over England in the unfinished series.

Mohammed Shami, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun
Bharat Arun with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav [Image-Getty]
India, however, faced disappointment in the 2019 ODI World Cup and 2021 T20 World Cup. The former India pacer, though, felt the Men In Blue had played excellent cricket as they were being considered as favourites heading into those two competitions.

“You can say it was a very satisfying few years. We did our very best and when we look back I have to say it was a fantastic red ball effort while we came really close in white ball contests at key moments in ICC tournaments. You can say we did not win an ICC tournament and while I am offering no excuse, may I tell you that till the time we lost we played some fantastic cricket. We were considered favourites by all and that speaks about the quality of cricket we played,” Bharat Arun told Sportskeeda.

Jasprit Bumrah to become the Test bowler is one of the best things: Bharat Arun

Seeing the rise of Jasprit Bumrah as India’s Test spearhead makes Bharat Arun proud as he picks some memorable moments from his tenure. Bumrah made his Test debut in 2018 and has so far snapped up 101 wickets in 24 Tests.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

“There are many to be honest. Getting Jasprit Bumrah to become the Test bowler that he is now is certainly one of the best things that has happened to Indian cricket. Winning in Australia and picking 20 wickets each time is no mean achievement and is something we will always be proud of as a team,” the 58-year-old added.

The BCCI is set to announce the new set of coaching staff. According to Cricbuzz, T Dilip, Paras Mhambrey and Vikram Rathour are likely to be the new fielding, bowling and batting coaches of the Indian team, to support new head coach, Rahul Dravid.

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