With India scripting a comeback for the ages despite being bowled out for 36 in the second innings of the Adelaide Test and a plethora of injuries to their first-choice cricketers under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane, bowling coach Bharat Arun has pinpointed two qualities in the current set-up that paved for the heist.
In a recent interview with Sports Today, Bharat Arun said that the fact that this Indian team is ‘absolutely fearless’ and ‘brutally honest’ is the reason why the Men in Blue were able to turn the tables on the hosts and script their second consecutive Test series win Down Under.
Arun said that the credit for instilling these two qualities in the Indian set-up goes to head coach Ravi Shastri and regular skipper Virat Kohli, who did not feature in the last three Tests due to paternity leave.
“Absolutely, I would like to sum it up this way. This Indian team is absolutely fearless and brutally honest. These are the qualities that are necessary for a team to do well. And there are two men who have gone and brought about this change. It is Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli,” Bharat Arun told Sports Today.
India has won 14 series out of 20 under Virat Kohli’s captaincy: Bharat Arun
Ever since Ajinkya Rahane has led Team India to an unprecedented series win in Australia, cricket fans as well as few pundits, in the garb of praising him, have proceeded to take potshots on Virat Kohli.
A malicious agenda to demean Virat and undermine his achievements as Test captain has ensued following the triumph.
Arun, while praising Ajinkya Rahane for the manner in which he led the team, proceeded to remind Virat Kohli’s detractors that the Indian cricket team under the leadership of the latter has won 14 out of the last 20 series; a 70 percent success rate which is only second to ‘All Blacks’ (80%) among all sporting teams in the world.
“First thing, I would like to congratulate Ajinkya Rahane for the magnificent job he did in Australia. But to the people who are writing against Virat Kohli, I would just like to put up one stat for them. Out of 20 series that he has captained, he has won 14 series for India. Which means the percentage of win record is over 70%.” Bharat Arun said.