Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has named former Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun as their bowling coach for the upcoming IPL 2022 season. Since 2014, Arun was serving as Team India bowling coach until recently.
He played a very important role in taking Indian pace bowling to newer heights. Arun represented Team India in the longer format and 50-over format and did exceedingly well for his domestic team Tamil Nadu.
Interestingly, under Bharat Arun’s coaching, the India U19 team won the title back in the 2012 season in Australia. He also served as the chief bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
Speaking about his new appointment, Arun felt excited to take up the role. He went on to state that he always respected the Kolkata-based IPL franchise right from the start of the cash-rich league.
“I’m very excited and looking forward to becoming part of a highly successful franchise, such as the Knight Riders. I have admired the Knight Riders franchise for not only being very successful in the IPL & around the world in T20 leagues but also for the way it is very professionally run,” Arun said as quoted by Indian Express.
A warm welcome to Bharat Arun: KKR Head Coach Brendon McCullum
KKR CEO Venky Mysore had his say on the appointment as well. Arun’s international experience will be a lot helpful for the KKR franchise going into the new IPL season.
“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 head coach Brendon McCullum said, “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 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”.
IPL Mega Auction is all set to happen on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer have been retained by the franchise for the upcoming season.