The Former Indian bowler and bowling coach Bharat Arun has been selected to play for two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders. Bharat Arun has taken over in place of New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills. Arun has previously played two Tests and four ODIs for the Indian team.
Bharat expressed his excitement to be a part of highly successful franchises like Kolkata Knight Riders. Bharat also said that he always liked the Knight Riders franchise for being very successful in IPL and T20 leagues but the professional manner the franchise dealt in every situation.. Arun was the bowling coach of India’s men’s cricket team since 2014 and was instrumental in developing the fast attack to a world-class level until his tenure ended in November 2021.
Welcoming Bharat Arun on his return, Brendon McCullum heaped praise on the veteran cricketer, sayin that he (Bharat Arun) has a successful and strong history in the game of international cricket, and is sure Arun will complement the existing team. He added by saying that he was looking forward to work and add a great deal of value with his rich international experience and ability giving clarity and confidence to the bowling group.
After his playing days ended, Arun began his coaching career with the Tamil Nadu home team and became the head bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. He was the head coach of India’s Under-19 team when they won the U19 World Cup in Australia in 2012 before moving on to the role of bowling coach for the senior men’s team.
The CEO and MD of the franchise, Venky Mysore, welcomed Mr. Bharat and expressed his excitement to have someone of this caliber as our bowling coach. He said that Mr. Bharat would bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the KKR team as the senior bowling coach.
Bharat Arun hails from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. He played first-class cricket for Tamil Nadu at the age of 20. Arun was part of Tamil Nadu’s Ranji Trophy winning team in 1986–87. His international career did not last long and he played only 6 matches for India. However, he continued to play for Tamil Nadu until 1992 before quitting cricket.
One of his notable performances with the bat came in lamplight at the Duleep Trophy where he was facing the West Zone and shared a 221-run partnership. Arun coaching career started with the Tamil Nadu Ranji Trohy in 2002 and was head or incharge of the team till 2006. Arun was the head bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy for a few years before he became the coach of the India Under-19 team. , He joined Kings XI Punjab as an assistant coach for IPL-7 and was then named as the bowling coach of the India national cricket team in 2014.