Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have roped in former Team India bowling coach Bharat Arun as their bowling coach for the upcoming season. Arun replaces Kyle Mills, who joined the Knight Riders in 2020.
Arun was vacant after he stepped down as India’s bowling coach after Virat Kohli & Co crashed out of the T20 World Cup 2021. While there were reports that he might join the Ahmedabad franchise, Kolkata have played the masterstroke roping in Bharat Arun.
The 59-year-old is excited about the new assignment. This will also be his first experience in the IPL.
“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 to kkr.in.
After a success career as a player, Bharat Arun stepped into the coaching. His first assigment was with the Tamil Nadu side from where he joined the National Cricket Academy. He joined coached the India U-19 side in the 2012 World Cup before joing the national team in 2014.
Arun, an experienced coach and former India bowler, is largely credited with developing the current Indian pace attack, which is arguably the best in the business.
Meanwhile, Kolkata’s head coach Brendon McCullum was also happy with the developments that will see Bharat Arun work closely with the former New Zealand captain. He 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”.