You need to find a right balance: Bharat Arun on Indian bowling unit's immense success Photograph:( Twitter )
Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun, in a chat with Indian Women's team head coach WV Raman, talked about what the science of fast bowling and what makes Indian bowling attack so successful.
Indian bowling attack is now regarded as one of the best in the world and a lot of credit behind the success goes to the bowling coach of the Indian team – Bharat Arun. From rejuvenating Mohammed Shami to bringing the best out of Ishant Sharma, from making Jasprit Bumrah into a world-class bowler across format to nurturing youngsters, Arun has turned the face of the Indian bowling attack.
Arun has been instrumental behind Indian bowling attack’s success in overseas and home conditions. The Men in Blue were never famous for its fast bowling but the scenario has completely changed now. Not only the Indian pacers have taken truckloads of wickets across conditions, but they have also terrorised world-class batsmen with their consistency to push the speedometer beyond the 140 km/h mark.
The Indian bowling unit has been meticulously managed by Arun and the Indian team management with proper workload bringing the best out of the bowlers.
“When we talk about workload management, we are looking at the number of overs a bowler has bowled. But then a bowler can over-exert himself in a game and that is not under your control. So we use the GPS tracker to monitor all his movements on the field,” Arun told Indian women team’s head coach WV Raman in episode three of Inside Out.
You need to find the right balance: Bharat Arun
“For example, a bowler runs around 20 km on the field. And the tracker gives us a lot of data and information about the bowler concerned. By analysing those data, you can manage the workload at training sessions. Basically, you need to find the right balance. And the Indian bowlers have managed to do that so far.
“This is the reason why we are successful as a bowling unit and the bowlers can bowl at 140 km/h regularly,” the Indian bowling coach added.
While Arun has successfully managed to carve out a phenomenal bowling unit, a tougher challenge awaits when international cricket resumes post the prolonged break due to COVID-19. With a new set of regulations coming into play, such as the much-talked-about saliva ban, fans are eagerly waiting to see how Bumrah and Co. cope up with the new norm.
But nonetheless, Arun’s attention to detail and his willingness to give a free hand to bowlers have helped Indian bowlers reach new heights, which has never been witnessed in Indian cricket history.