The Indian bowling coach, Bharat Arun reckons that India’s regular skipper, Virat Kohli’s anger is often been mistaken as his anger while his deputy Ajinkya Rahane is made of “steely nerves” and his calmness gives confidence to the bowlers. Rahane led India to a historic 2-1 series-win in Australia after Kohli took the paternity leave.
During a chat with R Ashwin on his Youtube channel, Bharat Arun said, “Rahane might look calm from the outside but there is a steely nerve in him. He backs players and looks calm and even if a bowler goes wrong, he might not be scared of the captain. With Virat Kohli, if you bowl two bad balls, it might look like he will get angry, but that’s just his energy. Ajinkya brings the calmness, of course, even if he buys-in the plan, he makes sure he executes it to the T.”
The 58-year-old revealed that head coach Ravi Shastri can’t digest when the Indian bowlers concede boundaries. This was in reference to Shastri’s plan to dry up runs for the Australians on the off-side.
Explaining the same, Bharat Arun said, “He will follow the match from the dressing room. But he absolutely hates it when a bowler concedes a boundary. He doesn’t want bowlers to concede a run. That’s what he wants. When we bowl, we should keep on taking wickets. And when they are bowling, we should keep on scoring runs. If someone concedes two boundaries, he will shout. If someone concedes a boundary, I know that I am going to be shouted at.”
Talking about Mohammed Siraj, who was India’s highest wicket-taker in the series, Arun said he is a special talent and it showed when he was only a net bowler during his early Hyderabad days.
Talking about Siraj, Arun said, “Siraj has both hunger and anger. I saw him at RCB as net bowler. He was not even in probables in Hyderabad. He had pace and aggression in nets. He will do exactly the same we want him to do. If he does not do, you shout at him with genuine care, he will smile and do it. It took him first to Hyderabad side then Hyd, India A. His biggest strength is his confidence in himself.”