IPL 2022
Bharat Arun Reveals KKR Is Looking For Players Who Can Adapt
By CricShots - Feb 3, 2022 1:04 pm
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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowling coach Bharat Arun recently revealed the strategy of the franchise for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction. He acknowledged that KKR is targeting players who can adapt to all conditions. As things stand now, the venue of the tournament is yet to be finalized and there are only 10 days left for the auction, the KKR think tank is busy preparing their strategy.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

During a chat on kkr.in, Bharat Arun said, “You need to pick players who can adapt to different conditions. Even before the pandemic, when you picked bowlers for home conditions, you still needed them to play seven away games in the IPL. Having watched most of the top players around the world up close, you have a fair idea as to what they can do. And it helps you to prepare and take your calls better, and also plan more effectively during the matches.”

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The two-time former champions, who finished runners-up in the 14th edition of the IPL, have retained the West Indies all-rounders Andre Russell (INR 12 crores), and Sunil Narine (INR 6 crores) along with the Indian duo of Venkatesh Iyer (INR 8 crores) and Varun Chakravarthy (INR 8 crores).

KKR are now left with a purse of INR 48 crores for the mega auction which will see 590 cricketers scheduled to be auctioned in the two-day auction in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13. He further said they may see a shift in the IPL auction with so many premium pacers that will be up for grabs.

Bharat Arun
Bharat Arun

Elaborating the same, Bharat Arun said, “I sincerely think so, because even though a lot of people think cricket is inclined towards the batsman, I would look at it differently. I would say that therein lies an opportunity for me as a bowler to excel. Yes, there are limitations for bowlers. But again, they know that if they execute and if they can build a little more guile around their bowling, they have a chance to be a hero.”

Arun, who was credited for transforming the Indian fast bowling unit that’s instilling fear all around the world, said they would need bowlers who can excel in all conditions.

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Elaborating the same, Bharat Arun said, “It has been a privilege to be a part of the Indian team before this. In a way, I was blessed to have had a group of bowlers who are so multi-talented. Preparing this bunch of fast bowlers was our biggest challenge and the way they responded… The rest is history. I think the biggest challenge was to have bowlers who could excel and who could get to 20 wickets in all conditions. We did exactly that, and that’s why we were successful.”