Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Bharat Arun bats for format-specific fast-bowling group in the future. "Bowlers do need sufficient breaks. Mental health is going to be very, very important going forward."
"Bowlers do need sufficient breaks. Mental health is going to be very, very important going forward."
India's incumbent bowling coach Bharat Arun has called for grooming different sets of fast bowlers for different formats going ahead, to ensure they remain fresh physically and mentally in the face of an unforgiving cricket schedule and playing in bio-bubbles.
“Absolutely,” Arun said when asked if having format-specific fast bowlers could be the way to go for the future. “Not only the volume of cricket that our country is playing, it's also about remaining in the bubble and playing. I can guarantee you it's not very easy to be in the bubble and keep playing throughout the year.”
India have been on the road since early June, playing the WTC final against New Zealand, followed by four Tests against England and then the UAE leg of IPL, which finished three days before the start of the T20 WC. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami among the quicks have been an active part of each of those assignments.
“They do need sufficient breaks. Mental health is going to be very, very important going forward. This (cricket in bio-bubbles) is going to be the norm at least for another year or two. So it is important that we have a very good pool of fast bowlers.
“There is enough talent in our country so we can afford to field different teams for different formats. That way it is not only that we understand the different talent that's available, it also keeps our bowlers mentally and physically very very fresh,” Arun opined.
Arun, who has been in India's backroom staff since July 2017, attributed a lot of success of the current crop of fast bowlers groomed under him to the workload management. Even before cricket had to be played inside bio-bubbles due to the pandemic, India were intent on managing their fast bowling crop well.
The current team management didn't just groom and improve the likes of Bumrah, Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, who were pivotal in two iconic series wins in Australia, but also managed them well over the years to maximise their potential on the field. This has been particularly crucial under the current setup that has insisted on arriving at a favourable team balance by mostly favouring playing five specialist bowlers in Test XI.
“It is the combination of strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and the bowling department all coming together to create this kind of a bowling unit. India can always boast of really good fast bowlers but with the workload management in place, that ensured that the fast bowlers remained extremely fresh so that we could even rotate,” Arun said.
“Going forward the talent is also exciting, the likes of Mohammed Siraj coming in, and Prasidh Krishna … There are a lot of exciting fast bowling talents in the country. With the workload management in place, which I am sure is going to go forward, we would be a force to reckon with in the future too.”
With Rahul Dravid confirmed to take over from Ravi Shastri as head coach, Bharat Arun's stint as the bowling coach will also end with the T20 WC 2021. The 58-year-old reckons the team is being left in a far better position than how it was when the current coaching group came together, and that securing Test wins away were the highest points of his tenure.
“It's been an outstanding journey, there have been ups and downs but I think the team is in a much better position than it was when we started and we're pretty happy about it. We set about winning a lot of Test matches overseas, that's what we strived hard to achieve as a team.
“I think the highest point could be the two back-to-back wins in Australia and more or less winning the series in England, of course, there's one more Test to go but I think the performance of the team during this English series was outstanding,” Arun said.