Bharat Arun, the Indian Cricket team bowling coach is not only known for shaping Indian bowlers physically but also makes sure to assist them psychologically .
In an interview with Sportstar, the veteran spoke about the current test series versus South Africa and also the state of the bowlers leading to upcoming series’.
How did this remarkable change in the Indian team’s thought process and approach, when they took the pitch out of the equation, come about?
In Australia in 2015. We had a team meeting and decided we would no longer complain about the pitch that was same for both sides. Instead, we would adapt and play as if we were at home. It was a mental switch that made the technical adjustments, such as finding the right length, easier.
That was the beginning of this exciting journey. Indeed, the pitch for the second Test against South Africa in Pune actually favoured the pacemen… We not only have quality pace bowlers but quality fast bowlers with different skill sets. And unlike in the past where we had one or two exceptional bowlers, we now have a bunch of pacemen who can bowl at over 140 kmph.
How happy are you with Umesh Yadav’s performance?
He’s strong and quick and now he is bowling in better channels, making the batsman play around the off-stump. He’s got reverse swing, has a nasty short ball. He and Shami, who is fast, accurate and dangerous, are a potent combination.
Still someone as valuable as Jasprit Bumrah gets injured. Will he need surgery for his back? Fast bowling is an unnatural activity. Despite our best efforts there can be no guarantees. We expect Bumrah to be back sooner than later, hopefully in time for the New Zealand Test series that is our next big challenge. As of now, he doesn’t need surgery.