Virat Kohli’s Team India are on a mission to conquer the world. But before they go overseas and take on the world, India will be taking on New Zealand in a three-match ODI and three-match T20 series, starting October 22.India, who are traditionally known for the batting prowess, have seen so much success for the past year or so because of bowling armoury at their disposal.Bharat Arun, India’s bowling coach, feels that the biggest challenge ahead for the team is going to be able to maintain the consistency and for that they need to have a strong pool of bowlers.”This Indian team is blessed with bowlers who are so versatile. The biggest challenge would be to make them perform time and again to maintain the level of consistency. For that I need to create a pool of players, all of whom can come in anytime and do their job,” Arun said to India Today.WATCH FULL VIDEOArun went on to praise Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah for their death bowling skills and said that all he does is giving them the right feedback that helps them work themselves better.”It’s quite a privilege to have bowlers who are so versatile, especially Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar. They are extremely skillful when it comes to death bowling, they have variety and know when to use their skills perfectly to do well in death overs.”My job as a coach is to give them the right feedback so that they understand themselves better. Also to speak about their strengths so that they are able to use their skills effectively. And that’s exactly what these two have done,” Arun said.advertisementArun cleared that the team management is not ignoring Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but instead they are looking to give Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal a “fair run” before deciding on combinations for the 2019 World Cup.”Ashwin and Jadeja have been exceptional spinners, they have done a great job with both the white and red ball. They would definitely be a part of the old setup but it is the team management’s view of giving everyone a fair run and it’s only fair that we give Kuldeep and Chahal a fair run before we decide what kind of combinations we would like for the 2019 World Cup.”Specifically on Kuldeep, Arun said that even though Kuldeep is extremely talented, the biggest challenge for him is going to be able to constantly evolve.”Kuldeep is someone who is extremely talented but every team has enough videos with them to study every bowler and understand the bowlers better. So I think the challenge for every bowler is to evolve and to have variations that are difficult for batsmen to pick. What we discuss with Kuldeep is when you do get hit, there are lots of lessons to be learnt. Also, understand the batsmen better and at the end, constantly evolvoing is the key for Kuldeep.”Hardik Pandya has recently taken centre stage and captain Kohli has twice called him the most important takeaway from the series in Sri Lanka and ODIs against Australia. The team management is clearly looking for a valuable seam-bowling all-rounder in Pandya — one who can be of immense importance in overseas tours.”Pandya is an extremely talented all-rounder and from Hardik’s point of view, he is a very quick learner. What we are really working on with Hardik is if he can really bring in those 10 overs in ODIs. He’s working a lot on his skills and he’s not afraid to try, probably one of the most fearless cricketers you can have in the side and it makes our job easier.”He is someone who constantly wants to improve and he is maturing fast. He is really happy to take up challenges and the biggest challenge he will have in terms of his bowling is to able to bowl his quota of 10 overs in ODIs,” Arun conceded.Arun attributes the happy atmosphere in the dressing room to the “honesty and fearlessness” in the team and the combination of Ravi Shastri and Kohli that has worked for the team.”The fact Ravi and I worked with the team for two years was extremely helpful. We know all the players, we have worked with them, we understand them and so, it made everything a lot easier.”Ravi is someone who brings in a lot of positivity to the team. He is someone who gives the players a lot of confidence, he is a great motivator. It is a combination that has worked well, it is a happy dressing room. Honesty and fearlessness are the two factors that drive this team,” Arun concluded.advertisement
No matter what comes of this entire saga — and likely the final verdict won’t come for months or years (it’s weird to think that I might not be running this blog anymore when the final verdict comes, heck, it’s weird to think that Gabe Lindsay might finally have graduated when the verdict finally drops!). But whatever comes of it, these two truths remain:Oklahoma State’s national reputation has been sullied. No matter if everything is proven 100% false and Thayer Evans is tarred and feathered in Times Square on national television, OSU is still getting a raw deal. All most people will remember is “isn’t that the school that was on the cover of SI for doing stupid stuff.” And that part sucks.The other truth is that no matter what the truth is, Sports Illustrated didn’t do this the right way. Shadily recording Aso Pogi and telling other dudes (like Donnell) that you were doing a story on how their life is going even though your ultimate goal was to get dirt on Stillwater out of them. Come on, that’s clownin’ and not what I’d hope for from an organization like SI.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!