Shastri wants Arun to be bowling coach

Posted July 20, 2017

There are lot of speculations flying around and those are the things that are not in my control.

"My job is to try and get the best out of this team along with the management and perform to the best of my abilities which I believe in", the star batsman added. Even as results didn't go in favour of India during Arun's early stages as bowling coach in 2014, there was a long-term plan in place for every bowler. And the team can feed of the positive energy Shastri brings to the dressing room.

The BCCI advertised twice for a new coach, first on May 25 and then when Kumble stepped down immediately after the Champions Trophy in June.

Arun will be remembered for slipping and falling while running in to bowl his first ball in Test cricket while taking the lay-up. But as soon as he realised his relationship with Kohli had become "untenable " Kumble stepped down.

Returning to the subject of the back-room staff, and Sourav Ganguly, one of the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee that selected Shastri, had said in the aftermath of the Kumble controversy that Kohli "needs to understand how coaches work". India's support staff have all been given two-year contracts, until the end of the 2019 World Cup. Complications arose as the CAC also appointed in the form of "consultants" for batting (Rahul Dravid) and bowling (Zaheer Khan), which did not seem to sit well with Shastri. That happens with good support staff.

Kohli, who refrained from making any controversial statement said that is job is to only focus on batting than anything else. "And I had total faith in all the CAC members".

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Choudhary defended the board and the CAC for the way they handled the coach-selection process. We have never disrespected them and we always welcome their contribution.

CoA head Vinod Rai stated that the appointments were not concrete.

Shastri lavished praise on India's bowling coach Bharat Arun and said he has been excellent when it comes to coaching. He played two Test matches for India and had only 4 wickets to show for his efforts.

Shastri said he was very clear about the men he wanted by his side. In doing so, Rai argued that neither the CoA nor the BCCI had u-turned. "Mine will be a refresh button that will be pushed and I will carry on from where I left". This meeting will be convened by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.

CoA says another committee involving Shastri and officials from the BCCI and CoA has been formed which will meet soon to review the need to appoint Dravid and Zaheer.

"I certainly don't take added pressure because the responsibility has been given to me".