Bharat Arun: Nine facts about India’s bowling coach

Bharat Arun, born on December 14, 1962, was an all-rounder who played two Tests and four One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for India in the 1980s. Post retirement, he has taken to coaching and is currently India s bowling coach. Nishad Pai Vaidya picks nine facts you should know about Arun.


1. The name

Arun s full name is actually Bharathi Arun. However, most records and in public, he is mentioned as Bharat Arun.


2. Representing India in age groups

Arun represented India under-20 on their tour to Sri Lanka in 1980-81. That Indian team included Ravi Shastri, Kiran More, Lalchand Rajput among others. In 1981, he toured England with the India Young Cricketers. Through the 1980s, he was a part of the India under-25 side numerous times.


3. The big partnership

During the Duleep Trophy 1986-87 final between South Zone and West Zone, Arun had one of his most memorable matches with the bat. West Zone had put up 516. In reply, South Zone had been reduced to 391 for six when WV Raman and Arun came together. In tandem, they added, 221 runs for the seventh wicket. Arun scored 149, which remains his highest score in First-Class cricket.


4. The Test call-up winning performance

When Sri Lanka toured India in 1986-87, Arun was included in the India under-25 side to play them. He took three for 113 and then hit 107 not out. During this game, he had also taken his 50th First-Class victim. As a result, he was chosen for the Test series that followed.


5. Embarrassing start on debut

While running into bowl his first ball in Test cricket against Sri Lanka in Kanpur in 1986, he slipped on the delivery point. Years later, the same thing happened to Shane Watson as he ran in to bowl his first ball in Test cricket. Arun had a short international career that lasted two Test and four ODIs.


6. Lancashire League

Arun played for Accrington in the Lancashire League. He played with the former England cricketer David Lloyd. During one of the games, they had an 83-run stand against Rishton. Batting at No 4, Arun had scored 72 and Lloyd had scored 51 not out while batting at No 6.


7. Comeback after six years

Arun played his last First-Class match in 1991. He played a game for Chemplast in the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup in 1993-94 and then returned in 1999 to play for them in the same tournament.


8. Coaching career

Post retirement, Arun took up coaching. He was the coach of Tamil Nadu in the early 2000s, a time when they reached the Ranji Trophy final twice, only to be beaten by Mumbai. However, they did win the Ranji one-dayers, as the Vijay Hazare Trophy was known then, twice during his tenure. Arun was with the Bengal team as well. He was with the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore until he resigned in 2013.


9. India under-19 and the senior team

Arun guided Unmukt Chand and his boys to victory during the ICC under-19 World Cup 2012. He was also the coach of the team during the 2014 edition of the tournament. In 2014, he was called up for the tour to England as India s new bowling coach, a position he holds till date.


(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)