India’s Bowling Coach set to be Retained

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Bharat Arun retain job bowling coach India’s current bowling coach Bharat Arun is likely to retain his job and may continue with the Indian side for another term. Fielding coach R Sridhar, though, may face stiff competition as the South African Johnty Rhodes has also applied for the position.

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Talking about India’s bowling department, bowling coach Bharat Arun may be a concordant choice looking at the good performance of all the bowlers.

“In the last 18 to 20 months, the work put in by Arun has been phenomenal. The current Indian attack is considered to be the best in the longest format. Mohammed Shami back at his best and (Jasprit) Bumrah’s consistency are a few things Arun must get credit for. It’s up to the selectors but they might find it difficult to replace him,” A senior BCCI official said.

But the batting coach Sanjay Bangar seems to be the least likely to retain his place given he has already been under the scanner of the Cricket Advisory Committee. He may be axed from his position when the National selectors pick the support staff and Head coach, given India’s middle-order muddle and the decision on Dhoni’s batting position.

Ravi Shastri is also likely to retain his position as the Head Coach. Meanwhile, all three have got the extension of 45 days till the conclusion of the series with West Indies.

The Cricket Advisory Committee, likely to be chaired by Kapil Dev, will decide on the Head coach, while the selectors have been assigned the task of conducting interviews of the rest of the support staff.

Some report suggests that it was Bangar’s entreaty to send Dhoni at No. 7 that cost India the semi-finals. Despite serving four years as the batting coach, Bangar failed to create a strong middle order that led to the team’s dismal show in the World Cup.

It would be interesting to see who are going to fill the job of the positions. Johnty Rhodes who applied for the fielding coach position is yet to give his presentation to the selection committee.

“Rhodes is a big name and his candidature can’t be ignored. However, this also needs to be taken into account that how the team’s fielding performance has been,” the official said.

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