As was predicted by cricket experts, Ravi Shastri has given preference to his own man Bharat Arun, effectively bypassing the proposed appointment of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan. Arun is a former India and Tamil Nadu medium-pace bowler, and earlier also he had held the position of India’s bowling coach when Ravi Shastri was the team director of Indian cricket team from August 2014 to April 2016. Arun has now been reappointed to the post. Arun has been chosen for a term of two years and he will serve as the bowling coach until the end of the 2019 ICC World Cup. India’s battling coach Sanjay Bangar has been promoted to the post of assistant coach and he will also serve a term of two years.
The appointment of Bharat Arun puts a question mark on the roles of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan, who were earlier slated to become the battling and bowling coach respectively. Sources said that Ravi Shastri was not happy with the proposed names of Dravid and Khan and he wanted his own men to become the junior coaches. In a statement today, Shastri said, “It all depends on for how many days Zaheer and Dravid want to assist team. Their services are most welcome.” This clearly indicates that Shahstri is not interested in the proposed roles for Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan.