Bharat Arun has shed light on the ‘insane’ energy level of Indian team head coach Ravi Shastri whose dialogue delivery is akin to superstar Rajinikanth. India bowling coach Arun was speaking to offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin on the latter’s Youtube channel during which he touched upon his personal equation with Shastri and how he motivates players during team huddle.Also Read - Explained: Why Did Virat Kohli Resign As the Test Captain of India Cricket Team | Six Pointers
The duo combined to delivery an exceptional performance during the Australia tour where India emerged victorious in a four-match Test series despite being severely hampered by injuries to several of their first-choice players. India bounced back from defeat in the first Test in Adelaide and returned home with a 2-1 series win. Also Read - Chronology of Virat Kohli Quitting Test Captaincy: Spoke to Rahul Dravid And Then A Long Chat With Jay Shah Before Stepping Down
“His dialogue delivery is more like our superstar Rajinikanth’s,” Arun said of Shastri. “When he starts talking in our huddle, the energy level is insane. So whatever is discussed, he conveys it to the boys with his added enthusiasm and confidence. That is important for the players. Whatever we do they are only seeing our effort and not the outcome.” Also Read - Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor Voice Support After Virat Kohli Quits Test Captaincy
Arun explained that from outside it may occur that he shares a close friendship with Shastri but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their differences or that there are no fights between them. “His (Shastri’s) style is usually, ‘No half measures, there’. He conveys us whatever he thinks. I will listen to him patiently. Some of them will be brilliant, some of them will be debatable. Most of them think that myself and Ravi Shastri are close friends and that we get along really well,” the 58-year-old said.
He continued, “But we both have our share of fights as well. For any relationship, arguments are very good because we see it from a detached point of view. We think, ‘what is good for this Indian team’ from a detached point of view. Likewise we are our own critics as well.”
One of the finds of the tour was the emergence of Mohammed Siraj who ended up leading the Indian pace attack by the time the fourth Test arrived but with just a combined experience of three games having made his debut earlier on the tour. However, he held his own and finished as India’s top-wicket taker of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
“Siraj has both both hunger and anger,” Arun said. “I saw him at RCB as net bowler. He was not even in probables in Hyderabad. He had pace and aggression in nets. he will do exactly the same we want him to do. If he does not do, you shout at him with genuine care, he will smile and do it. It took him first to Hyderabad side then India A. His biggest strength is his confidence in himself.”