Bharat Arun: It's a dream to have a bowler like Bumrah

India bowling coach Bharat Arun stressed that opening the attack with Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar was an essential strategy.

Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah's late strikes nipped Australia's chase in the bud.   -  Getty Images

India’s bowlers have delivered in the two World Cup games so far and their behind-the-scenes guide Bharat Arun is extremely pleased with the progress of his wards. After another commanding performance that laid low the Aussies here at the Oval on Sunday, Arun lauded his pace unit, especially Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who between them shared six wickets.  

Speaking to correspondents in the ICC mixed media zone late on Sunday evening, Arun said: “It’s a dream to have a bowler like him (Bumrah). He is one of the best in the world both at the beginning of an innings and at the death. My job is to remind him and Bhuvi about their plans and also about what they have done well in the past.”

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Arun stressed that opening the attack with Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar was an essential strategy: “It was always our plan to open the bowling with Bumrah and Bhuvi.” And as for Mohammed Shami, who is yet to play in the current World Cup, the bowling coach said: “You have to wait for your chance and be ready to grab the opportunities when they come.”

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Australia was always a step behind in the chase and Arun explained the bowling approach: “We had plans about not giving the batsmen any width and also to take the pace off the ball and I thought we executed them well. It was a conscious plan to bowl short to David Warner and he wasn’t very comfortable with it.”

For all the talk about high-scoring games in England, Arun felt that the bowlers always had a chance: “In England the ball moves around. You have to assess the conditions and then you can launch your plans.” "

The burly former India seamer also backed spinner Kuldeep Yadav to return to form: “Every bowler goes through a stage where they get hit. It’s my job to remind him about all the good things he has done in the past and build his confidence.”