Team India Bowling Coach Bharat Arun: Profile

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Newly-appointed India head coach Ravi Shastri expressed the desire to have Tendulkar on board as a consultant, provided it is not a case of conflict of interest, during Tuesday's meeting with the BCCI special committee. People like Shastri and Kumble come and go. As the team embarks on new journeys after the disappointment of the Champions Trophy, its destiny is in its own hands as the choice of coaching personnel is that of the captain and head coach.

I don't think there is added pressure as what has to happen will happen.

With these appointments the process of choosing coaching team has come to a full circle as this will have a direct impact on the performance of Team India which gears up to take on Sri Lanka from 26th of July onwards. The responsibility is given to me and I hope to deliver till the time I am captain.

"We do have the culture now to win Test matches and series away".

On 2nd April 2011 after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni spun the coin it looked as if he thought he had won the toss
On 2nd April 2011 after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni spun the coin it looked as if he thought he had won the toss

The 42-year-old, who took 259 wickets in 71 Tests for Australia, has built an impressive coaching CV since retiring from playing, steering English county powerhouse Yorkshire to consecutive County Championships titles and Big Bash League outfit Adelaide Strikers. Shastri said the entire sequence of events which made him Anil Kumble's successor is a script worthy of a Bollywood potboiler. He wants the BCCI to compensate him if it also means a pay cut. I don't come with any baggage. "I did not know about the conditions of Kumble's contract that it was one year".

"The credit should go to everyone who has participated in this team over the last 3 years".

"I have matured from the last time I went to Sri Lanka and I have matured immensely in the last two weeks". Speculations are not in my control and criticism is something I have learned to live with.

"I have matured since I last went to Sri Lanka". And Shastri, in his typical flamboyant style, stressed upon the fact that the focus should be on the team and not the support staff and they need to be given the credit they deserve. Everyone has faced hardships in the past. "I doubt for 25 days in a year, you would want to forgo all your other commitments". "I certainly don't take any added pressure", he added. "We showed that we have the ability and we can win from any situation". But going by the jovial mood the team carried from Mumbai before taking off for Colombo, its certain the Ravi Shastri-Bharat Arun combination has brought back some comfort level in the dressing room.

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