Shastri has his way, B.Arun is bowling coach

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The coach recruitment chaos has ended with the appointment of Ravi Shastri as Anil Kumble's successor.

The decision to appoint Arun, on a two-year contract, was taken after Shastri met the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and BCCI officials, including acting President C K Khanna and Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary. "If you see whatever happened during that one week, you can make a movie on this. a good Bollywood movie".

Ravi Shastri seems to be getting his way with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) now awarding an enhanced pay package to the Indian cricket team's coaching staff. Along with Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput were in the fray and appeared in the interview process.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Virat Kohli of India during the ICC Champions Trophy Final match between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. Arun has had an influence in the Indian team as well and has nurtured young talent. Yes rain did eat up much of the time but it's not that if I had those extra sessions I would have done something out of the ordinary in Sri Lanka.

India will play three test matches, five ODIs and a Twenty20 in Sri Lanka with the first test starting on July 26. Losing the first Test was a shock but the way we bounced back was only because of the team culture that was created at that stage.

Kohli further stressed on the team's comfort with Shastri and added, "We should already be in-sync because we have worked before for 3 years".

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India capitulated in the first Test at Galle before bouncing back to win the next two Tests and win the series 2-1.

"I don't think there is any added pressure". I don't come in with any baggage. Whatever happened in the past should stay there.

Former India captain and current Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Sourav Ganguly refused to comment on the re-signing of Bharat Arun as the bowling coach of India till the 2019 World Cup.

R.Sridhar will continue to serve the team as the fielding coach. Sanjay Bangar was named the team's assistant coach. One as a player and as a former captain: When you play the game, you want your mind to be clear. "I want the players to only think about their roles". However, the board is still undecided on Zaheer Khan's status as consulting bowling coach.

Mirror has learnt that Shastri was given the option of using Zaheer and Dravid's services, and he is understood to have told the BCCI that he may require them for only a brief period. "There is no clarity on how many days Zaheer will be available". But their inputs will be invaluable.

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