We have plans for Karnataka, says Arun Kumar

It will be a special assignment for Hyderabad coach J Arun Kumar when his team takes on Karnataka in the Group ‘A’ Ranji Trophy tie here from Tuesday.

Arun Kumar was instrumental in transforming Karnataka into a formidable force in domestic cricket couple of years ago. During his tenure as the coach, Karnataka enjoyed unprecedented success and players like K L Rahul, Karun Nair and Manish Pandey went on to realise their dream of playing for the country.

Following five seasons where he built a solid Karnataka team, Arun Kumar finds himself in a different role this time around. “I am very excited about this game but definitely not emotional. We all know each other so well that it seems like a friendly match for me. But yes when it comes to cricket, my loyalty lies with Hyderabad. I will do my best to motivate my players to do well against Karnataka,” he said.

JAK, as he is popularly known as, said he has chalked out certain strategies for the Karnataka batsman. “Of course we have plans for their batsmen. Karnataka has a formidable line-up and almost nine players can bat well. So we have to keep bowling in the right areas. But in the end, what I have realised with my coaching experience is that whatever we discuss with the players, it all boils down to execution. If you don’t play according to the plan, everything goes wasted,” he offered.

Having worked with him closely, Arun Kumar would know that Rahul will be a big threat to his team. “Rahul is one of the cleanest batsmen in the country. There is indeed pressure on us with him back in the Karnataka side. But with due respects to him, it takes one good ball to get him out and we are looking forward to keep bowling in the right areas.”

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