Kolkata Knight Riders’ mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy was rewarded for his performance in IPL 2020 with a maiden India call-up. The BCCI announced India’s Test ODI, and T20I squads for the much-anticipated Australia tour, starting in November last week, on Monday. And Varun found himself part of the T20I squad led by Virat Kohli.
In 11 matches, Varun Chakravarthy has picked up 13 wickets so far for KKR in IPL 2020. The Tamil Nadu spinner was bought by Kings XI Punjab ahead of IPL 2020 for a whopping price of Rs 8.4 crore but an injury hampered his campaign as he was ruled out after just 1 match. However, Varun kept putting in the hard yards and he was rewarded for it with a Rs 4 crore contract with KKR for IPL 2020.
Varun became the first bowler to pick up a 5-wicket haul on Saturday when he decimated Delhi Capitals’ strong middle-order with figures of 5/20 in 4 overs. The wily spinner has made life difficult for batsmen with his control and variations off the pitch and in the air.
It’s been a ‘surreal journey’ for the 29-year-old Varun as he nearly gave up on cricket after opting a career in architecture. Varun had been an ardent follower of the game and played a lot of tennis ball cricket as a teenager but he chose to pursue architecture when he had to make a career choice.
Varun completed his architecture course from a top private university in Chennai and began freelancing. However, 2 years into his job, Varun decided to give another shot at a career in his first love — cricket. Speaking to indiatoday. In, Varun had said he woke up one fine morning and decided he would get back to cricket.
However, he began his career in competitive cricket as a fast bowler. An injury forced him to take up spin and there has been no looking back since. Varun, after his maiden 5-wicket haul, said he had started to bowl spin only in 2017-18 season. The journey to the top of international cricket has been quick and inspiring for the young spinner from Tamil Nadu.
Varun Chakravarthy’s story puts a smile on my face: Gavaskar
Speaking to Star Sports, former India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar said Varun Chakravarthy’s story reminds us that with hard work, one can realise even some surreal dreams.
“It does put a smile on my face (his story). It just tells you dreams do come true. He had given up and again restarted, he wanted to become a fast bowler. Through all those things, you must believe in yourself and your dreams come true,” Gavaskar said.
The batting great said it was not just his 5-wicket haul but consistent performances throughout the IPL that has been rewarded.
“Chakravarthy is there not just for his five-for but the way he has bowled throughout the entire tournament. He has not given so many runs, he has picked up wickets at crucial times in the middle overs. He has not allowed the batsmen to settle down against him at all,” Gavaskar said.
“Clearly, reward for some fine performances in the IPL.”
India’s T20I squad for Australia tour: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy.
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