Indian team management’s interest in Varun Chakravarthy ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 (T20) Championship is reflected in the spinner chosen for the Limited Edition India Tour (three ODI and three T20) in Sri Lanka. Varun’s selection comes just after his failure in the mandatory fitness test after being selected for the T20I series at home against England earlier this year.
The Indian think tank is keen to give him an idea of international cricket ahead of World Twenty20. It is different, special and a game changer. Such cricketers rarely come. For his part, Varun worked hard on his physical condition with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coaches with the specific aim of erasing the parameters set by the BCCI.
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“I am confident that I will pass the fitness tests. Playing for India in the World Twenty20 is a very dear dream for me, ”he told Sports star in an exclusive chat Friday.
As a spinner he has a bag of tricks and has been KKR’s most notable pitcher in the IPL, giving little while bowling in the tough stages of the innings.
“I consider myself a leg spinner although the media calls me a mysterious spinner. The leg rotation delivery is my original ball, and I have the googly and the pinball machine. I try to make my top-spinner more powerful.
The variations of rhythm, trajectory and angles are also very present in his bowling alley. When asked how he manages to keep his composure while playing in high pressure IPL situations, he replied, “I’m just focusing on the process. I can control things until the ball leaves my hand. If the process is good, I don’t bother even if I run.
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He recalls the time spent at NCA Bengaluru treating a shoulder injury that kept him off the Australian tour and thanked fitness trainer Aashish Kaushik for his contributions.
Varun also remembered conversations with the legendary Rahul Dravid. “He said to me, ‘You have the ability. Don’t take anything for granted. Maintain dedication. ‘ “
He is looking forward to the tour in Sri Lanka. “I interacted with Shikhar Dhawan at the NCA. He is a jovial person and I look forward to playing under him.