Varun Chakraborty made his T20 debut for Team India this year.
The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 has started. The first round of the tournament began on Sunday 17 October with the clash between hosts Oman and Papua New Guinea (Oman vs PNG). As far as the Indian cricket team is concerned, the fans of Team India will have to wait till October 24 and in the very first match, Virat Kohli’s team will face Pakistan. There are many veteran players in the Indian team for this tournament, apart from captain Kohli, there are greats like Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja, but if Suresh Raina is to be believed, then the biggest role in India’s success. Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy can play.
The Kolkata Knight Riders spinner, who performed well in the IPL for two consecutive seasons, made his debut for Team India this year. Varun had stepped on the field for the first time in the T20 series against Sri Lanka in July wearing a blue jersey and now after playing just 3 matches, he is not only a part of the World Cup squad, but his inclusion in the playing XI is almost certain. . With seasoned stalwarts like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, Varun will be the main weapon of the Indian spin department.
Varun has to be challenging to play, will be the most important bowler
Before the start of India’s campaign in the World Cup, former Indian batsman Suresh Raina expressed his opinion on Team India’s expectations and preparations in his column written for the ICC website. Referring to Varun Chakraborty’s pivotal role, Raina wrote,
“My experience in IPL was that if we talk about the mysterious spinner, it will be very challenging to play him in UAE and Oman. This makes Varun Chakraborty a key player in the Indian bowling attack. He has also shown that he can take advantage of the pace of the pitch.”
Not only this, Raina also dismissed the apprehension that Varun would not prove to be effective due to not having much experience in international cricket. Raina wrote, “Varun has played only three T20 Internationals but I am not worried about the lack of experience. There are a lot of experienced players in the team, especially in the fast bowling attack.
Such was the performance of Varun Chakraborty
29-year-old spinner Varun Chakraborty has performed brilliantly for KKR in two consecutive IPL seasons. Varun, who became a part of Kolkata in the 2020 season, took 17 wickets in 13 matches in the tournament played in UAE. His economy rate was also 6.84. At the same time, his performance remained the same in the IPL 2021 season played in two parts in India and UAE this year and this time he took 18 wickets in 17 matches. Also this time his economy rate got better and he spent runs at the rate of 6.58. As far as international cricket is concerned, Varun has played 3 matches, in which he has taken 2 wickets with an economical of 5.30.
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