I’m still not bowling at my quickest, says Varun Aaron

I’m still not bowling at my quickest, says Varun Aaron

Aaron made his international debut in 2011, slowly was eclipsed over the years.

Varun Aaron
Varun Aaron. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Not too long ago, Varun Aaron was seen as India’s reply to the world of pace, where the country did not have a great presence as compared to some other sides. But the bowler from Jharkhand, who made his international debut in 2011, slowly was eclipsed over the years as India kept on producing more and more pace bowlers who also kept on playing without injury scare for long periods of time.

Varun, who turned 29 on October 29, had a decent Vijay Hazare Trophy this year taking 18 wickets in eight matches, played only one game in the Deodhar Trophy for India ‘B’ in which he took two wickets for 45 runs in nine overs. But was that enough for Varun to strengthen his claim for a comeback into the national side – especially ahead of a full-fledged series in Australia starting next month?

For many, the genuine quick bowler was not handled rightly. And as per former India pacer Subrata Banerjee, who worked with Varun at the National Cricket Academy and the Just Cricket Academy, the bowler’s action could be slightly adjusted which would help him avoid back strains. The consequent course-correction has helped him is what Banerjee feels.

Former pacer Subrata Banerjee and others worked on technicalities

“He had a vigorous follow-through which is typical of those who touch 150-plus speeds. He had a problem with his length. His front arm had been going out. We got it to come in,” Banerjee was quoted by Mumbai Mirror as saying.

He said post modification, Varun’s run-up has improved and it is much smoother now which gives him a nice balance. He also said the pacer has developed a fine in-swinger. Banerjee also said that it’s the change of length which has left a marked difference in Varun’s bowling and the former is happy that it materialised even after putting months of practice.

Varun was part of the Indian side that toured Australia four years earlier, his speed had caught eyes but his control didn’t match the speed and after working on the technicalities, he seems to have overhauled some key challenges to his potential.

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