Varun Chakravarthy had almost given up cricket before becoming the IPL millionaire

He was snapped by the Kings XI Punjab for a whopping amount of Rs 8.4 crores.

Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for the 12th edition was huge for the Indian uncapped players. The franchise went haywire for them during the event and Varun Chakravarthy turned out to be the most expensive player along with Jaydev Unadkat. He was snapped up by the Kings XI Punjab for a whopping amount of Rs 8.4 crores.

However, before becoming the millionaire, Varun had almost given up cricket and didn’t see a future in the sport. He joined Architecture in one of the top colleges in Chennai and was thinking about building and designing the houses. Though after two years, he decided to give another shot at the game he loved the most and the decision has changed his life forever now.


“At that point, I was thinking about how to design houses. I didn’t see a future in cricket. That’s why I went into architecture. I wanted to become an architect. But after two years into my job, I asked myself if I hadn’t put my heart and soul into my first love, cricket. That’s when I thought I will return to the game. I woke up one fine morning and had this thought. It was unforeseen. I was a bit frustrated with my job,” he said while speaking to India Today.

Cricket wasn’t part of my routine for seven years

Varun Chakravarthy was so much focussed on his architectural career that he didn’t even think of cricket for seven years. During this period, even the matches on television didn’t generate any interest in him as the mystery spinner felt he didn’t belong at the highest level.

“Cricket was not part of my routine during those seven years. I was focussed on my work. Designing ate up a lot of my time. I was just playing a bit of tennis ball cricket but not professional cricket. I didn’t even watch cricket matches often. During my school days, I watched a lot of cricket but after I stopped playing, I didn’t have the urge to watch cricket because I felt I don’t belong there,” Varun further added.

However, after all the hard work and sacrifices, Varun has been rewarded with a big IPL contract and now it remains to be seen if the cricketer lives up to the price tag.

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