Varun Aaron - many more miles to clock!
It is generally considered an exceptional feat for any bowler to bowl genuinely quick on Indian pitches. For young Varun Aaron, speed comes naturally. The express bowler rose to fame when he clocked 153 kmph in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The Jharkhand bowler immediately became the light at the end of the tunnel for an entire nation who waited anticipatedly for the birth of a genuine fast bowler. Aaron has the rare skill of bowling fast and rattling batsmen without too much difficulty. He can generate pace even from dead wickets and he proved his worth during his Test debut at Wankhede against the Carribean side. Aaron clocked in the higher 140 kmphs on the usually placid Wankhede pitch and this enabled him to generate a lot of attention.
Varun Aaron joined the MRF Pace Academy in Chennai at the young age of 15. Right from an early age, speed has always been his top priority. In his first year with the Jharkhand Under-19 side, he also played for East Zone and was later part of the India U-19 camp. In the 2008-09 season he made his Ranji Trophy debut for Jharkhand. Wasim Akram and the then Kolkata captain Sourav Ganguly were impressed with Aaron’s work rate and determination, so he was picked up to represent the Kolkata Knight Riders. However, he made his debut in the following IPL season for the Delhi Daredevils. Later, Aaron was sent Down Under to join the Emerging Players squad where a few solid performances soon earned him a national call up. Since then, Varun Aaron has represented the nation 7 times in One Day Internationals and played a solitary Test match for India.
He was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2014 IPL auctions and featured regularly for the playing XI. He did extremely well for the side by claiming 16 wickets in just 10 matches. Aaron was more than happy to bend his back in largely unhelpful conditions and he managed to skillfully use his pace as his primary weapon of destruction.
The speedster is aware of his strength and also about the repercussions it brings forth. There is no love lost between a fast bowler and injuries, but they are quick to become acquaintances. Aaron has had his share of injuries which kept him away from onfield action. But just like any young and determined fast bowler, Aaron has come back fitter and stronger. Though injuries were frequent obstacles, he didn’t drop a yard of pace; a sign of great things to come.
He bowled with a lot of venom in the recently concluded IPL and consistently clocked high on the speed gun. Varun Aaron belongs to a rare breed of Indian fast bowlers and is easily one of India’s brightest prospects. From here on, it can only be an upward journey for the 24 year old youngster!
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