Varun Aaron has so far taken three wickets in England innings © Getty Images
Varun Aaron (center) has so far taken three wickets in England innings © Getty Images

By Chetan Narula

Manchester: Aug 9, 2014

Varun Aaron had a history of breakdowns and even went under the knife once but that hasn’t dettered him from bowling quick as the young India speedster says he won’t cut down on his pace come what may. Aaron has so far dismissed three batsmen in England‘s first innings, two of which came on day one and then took another wicket on rain-hit day two at the Old Trafford on Friday.

“There is a clear message that I have got to bowl quick and yes shorter spells are better and helpful in that case. I have had five stress fractures but I don’t hold myself back from bowling quick,” Aaron told reporters after the rain-marred second day of the fourth Test.

“When I was operated upon one-and-a-half years ago, my target was to be here on this tour. I had a good support system, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) backed me and I worked hard at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and at the MRF (Pace Foundation). I am glad to be here and I had a good match so far. I am feeling good with my bowling too,” said Aaron pleased with his impressive comeback in Test cricket.

Almost two sessions were washed out yesterday with only 36 overs possible on day two as England reached 237 for six in reply to India’s 152 in their first innings. Talking about the ball that dismissed Moeen Ali, Aaron said, “I had just bowled a bouncer to him and I followed it up with an inswinger. He has had a problem with the short ball, bouncer followed by a foot-ball is a good method.”

With Joe Root and Jos Buttler stopping India’s charge with a 67-run stand for the seventh wicket, England clearly enjoys the upperhand over India as they lead by 85 runs with three days remaining in the match. But Aaron said the match was still wide open.

“The wicket has changed from what we saw in that first hour. I am happy that I got wickets when we needed them but there is still a long way to go in the match. England are ahead obviously but they are not too much ahead and even a 100 run-lead is manageable,” he said.

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