I learnt a lot sitting out of playing Xl: Varun Aaron

Varun Aaron made an immediate impact by claiming three wickets on his debut against England on Sunday AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Oct 24, 2011

India s brand new pace sensation Varun Aaron, who made his One-day international (ODI) debut against England on Sunday, said although he did not play a single match in India s tour of England, he utilised his time on the sidelines to hone his skills further.

“Being with the team helped; I learnt a lot sitting out and working with my team-mates and bowling in the nets. So yeah, it came good after eight matches.

“Watching games you obviously pick up a few faults of the batsmen and where their strengths are. So you seek to bowl that way,” Aaron said.

“I didn t meet Zaheer Khan in England at all; I met him recently when I was in National Cricket Academy (NCA) after the England tour so I spoke to him and he gave me a few insights on how the England batsmen play and what to bowl, so it was helpful.”

Aaron made an immediate impact by claiming three wickets against England.

“The wicket was a little slow, as it was throughout the match, but in the first spell I just tried to bowl a good line and keep them quiet and in the second spell the ball started reversing so I knew I would be up for a few wickets. I was happy; the second spell offered me more than the first spell.

“Getting into the side because of a good performance at the India A and Ranji Trophy levels does give you the confidence that you have earned your place in the squad.”

The young pacer admitted the fact that fast bowlers need to work hard to maintain his pace and strength.

“It s more an all-round thing. I work a lot on all aspects of my fitness and I keep a good check on my action, so it all adds up to me bowling fast. God-willing I will stay strong, play hard and bowl at a good pace.”

On the use of the new ball at both ends, Aaron said: “I don t think it makes much of a difference because anyway they used to change [the ball] after the 34th over; so at least now you have one ball which you can work on and it reverses later on so honestly from my point of view I don t feel it s much of a difference at all.

“But now that a new ball is used at both ends, then you have a ball which is fairly new, which hasn t been on the ground for 35 overs. It does reverse but it would reverse a little later than if only one new ball were used to begin with. But the ball today was reversing pretty well,” he said.