Varun Aaron is coming off a good county stint with Leicestershire, during the same time India were touring England, claiming 16 wickets in List A and First Class for the county
Varun Aaron is coming off a good county stint with Leicestershire, during the same time India were touring England, claiming 16 wickets in List A and First Class for the county

Since his international debut in 2011, tearaway pacer Varun Aaron has played only nine Test and nine ODIs thus far, largely owing to a spate of injuries that has set back his promising career.

An MRF pace Academy alumni, Aaron’s last Test for India came in Bengaluru in 2015, and with host of young and promising pacers coming in to the Indian setup, the 28-year-old has fallen down the pecking order. But, the Singhbhum-born pacer has not let up on his dream of playing for India. With maturity and raw pace in his arsenal, he is hoping to get back in the national selectors’ radar.

“I wouldn’t be playing cricket if I had given up hopes of playing for India,” Aaron told the Sportsstar Live on the sidelines of the the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19.  “I bring 150 kmph to the table. I have more variety now. I bowl the leg-cutter and the slower one better now. Previously, I largely used to swing the ball away, now I bring it in too,” said Aaron, who has so far claimed ten wickets in five matches for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare.

With six wins in two matches (2 no-results), Jharkhand are in pole position in Elite C to qualify for the quarter final of the domestic 50-over competition and the 28-year-old feels that the team has the capability to go the full distance.

“Yes, it has been good and I am delighted to be bowling again with my old mate Rahul Shukla. We not just want to qualify but aim to win the competition,” he said.

Aaron is coming off a good county stint with Leicestershire, during the same time India were touring England, claiming 16 wickets in List A and First Class for the county in a total of 11 innings. The stint, Aaron says has helped him mature as a bowler.

“The experience matured me as a bowler. You travel so much, play in different cities, have to adapt,” he added.

In nine Test matches, Aaron has 18 wickets while he has picked up 11 scalps in nine ODIs. He was part of the India team that toured England in 2014, and famously broke Stuart Broad‘s nose with a sharp bouncer in the fourth Test at Old Trafford. Ever since the blow, Broad has never been the same batsman.