Varun Aaron is yet to taste much success while representing India but has gained experience while playing in the Indian Premier League which gives an opportunity to every fringe Indian player to contest with the celebrated cricketers of the world. A good performance in the IPL gives the selected player a chance to play for India.
The speedster Aaron has picked up 29 odd wickets from 18 internationals as he played in nine Tests and nine ODIs which is in contrast to his performance in IPL where he has picked 42 wickets from 47 matches. His bowling average is 31.79 which is moderately all right considering his averages 52.61 in Tests and 38.09 in ODIs.
Varun Aaron Picked Up To Play For Indian Team
The year 2014 was an impressive one when he picked up 16 wickets from 10 matches playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore following which he was drafted in the Test squad first against West Indies at home and then against England where he picked 5 wickets playing 2 Tests.
The sight of a bouncer striking Stuart Broad made more headlines than his performance and he soon faded out after playing two more tests that year and four more tests the next year.
Varun Aaron made his Test debut in 2011 against West Indies and played his last Test in 2015 against South Africa whereas in ODI he made his debut in 2011 against England and his last one came in 2014 against Sri Lanka. The 30-year-old right-arm pacer has got limited opportunities despite bowling at 145 kph almost regularly.
Varun Aaron’s Memorable Performances
For him, a particular dismissal of a legendary world-class batsman, however, stands apart. He remembers that as a youngster he had rattled the stumps of former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist.
“My favourite memory would be my first IPL wicket, Adam Gilchrist. I got him bowled and it was the middle-stump. I was 19 or 20 back then and to see the whole stadium go up suddenly was a massive high. I had never felt that before,” Aaron told Sportstar.
Despite playing 5 watches for 4 wickets, he had his share of memorable experiences. He remembers that he bowled well to Kolkata Knight Rider’s young prospect batsman Shubman Gill and opener Chris Lynn of KKR.
“I had a good moment last year too. I have been practising the knuckleball for a year-and-a-half or two. I had practised swing with the new ball. I came back in a match where Rajasthan Royals had to win against the Kolkata Knight Riders,” he said.
“Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill had opened the batting for KKR. I got Lynn bowled and I felt Gill might be suspect to a slower knuckleball of mine. It was perfect. It landed exactly where I wanted it to, it did exactly how much I wanted it to. It was just a great ball.”
Varun Aaron played for Kolkata Knight Riders from 2008 to 2010, Delhi Daredevils from 2011 to 2013, Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2014 to 2016, Kings XI Punjab in 2017,2018 and Rajasthan Royals in 2019.
Aaron picked up 18 wickets in nine Tests and 11 wickets in 9 ODIs. Varun Aaron continued to play in IPL but still tried hard to be picked up by a franchise.