VARUN CHAKRAVARTHY

INDIA

Full name Varun Chakravarthy Vinod

Born August 29, 1991, Bidar, Karnataka

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

PROFILE

A TNPL breed, Varun CV has mystery tag strapped around his back, with a bowling action resembling Sri Lankan mystery spinner, Ajanta Mendis. Varun started his cricket career as a wicket-keeper in his school days. Then turned into a medium-pacer as he grew up before quitting a high profile architect job and eventually settled with bowling spin, thanks to his knee injury.

In order to experiment variations, Varun demoted himself from second to fourth division in league cricket. That move worked wonders as he picked up 25 wickets and rose to prominence for his unique action which saw Karaikudi Kaalais snapping him up in the TNPL draft for 2017 season and it also acted as a catalyst for Varun being called up to KKR nets session where he worked closely with Sunil Narine and Co. After the conclusion of his IPL net session, Varun slightly remodeled his action and added new dimensions to his bowling. He became a hot property in 2018 TNPL draft where he was the first pick for Siechem Madurai Panthers.

Although Varun claimed only 9 wickets in the tournament, his economy and dot ball percentage (4.7 and 52.08 respectively) stood out the most. Overall, he bowled 125 dot balls in 10 innings and was one of the finds of the tournament. In the final, Varun’s figures read: 4-1-9-2 and he was one of the unsung heroes behind Madurai’s winning triumph. Tamil Nadu selectors wasted no time in selecting the mystery spinner in the TN state side for the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018/19. After some intense bidding, Varun was snapped up by KXIP in the IPL auctions for a whopping sum of 8.4 Crores ahead of the 2019 season.

BATTING & FIELDING STATS

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
First-class 1 0 0
List A 9 5 2 60 32 20.00 74 81.08 0 0 3 3 2 0
T20s 14 3 1 10 7* 5.00 15 66.66 0 0 0 0 3 0

BOWLING STATS

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 1 1 234 105 1 1/105 1/105 105.00 2.69 234.0 0 0 0
List A 9 9 520 367 22 5/38 5/38 16.68 4.23 23.6 0 1 0
T20s 14 14 330 391 18 5/20 5/20 21.72 7.10 18.3 0 1 0

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