While the internet is buzzing around the new IPL sensation Varun Chakravarthy, very few know that the 27-year old spinner had quit cricket way back when he was studying in college.
In the recently held IPL auction, Kings Eleven Punjab picked an Uncapped Varun Chakravarthy for a whopping 8.4 crores, earning 42 times his base price of INR 20 lakhs. Varun, perhaps, had never imagined him being auctioned for such a heavy price, hoping to get picked by some franchise to start his IPL Career.
"I was with my family watching the auction and it was a thrilling
The auction and playing the IPL itself is a different experience
for me. I did not expect this massive amount and I was just hoping
to be picked at my base price of 20 lakh.” Varun told ESPN.
Started as a wicket-keeper batsman at the age of 13, Varun quit playing cricket when he was in college. However, he resumed playing his favourite game once he completed his architectural studies as a fast bowler. Thanks to his injury, the Tamil Nadu cricketer turned to a spinner.
“I quit cricket when I was studying in college. And after I finished my
college, I took up cricket again and I wanted to be a fast bowler
and when I was playing as a fast bowler for the team Krombus, that’s
when I injured my leg. After that I took six months to recover from
the injury and then I started bowling spin.” Chakravarthy said.
Varun T-20 break arrived this year having claimed nine wickets in the Tamil Nadu premier league 2018. Out of 240 deliveries he bowled, 125 balls were dot-balls.
The architect has certainly laid the foundation and now needs some luck and persistence to make a tall career.