Varun Chakravarthy recently impressed people by grabbing a fifer against Delhi.
Team India is all set to tour Australia after the conclusion of IPL 2020 in UAE. In the latest turn of developments, the BCCI has announced the respective squads across the three formats of the game. The most surprising pick in the T20I squad has been of KKR’s star spinner Varun Chakravarthy. It will be the happiest day of his life as the mystery spinner has received a call from the national side.
He is having a great season with Kolkata Knight Riders and only a couple of days ago became the first bowler of IPL 2020 to pick a five-wicket haul. In their last match against table-toppers Delhi Capitals, he registered mind-blowing figures of 5/20 in four overs. He completely ruptured Delhi’s batting line up to help KKR crush Delhi by 59 runs.
Talking of his IPL 2020 journey, he has been the highest wicket-taker by a long way for KKR so far and has played a total of 11 matches for the team. He is the only new face in India’s T20I squad for the Australia tour and the team seems to have picked based on IPL performances. The entire team along with the newly snapped spinner is set to board a flight for Sydney from Dubai on either November 11 or 12.
What are the other big changes in the squad?
The entire team, including supporting staff, is set to travel in one go from Dubai. The only names that are in the squad and are not plying their trade in IPL are Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara. However, it remains to be seen whether Chakravarthy will land up in the playing XI of the team owing to serious competition in the squad.
The other development related to the announcement of the squad that has shocked people is the absence of hitman Rohit Sharma. BCCI’s medical team is closely looking at his injury and might travel later if he gets fit in time. Rishabh Pant has failed to find a place in the limited overs squads and will only be seen in the national Test team. Meanwhile, Varun Chakravarthy’s pick has surprised many and soon the spinner was trending on social media.
Here are some of the tweets:
Wow Varun Chakravarthy. What a story and what a change in life in matter of years. That 5w haul came at the perfect time. He has played just 11 T20s , 9 List A games and 1 FC. Dreams do come true!! #INDvsAUS
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) October 26, 2020
Today’s imaginary conversation!! DK to Chakravarthy: “Podu podu, dhairiyama podu! India teamle vandutte! Enna vendumnalum podu!” (Bowl bowl, bravely! You are in Indus team. Bowl anything!” 😂 #IPL2020 #KKRvsKXIP #KKRvKXIP
— Vincent Sunder (@vincentsunder) October 26, 2020
Good to see selectors being bold n backing the mystery element in Varun Chakravarthy. Show the same in batting too – how many top order anchors do you need
— Karthik Lakshmanan (@lk_karthik) October 26, 2020
Varun Chakravarty, fascinating story. Least templated entry into the India. Team. No under 19, 21 etc etc.
— Avinash (@avinashbala1570) October 26, 2020
Great to see Varun Chakravarthy being selected for the Australian T20I series
— Subbu (@subbu3799) October 26, 2020
Elated for Varun Chakravarthy, but struggling to understand the continued reluctance to play @ashwinravi99 in white ball cricket. Not even in the 50-over format? He’s bowled with top class skill this IPL. On Australian pitches where there will be little purchase, class is key.
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) October 26, 2020
This is the best team selection u all have done @BCCI giving chance to Sanju Samson and Varun Chakravarthy is a great decision 👏👏 https://t.co/268xIeCZqP
— Preeti #RCB😍😍 (@Preeti_Nishad5) October 26, 2020
— Sachin Rajnale (@farzi_memer) October 26, 2020
Varun Chakravarty making it to the Indian team has to be one of the most absurd selections ever! He hasn’t even played domestic cricket and you’re telling me you can play for India based off of good performances in the TNPL and IPL for 1 season!? @cricketaakash @bhogleharsha
— Praatibh Surana (@PraatibhS) October 26, 2020
this was the best ever news along with Varun Chakravarthy in the T20 squad 💙 https://t.co/IUtEYCKKG9
— Guruprakash (@im_guroot) October 26, 2020
So wonderful to see Varun Chakravarthy in the Indian T20 squad! #INDvsAUS https://t.co/GM4WXBxll3
— Prasanna Sant (@SantPrasanna) October 26, 2020
Sydney has decent sized boundaries and Canberra is a huge field. That, and the mystery factor, would make Chakravarthy a tactical selection https://t.co/oLffYRiKk9
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 26, 2020
Varun Chakravarty makes his name in India squad tour of Australia, but still there is no place for Surya Kumar Yadav in any of the format, feel very sad for him. #indiatourofaustralia #INDvsAUS @BCCI @bhogleharsha @cricbuzz
— Shubham dalmia (@TheSonOfCricket) October 26, 2020
— Shreenath (@MRS220301) October 26, 2020