Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore has expressed his disappointment after Varun Chakravarthy lost his spot in the Indian team. The mystery spinner failed BCCI’s mandatory fitness Test twice and thus was ruled out of the white-ball leg. The BCCI has named a pretty young squad and ones who have performed in the IPL consistently well in the last couple of years. Suryakumar Yadav has finally earned his maiden India call-up after consistent performances in domestic cricket and the IPL. The BCCI has also included players like Ishan Kishan, Rahul Tewatia who also performed well for their respective franchises.
Venky Mysore, the CEO of KKR, seemed to be upset with the decision to drop the leggie from the national squad and opined that the “game would have lost many greats based on the current standards”.
“@bhogleharsha he has more skills than most we have seen, but may be a few seconds slower in a sprint…I wonder how many greats of yesteryears, cricket would have lost, based on the current “standards”!” he wrote on Twitter.
Venky Mysore Laments After Varun Chakravarthy Loses T20I Spot
@bhogleharsha he has more skills than most we have seen, but may be a few seconds slower in a sprint…I wonder how many greats of yesteryears, cricket would have lost, based on the current “standards”! https://t.co/JHV9nZBO2v
— Venky Mysore (@VenkyMysore) March 11, 2021
Varun will have to wait for his opportunity of making his international debut for India as this is the last T20I series before the IPL. In the meantime, he will have to work hard on his fitness and make impressive performances in the upcoming IPL season.
Varun Chakravarthy isn’t the first player to be dropped for failing the fitness test. In 2018, the board dropped the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami and Sanju Samson for flunking the test. Both Rayudu and Shami made their returns after clearing the test while Samson also earned his India A spot back.
As per the new fitness rules, a player has to either score 17.1 in the yo-yo test or run 2 kilometers in 8.30 minutes – (8.15 minutes for bowlers to be eligible for selection. Varun Chakravarthy was first ruled out of the Australis series with an injury. he was included in the T20I series for England but failed the fitness Test twice after which he was ruled out.