Former India player Irfan Pathan said that Varun Chakravarthy could be an X-factor for Team India in the upcoming T20 World Cup. He stated that the mystery element in his bowling is likely to remain the same.
However, Chakravarthy is part of India’s 15-member squad for the mega event. And, he has already given the proof of his credentials while registering figures of 3/13 in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday (September 20) as well.
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During a discussion on Star Sports, Pathan shared that Varun Chakravarthy will be the surprise element in India’s bowling department at the T20 World Cup.
He explained: “He can be a huge X-factor. You have not played him in international cricket, you have definitely played him in the IPL but the dynamics are slightly different in the IPL. When you play him in the World Cup after playing him in the IPL, it will still be different, the World Cup pressure will be different and the mystery will remain.”
The former India pace bowler gave the example of former India pacer Zaheer Khan’s knuckleball at the 2011 World Cup to explain his point.
“If you remember the 2011 World Cup, Zaheer Khan started using the knuckleball in the World Cup and not before that. That was a surprise delivery. So, the surprise factor is definitely beneficial when you play a new thing or bowler. Something similar can happen for Varun Chakravarthy,” Irfan Pathan elaborated.
The Skiddy nature of UAE wickets will help Varun Chakravarthy: Aakash Chopra
Varun Chakravarthy has so far played for Team India in just three T20Is against Sri Lanka. Although he claimed just a couple of wickets, he was quite economical. And, Aakash Chopra also pointed out that the skiddy nature of the UAE pitches will help Varun Chakravarthy.
“The pitches currently in the UAE are helpful for him because the ball is skidding after pitching and you are getting less time. If you don’t read from the hand, you try to get a clue off the pitch, which you are not going to get here,” Aakash Chopra added.
“His performance in the UAE was outstanding last time as well because of which his name came in the Indian team. The same Varun Chakravarthy was a slightly easier bowler to play when you were playing in India because that much fizz was not there after pitching. So, he is a four-over bowler and is a wicket-taking option in the middle overs,” he continued.