India squad for Australia tour: Varun Chakravarthy - from first IPL five-wicket haul to maiden T20I call-up

Varun Chakravarthy recorded figures of 4-0-20-5 and helped his team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) register a 59-run win against Delhi Capitals in the IPL.

Varun Chakravarthy celebrates after picking his maiden five-wicket haul.   -  IPL

Two days after his maiden five-wicket haul in the Indian Premier League(IPL), spinner Varun Chakravarthy earned his maiden Team India call-up for the T20 series in Australia later this year.

Varun recorded figures of 4-0-20-5 and helped his team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) register a 59-run win against Delhi Capitals (DC) in Abu Dhabi. He was part of the 16-man squad announced on Monday for the T20 series.

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The 28-year-old mystery spinner was bought for a whopping Rs. 8.4 crore by Kings XI Punjab in 2019 and played one IPL game, conceding 35 runs from 3 overs. He injured his shoulder and had not figured in competitive cricket until this year's IPL.

In an interview to Sportstar last December, Varun declared his ambitions of pulling on the India jersey. “I want to play for India in the ICC World Twenty20,” he said, after he was picked by KKR for Rs. 4 crore.

Having set himself at a base price of Rs 30 lakh, Varun attracted intense bidding between Royal Challengers Bangalore and KKR. Varun earned the highest bid among uncapped Indian players at the IPL 2020 auction.

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T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Shikhar, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vc & wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy

Varun Chakravarthy: 'Feels surreal'

“It feels surreal,” said the architect-turned-mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy after he got a maiden India call-up for the T20 series in Australia.

The 29-year-old, who only started taking his spin bowling seriously in 2018, said he was not expecting to be picked in the national team.

“After the match got over I got to know [of my selection into the Indian team]. I keep using the same word again and again, it feels surreal,” he told BCCI.TV after the game against Kings XI Punjab on Monday night.

“My basic goal was to play in the team regularly and perform and contribute to their wins. Hopefully I’ll be able to do the same for India. I am not very active on social media and I have to thank the selectors for keeping their faith in me. I don’t really have words.”

- PTI

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