Aaron: I've taken India squad omission in my stride

Varun Aaron, in Chennai to sharpen his skills at the MRF Pace Foundation, says he is disappointed to be omitted from the India squads for the Asia Cup and World T20, but he has taken it in his stride.

Aaron maintains he will not cut down on his pace to preserve himself.   -  R. Ragu

Varun Aaron is at the MRF Pace Foundation to hone his skills under Glenn McGrath. He is also beginning a fresh phase of his life and career. “This is my first day of practice after my marriage. I am really looking forward to my cricket,” he said here on Monday.

Asked about his omission from the Indian teams for the Asia Cup and the ICC World Twenty20, Aaron said, “Anybody will get disappointed if he is not picked for the country. I love playing for India. But I have taken it in my stride. I wish the Indian team the best of luck. I am now preparing for the IPL.”

Someone who can bowl genuine quick, Aaron said he would not slow down his pace to preserve himself. In this context McGrath said, “India should make better use of someone like Aaron who can bowl at 150 kmph. He has a lot to offer to the Indian attack.”

'Awkward, educating'

Aaron said he was happy to see Jasprit Bumrah succeed. “It’s great to see him do well. He has got a deceptive action. And he has a very good yorker.”

On India’s prospects in World Twenty20, Aaron said, “India has a great chance. It’s got a mix of the young and the old with Nehra and Yuvraj back in the team.” Aaron said it was both “an awkward and an educating experience” to captain M. S. Dhoni in the Jharkhand side. Comparing Dhoni’s methods with that of Virat Kohli, he said, “Both give bowlers the confidence, the first choice in setting fields, and plan with them.”

During his two-week stay here, Aaron said he wanted to play for Globe Trotters in the TNCA first division league.