Healthy competition among pacers is good for Indian cricket, says Varun Aaron

Aaron hailed Virat Kohli for backing the current crop of Indian pacers.

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Finding himself on the sidelines of national setup, Jharkhand speedster Varun Aaron has said that it is fairly difficult to make it to the Indian team considering the level of competition for each spot. Nonetheless, Aaron feels healthy competition among pacers is good for Indian cricket and it never really bothers him. 

"It's tough to make a comeback to the national side. I have almost played a full domestic season after a long time which I was really looking forward to. I played the whole Ranji season, then Syed Mushtaq Ali, and now the Vijay Hazare Trophy. A lot of questions used to be raised if I would last the whole season.I have put that to rest now. So there is no concern over my fitness now,” Varun said in an exclusive interview with Cricketnext.

"Competition is something that never really bothers me. Had these things affected me, I wouldn't have been able to make a comeback in 2014. All the bowlers in the team are very good friends. Whoever is bowling well will be picked," he further added.

Having made his international debut back in 2011, Aaron became the victim of several career-threatening injuries.  However, the 28-year-old has not given up just as yet. He looks to evolve with every outing as a bowler.

"If you see, in the Ranji Trophy we just played on flat tracks. Not only did I endure that, but I ended up bowling 130 overs in just four games. It was tough, but then I have learnt a lot now playing on those kind of tracks. That has made me evolve as a bowler, and I have come up with a few tricks, which I wouldn't have, if not for these flat tracks.

"We played in Jharkhand mostly and the away games that we played were on good batting tracks too. So all-in-all I think I bowled well. Numbers do matter at the end of the day. I can't go and tell everyone how well I bowled. So I guess I just have to take it with a pinch of salt," Aaron asserted.

The Indian bowling attack had recently taken 60 wickets in the three Test matches against South Africa and the fast bowlers had caused most of the damage. 
When asked about the current crop of Indian pacers Aaron credited the Indian captain Virat Kohli for supporting them thoroughly.

"You saw how the Indian pacers bowled in the last series. The conditions were good and the pacers delivered. That is because Virat supports the pacers well. He loves backing his fast bowlers and that's why India is doing so well on away tours too," he said.

During the recently held IPL auction, Aaron had gone unsold. As expected he is a bit disappointed but wants to make the most of that time by playing in County Cricket. 

"I was certainly disappointed, as I had a good season with Kings XI Punjab last year. I got wickets for them too. But then I have put that behind me already and am looking to play some county cricket. Missing out on IPL is no big deal," Aaron concluded. 


By Salman Anjum - 19 Feb, 2018

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