He came, he saw but before he could conquer, injuries changed the script of his career. But he sped passed his competitors to bounce back and is now one of the pace batteries in the Indian cricket team. Varun Aaron – the speed gun from Jamshedpur – believes the ICC World T20 is a good opportunity to turn things around for the better.
"It is important because we haven't been having the best run and this is a good way of turning things around. I am looking forward to it," says Aaron, who will be playing his first-ever World tournament.
The bowler made a national comeback on the tour of New Zealand early this year and also went on to play the Asia Cup, where he clocked 149.99 kph. No doubt he is a prized possession for his pace but his length has been under scanner. Much like Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and the clan, he too, seems to be suffering from the recurring syndrome of being an expensive fast bowler.
He further aggravated problems for himself after bowling two consecutive beamers in the Asia Cup tie against Bangladesh. Before he was taken off the attack, his figures read 7.5-0-74-1. But he is ready to do the damage control.
"I am not really satisfied with my performance. I can do much better. I am looking forward to make amends," he says. "The beamers were totally unintentional. It just slipped off my hands. Virat Kohli understood. Any cricketer will understand, it can happen to anybody."
Both the Indian team and Aaron himself have not played much of T20 in the recent past but that doesn't seem to be a concern for the bowler. "No country has played much T20 as such. We keep playing one or two T20s on and off. You can't really help it," says Aaron, currently in Kolkata for the Vijay Hazare Trophy knock-out where Jharkhand will take on Services in Wednesday's quarterfinal.
"I am having some match practice now before the tournament," says Aaron, who doesn't find much difference between the pitches in Bangladesh and India.
"The only difference is that in Bangladesh, the wicket tends to get slower towards the end of a tournament as a lot of cricket is played on the same wicket," he says.