India’s search for a tear-away pace bowler might have ended with Varun Aaron making his presence felt in the domestic circuit. And the 21-year-old is keenly waiting for a chance to represent his nation at the highest level.
Aaron sent down a 153 kph delivery in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final and can consistently bowl at speeds rarely seen in a land starved of genuine pacemen, but Varun believes he has a lot more to his repertoire than just raw power.
"Speed... okay, you got to bowl quick but it troubles international batsmen only to a certain extent. After that, they adjust pretty easily," Varun told Reuters.
"You got to have a few tricks up your sleeve and you got to bowl at a good line and length consistently to get wickets."
Varun's measured approach is hardly surprising for someone tutored by two of the best possible bowling gurus.
"I have been a trainee and now an employee at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai and learnt a lot from Dennis (Lillee) and T.A.Sekar about my bowling action.
"They taught me how important my bowling action is to my bowling well and bowling quick without getting injured. "If I'm having an ache or a pain now, I can immediately see my action and find for myself if I'm going wrong anywhere. It's much easier now. "At Kolkata Knight Riders, Wasim Akram shared a lot of experience and how important it was not only to train (in the gym) but also to keep bowling. And of course he taught me a thing or two about reverse swing."
The youngster appears to be taking the sudden attention he has generated in his stride but is ready to wait his dream of winning a Test cap. "I follow the same routine," he added. "I just try and perform wherever I get a chance and whenever they have to pick me, they'll pick me. It's not in my control after all." he concluded.