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IPL 2022: Varun Chakravarthy Looks To Up His Game With New Variation



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Kolkata Knight Riders’ mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy isn’t stressed over a fairly slow beginning to this IPL season and is putting money on another variety to turn into a superior bowler.

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The 30-year-old leg-spinner was the most noteworthy wicket-taker for KKR last season with 18 wickets from 17 matches and this season, he has only four wickets from five games.

Working On A New Variation: Varun Chakravarthy

“It is bound to happen, people will have plans against me. Last year in the Indian leg, I had six to seven wickets in seven matches. Later on, I picked up more wickets, so you cannot predict how many wickets you are going to get,” Chakravarthy said.

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Varun Chakravarthy (Image Credits: Twitter)
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“I am working on a new variation which I am looking forward to bowl more. If it starts clicking well it will definitely add a new dimension to my game,” he said ahead of KKR’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.

Asked further about the new variation, he said, “I am working on a leg-spin. I have been working for it in the last two years. I have bowled in a few matches and I have got a wicket out of that also.
“I need to be a little more confident (bowling the new variation) and start bowling it more.”

Have Stopped Taking Pain Killers: Varun Chakravarthy On Resolved Injury

An injury-prone Chakravarthy got back to competitive cricket in the IPL in the wake of including in the T20 World Cup last year when he was unable to pick a wicket prior to being sidelined because of a calf injury.

Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy (Image Credits: Twitter)

“I was at the NCA for the treatment of my injury. Now it is resolved very well. I could take the field without any pain killer. So, I am feeling fitter and that has helped me to bowl a lot better.”

On asked what kind of changes he used to make on wickets that favor batsmen, he said, “Stick to your basic plan, stick to your strength rather then focussing on the batsmen. So, to change the mental set-up.”

Rashid Khan Best Spinner In The World: Varun Chakravarthy

He considers Afghanistan star and Gujarat Titans player Rashid Khan as the best spinner presently in world cricket. “In cricket, you are bound to be hit. The best spinner right now is Rashid (Khan) and even he has gone for runs (in some matches) but he is still the best.

“It happens in a few matches, you will have a bad day and you just need to bounce back.” He additionally said that he imparts an extraordinary relationship to his kindred spinner in the KKR group, Sunil Narine of West Indies.

Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and Harbhajan Singh
Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and Harbhajan Singh (Image Credits: Twitter)

“Sunil is like a big brother to me. If I go through a lean patch he will come to me and talk to me. He has also shared to me personal things of which he is vulnerable.

“It is great of such a legend to talk to me about such things, to let me know he is vulnerable and he also goes though lean patches and tough times. So, talking to him gives you confidence and reinforces self belief.”

Feels Nice When A Leg-Spinner Does Well: Varun Chakravarthy On Ongoing Rivalry Among Indian Leg-Spinners

Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy (Image Credits: Twitter)

He likewise said that the ongoing rivalry among Indian leg-spinners does not affect him, as far as team India spot is considered
“I see it as healthy competition. I messaged Yuzi also, the way he bowled, he is in amazing form right now, Ravi Bishnoi is bowling brilliantly, Kuldeep is doing very well for his team, Rahul Chahar is brilliant. I just feel nice when a leg spinner does well.”

KKR will face an In-form SRH team in their next game at the Brabourne Stadium on 15-April, Friday. KKR is currently sitting at the second spot on the league points table with 3 wins from 5 games while SRH is at the eighth spot with 4 points from 4 games.

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