Sandeep, Guptill demolish Delhi
Daredevils fold for paltry 67, with only three batsmen crossing 10, before Punjab pull off the chase in just 7.5 overs
When Varun Aaron bowled a 153kph rocket in the 2010-11 Vijay Hazare Trophy final against Gujarat, he immediately made a name for himself, grabbing headlines in a country looking for genuine pace. His rise thereafter was also quick, and within a year, he had made it to the Indian team. He was part of the One-Day International squad on India’s shambolic tour of England in 2011, and made his debut later in the year when England toured India for an ODI series. When his national call-up came, he had played only 13 first-class matches.
The lack of experience didn’t hinder him though, and his debut was impressive as he returned 3 for 24. A month after his ODI debut, he made his Test debut too, in November 2011. On a flat pitch in Mumbai, Aaron picked up 3 for 106 against West Indies.
His performance earned him a place in India’s squad for the tour to Australia, but Aaron had a stress reaction in his back and had to pull out of the tour.
Aaron, who idolises Andy Roberts, has had to deal with injuries for a large part of his life though. He joined the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai as a 15-year-old, and his keenness for pace led to two stress fractures on his back shortly after making his Ranji Trophy debut in 2008-09. That hasn’t made Aaron compromised on pace though, and he continues to bowl consistently at over 140 kph.
He played for Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL before moving to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014. A decent season with them and his ability to bowl fast led to a place in the Indian Test squad for the England tour.