Tamil Nadu leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy’s participation in the upcoming five-match T20I series against England is under jeopardy.
According to a report published in CricBuzz, Varun Chakravarthy hasn’t fared well in either of the fitness benchmark required for selection in the national team, which is either scoring 17.1 in the Yo-Yo test or completing a 2 km run in 9.5 minutes.
The Kolkata Knight Riders spinner has not received the official word from the authorities and he is still awaiting the final confirmation.
“I have not been informed anything as of ye” Varun Chakravarthy told CricBuzz.
Should he miss the cut, it will be the second time in as many series that Chakravarthy will miss out on making his India debut. Following a sensational Indian Premier League season where he emerged as one of the shining lights for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Varun Chakravarthy earned a call-up to the Indian T20I squad for the three-match rubber for the tour of Australia.
However, as it turned out, the leg-spinner was sidelined due to injury, and eventually, he was replaced by his fellow Tamil Nadu cricketer T Natarajan, who had done equally well in IPL 2020 for SunRisers Hyderabad. T Natarajan eventually went on to make his debut for India in all three formats of the game- the first Indian player to do so on a single tour.
The 29-year-old Varun Chakravarthy is currently training with the Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai after having spent three months at the National Cricket Academy, where he worked on his ability to throw. According to CricBuzz, there has been a marked improvement in his conditioning but his ability to run has been hampered.