Varun Chakravarthy Has Showed He Can Exploit The Pace Of The Pitches – Suresh Raina

Updated - 17 Oct 2021, 11:15 PM

Varun Chakravarthy
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Veteran Indian batsman Suresh Raina has lauded mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and said Varun has shown the qualities of mixing his pace brilliantly on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) surface.

Varun Chakravarthy is one of the 4 spinners named in India’s final 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 which commenced on October 17.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli-led India National Cricket Team is placed in the Group 2 of the tournament alongside the Pakistan National Cricket Team, Afghanistan National Cricket Team and New Zealand National Cricket Team. India will start their journey in the World Cup with a battle against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24.

Suresh Raina, Chennai Super Kings, IPL
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Meanwhile, Suresh Raina has said that Varun Chakravarthy has played only a few T20 International games but he is not concerned about his lack of experience at the international level.

My experience in the IPL was that the wickets in UAE and Oman will be very, very challenging when it comes to the mystery spinners. That makes Varun Chakravarthy the main guy in the India bowling attack. He has showed he can exploit the pace of the pitches. Varun has only played three T20Is but I’m not concerned by any lack of experience,” Raina wrote in his column for ICC. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
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Raina feels that India already has a lot of experienced campaigners in the team especially in the pace department and named Bhuvneshwar Kumar as one of the bowlers who has a lot of knowledge and experience to deal with the situation in mega-events. Suresh Raina stated:

There is plenty of experience in this team, particularly in the seam attack. Bhuvneshwar Kumar in particular leads the way when it comes to experience and knowledge of how to deal with the big games,”

The Inclusion Of Shardul Thakur Can Also Give Extra Strength To The Fast Bowlers – Suresh Raina

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur (Image Credit: Getty)

The left-hander believes that the addition of his Chennai Super Kings (CSK) teammate Shardul Thakur in India’s T20 World Cup squad will give Virat Kohli “extra strength” in the pace department. Raina asserted:

The inclusion of Shardul Thakur can also give extra strength to the fast bowlers that Virat has at his disposal. We have been waiting for this T20 World Cup for a long time. It has been a difficult two years but I think we’re about to see something special in the UAE and Oman,”

Meanwhile, both Shardul Thakur and Varun Chakravarthy had outstanding runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Chakravarthy picked 18 wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) while Shardul Thakur picked 21 wickets for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

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