India’s latest spin bowling sensation Varun Chakravarthy was, on Saturday, named in the 19-man squad for the forthcoming 5-match T20I series against England which will commence on 12th March in Ahmedabad.
Varun Chakravarthy, in fact, after a revealing IPL 2020 in the UAE was named in the squad to tour Australia. However, the mystery spinner missed out on the Tour Down Under owing to a shoulder injury.
The Karnataka-born spinner was absolutely brilliant for the Kolkata Knight Riders last season where he ended up as the leading wicket-taker for his franchise with 17 scalps, including a five-for, at a staggering economy of 6.84.
Batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to give his heartiest wishes to Varun Chakravarthy, as well as to three other players – Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Rahul Tewatia – who earned their maiden call-ups to the national setup.
“Heartiest congratulations @ishankishan51, @rahultewatia02 & @surya_14kumar for your maiden call up to the Indian Team, and also to @chakaravarthy29, who missed out in Australia. Playing for India is the highest honour for any cricketer. Wishing you all a lot of success,” tweeted Sachin Tendulkar.
Will take your good wishes as blessings forever: Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy,29, responded to Tendulkar’s tweet thanking the former opener for his wishes – which he will cherish forever. The spinner also congratulated Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Rahul Tewatia, all three of whom enjoyed great success in the IPL 2020.
“Thank you, @sachin_rt sir, this means a lot to me.. will take your good wishes along with me as blessings forever and congratulations to @surya_14kumar, @ishankishan51, @rahultewatia02,” Varun Chakravarthy replied.
Apart from the four aforementioned players, Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma return to the T20 eleven and will slot in the line-up straightaway while Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson have been dropped from the squad which toured Australia.
Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also returns from a long hiatus due to an injury as Jasprit Bumrah is rested and Mohammed Shami continues to recover from a wrist injury he sustained in the Test series in Australia.
Thank you @sachin_rt sir 🙏 this means alot to me.. will take your good wishes along with me as blessings forever 🙏and congratulations to @surya_14kumar @ishankishan51 @rahultewatia02 😁 https://t.co/oZ7iGMXhuk
— Varun Chakaravarthy (@chakaravarthy29) February 21, 2021