Varun Chakravarthy used to play cricket in school without much success and had quit the game for academics and got into the mainstreams. However, later he started playing the game in the mid-’20s and relived his old love and passion.
Meanwhile, it is a common thing that had happened with many people across the world. All the people around the globe are not lucky enough to do something of their passion. The same thing happened with Varun Chakravarthy, as he was most settled for club or corporate cricket over the weekends while staying in the mainstream through the rest of the year.
An emerging star on IPL team’s list
Meanwhile, Varun had taken the game to another level after making a comeback. He started playing cricket in school but couldn’t make it happen to take it to higher levels. He did a five-year Architecture course after quitting cricket in class XII. Then he worked in a firm close to two years and one fine day; he decided to do something different.
“I don’t know, I just built up so much pressure inside me, and it blasted… I just quit, and I walked in and right away said I want to stop working and I came back. Then I told my parents that my mind was not there, I just wasn’t able to do it. They understood and supported me, although I didn’t know what I was going to do next. I dusted off my old kit bag which I hadn’t used for six years. I didn’t know anything else, and I had to take up cricket again.” Varun Chakravarthy narrates his journey to Cricketnext.
However, Varun is now potentially on the radar of some IPL teams. He bowled brilliantly in Tamil Nadu Premier League (TPL) and helped Siechem Madurai Panthers to win the title. Until last year, he was just a fourth-division player, and now he is the second highest wicket-taker of the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy and has also made his Ranji Trophy debut.
Moreover, Varun has decided to make a comeback but was not aware of the fact on how to make it possible. The reason behind this he didn’t have any contacts in the circuit.
“I had no contacts, didn’t know any player or coach,” he recalls. “I randomly went into the Abdul Jabbar cricket academy. They said they take people only below 20. I was much older, beard and all. They initially rejected me because of my age, but I convinced them saying I’ll just bowl for three hours every day. All I would do there was bowl. It gave me happiness.” Varun added.
Furthermore, Varun Chakravarthy had to go through a bad phase, as he was ruled out of action for six months after injuring his knee. It gave him a chance to work on his mystery spin, which he had developed through years of tennis ball cricket. Varun says he now has eight variations.