Varun Chakravarthy has endured a lot of ups and downs in his life thus far. The leg-spinner shot into reckoning after he was picked up by the Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 8.4 Crore ahead of the 2019 IPL season.
But Chakravarthy managed just one outing for KXIP, post which he got injured before being eventually ruled out. Kolkata Knight Riders picked Chakravarthy ahead of the 2020 season and it has proved to be a valuable signing for the franchise thus.
Varun Chakravarthy has been mighty impressive in the IPL thus far and on Saturday, his performance reached a crescendo as he became the first bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in the 2020 edition.
Defending 195, skipper Eoin Morgan brought the leg-spinner in the attack with an aim to break the 50-run-stand between Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. And, Chakravarthy took just two balls to do that as he lulled Pant into a mistimed slog-sweep.
Varun Chakravarthy kept tossing the ball up and the Delhi Capitals batsmen- Shreyas Iyer, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, and Axar Patel- kept falling for the bait. The leg-spinner eventually ended up with figures of 5-20 in his four overs, and he was deservedly adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’
In the post-match presentation, the leg-spinner recalled his days of struggle, where he used to freelance in order to make ends meet, something he still wasn’t able to achieve. The need to make ends meet urged Varun to turn to cricket as he left his architecture job to pursue his dream. The rest, as they say, is history.
“Around 2015, When I was not making bucks. I was doing freelancing and I was not able to meet my needs. So I thought I will do something different so that’s how I turned to cricket,” Varun Chakravarthy told commentator Harsha Bhogle.