Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner Varun Chakravarthy was relieved after being recognized in the IPL and making it to the national side, despite him starting his career very late. The 30-year-old was recently picked in India’s T20 World Cup squad, a result of his hard work over the years.
On Monday, Chakravarthy celebrated his selection with a brilliant bowling performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He picked up three wickets while conceding just thirteen runs, and almost got a hat trick as well. Chakravarthy received the Man of the Match award for his efforts. At the post-match presentation ceremony, Chakravarthy said:
“I try to assess the pitch first. It was flat only. Would like to give credit to the bowlers who bowled in the powerplay for the discipline. There wasn’t much in the pitch. Wasn’t much spin on offer so I had to keep it on the stumps.”
“I thought it was out (the hat trick ball) but just saw on the replay that there was an inside edge. Definitely made me feel better [On India call-up]. I have got a sense of acceptance. I started at the age of 26 so never knew if I could make it big. It gives me a sense of acceptance,” Chakravarthy said.
Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell set up an easy win for KKR
The bowlers did the job for KKR on the night against RCB. After opting to bat first, RCB was blown away by some disciplined bowling by the Kolkata bowlers. Chakravarthy and Andre Russell snared three wickets each.
The target of 93 was never going to bother the batsmen, even though the KKR side was shaky in the first half and lacked confidence. Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer settled the nerves in the dressing room with their 81-run stand.
The 9-wicket win boosted KKR into fifth place with three wins in eight games while RCB stayed put in the third spot with five wins in eight games.