Former India batsman VVS Laxman hailed spinner Varun Chakravarthy's impressive debut in the first T20I against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday. The mystery spinner bowled four overs and returned figures of 1-28 as India beat Sri Lanka by 38 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
“Firstly, I am glad that he (Varun Chakravarthy) got this opportunity, because twice he was already selected, but didn’t pass the fitness test and was not part of the squad. I think there’s lot of chat about the mystery surrounding his bowling. I was talking with the Sunrisers batsmen and they are all impressed with the way and the consistency with which he bowls in different parts and phases of the match," Laxman told Star Sports.
Varun, who made a name for himself in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and for the state team, was called up twice to the national team but was unable to find a place in the playing XI. Laxman felt that that the 29-year old should be given time to settle in.
“He can bowl with the new ball, he can come and take wickets whenever the captain and the teams wants to break a partnership – that means he’s got an X-factor. And we just want him to get exposure of international cricket and the only way he can do that is by making him play. So, I’m sure that he is really looking forward to this opportunity, but one thing which we have realized over years is make sure you give him the opportunity. Don’t expect miracles from game one. It is very important to show patience and belief in a player."
The second T20I will be played on Tuesday at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
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