Former Indian fast-bowler Irfan Pathan lavished praise on Varun Chakravarthy’s exceptional performance in his last outing against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday. His contribution played an instrumental role in helping the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in sealing a comprehensive victory over RCB by 9 wickets with 60 balls remaining.
Chakravarthy’s rampage wreaked havoc in the batting lineup of the RCB innings, leading them to register a paltry target of just 92, their third-lowest while batting first in the IPL. The Kolkata Knight Riders spinner returned with figures of 3 for 13, claiming the important wickets of Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Sachin Baby. Pathan believes that Chakravarthy could be a surprise element in India’s bowling attack for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
“He can be a huge X-factor. You have not played him in international cricket, you have definitely played him in the IPL but the dynamics are slightly different in the IPL. When you play him in the World Cup after playing him in the IPL, it will still be different, the World Cup pressure will be different and the mystery will remain,” Irfan Pathan said.
“If you remember the 2011 World Cup, Zaheer Khan started using the knuckleball in the World Cup and not before that. That was a surprise delivery. So, the surprise factor is definitely beneficial when you play a new thing or bowler. Something similar can happen for Varun Chakravarthy,” he added.
Earlier, Virat Kohli also heaped praise on Varun Chakravarthy and said that his good form is vital for India, keeping in mind the T20 World Cup 2021.
“Pretty good, that’s exactly what I was saying in the dug-out, he will be a key factor when he plays for India. We need to see performances like these from all the youngsters so that the bench strength of Indian cricket stays strong. And, he’s someone who is going to play in the near future for India and it’s a great sign,” Kohli said after KKR’s win.
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