|Full name||Varun Raymond Aaron|
29 October 1989 |
Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast|
|Only Test (cap 273)||22 November 2011 v West Indies|
|ODI debut (cap 192)||23 October 2011 v England|
|Last ODI||31 January 2014 v New Zealand|
|Domestic team information|
|2008-2010||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2014-present||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Source: Cricinfo, 9 August 2014|
Varun Raymond Aaron (born 29 October 1989) is an Indian cricketer from Jamshedpur. A right-arm fast bowler, he first played for Jharkhand U-19 followed by Jharkhand Ranji team. He played his first One Day International (ODI) for India in October 2011 and made his Test debut the following month. He currently plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
Hailing from Jharkhand, Aaron has been part of the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai since he was spotted by a talent scout at the age of 15. In his first year with the Jharkhand Under-19 side, he also played for East Zone and was later part of the India Under-19 camp. He grew up admiring Andy Roberts, and pace has been his focus since his teens. This led to two stress fractures of the back soon after he made his Ranji Trophy debut in the 2008-09 season for Jharkhand, but he continues to focus on bowling quick. Possessing a smooth run-up and a repeatable action, Aaron consistently bowls in excess of 140 km/h (87 mph) from close to the stumps with decent control. Having earlier been part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad, he made his IPL debut in 2011 for Delhi Daredevils.
Aaron took 13 wickets in the 2010–11 Ranji Trophy and bowled a 153 km/h (95 mph) delivery. He was part of the India Emerging Players squad that went to Australia in 2011, and after impressing there earned a call-up to the India ODI squad for the series in England. Though he did not get a game on that trip, he made his India debut in Mumbai when England returned for an ODI series in October 2011. He was part of the India Emerging Players squad that went to Australia in 2011, and after impressing there earned a call-up to the Indian T20 and ODI squad for the series in England as a replacement for Ishant Sharma.
In his debut match for the National team, Varun extracted pace from a low and slow Wankhade pitch in the fourth ODI of the 2011 India-England ODI series. He took three wickets for 24 runs, all of which were bowled out, which included England's top scorer Tim Bresnan in that match. Previously, he had traveled to England during India's disastrous tour earlier that year, but remained benched. He only bowled 3 overs in his second match against England at Eden gardens and took 1 wicket (again bowled) of Alastair Cook which proved to be key strike for India.
He was selected in the Test squad for the first time in India's home series against the West Indies. On 22 November 2011 he made his Test debut in the 3rd Test at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. In the first innings he took 3 wickets for 106 runs. He was then selected for the England tour in 2014. He was selected to play in the 4th test instead of the struggling Mohammad Shami.
Return From Injury
He also played in the 2014 Asia Cup where he bowled 7.5 overs and conceded 74 runs for 1 wicket.
Test Call Up
In July 2014 Aaron was selected by India for the five match Test series to be played in England, appearing in the 4th Test at Old Trafford.
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