Aaron arrives in quick time in India
By bbsbuzz - Mon Oct 24, 10:41 am
MUMBAI: During their tussle with England at the Wankhede in the fourth ODl, India discovered a potential star on Sunday.
A genuine fast bowling star, a commodity as rare in Indian cricket as water in the Sahara desert. Varun Aaron, after watching from the sidelines during the entire ODI series in England and the first part of the return leg, finally got his first taste of international cricket in India’s ‘city of dreams’ and enjoyed a dream debut.
Clocking consistently in the late 130s and early 140s, the 21-year-old from Jharkhand castled three English tailenders, all beaten by his genuine pace, and gladdened hearts with his burst with the old ball. While Scott Borthwick failed to deal with one that kept a bit low, the one to debutant Stuart Meaker was an absolute peach of a delivery, a yorker that, boosted by reverse swing, found its target, the base of the middle and the leg stumps, without fail.
Bresnan was Aarons’s third and final scalp, and the smile on his face was that of a lad who was revelling in the fact that he had got his first three wickets in international cricket in a manner which stamps the bowler’s superiority over batsmen- cleaned bowled, in his very first game at any level for India.
There were some who were feeling that India were rushing him into international cricket, that he needed to prove himself in international cricket, but on Sunday, Aaron proved it yet again that when it comes to a genuine pace bowling talent, the Imran Khan theory works out to be the best-blood them the moment you find them. For once, like a Pakistani cricket fan, the Indians can start celebrating the arrival of a tearaway fast bowler who sends adrenile pumping the moment he starts his run-up.
Displaying a wise head on his shoulders and guided constantly by seniors Dhoni and Suresh Raina, Aaron didn’t spray the ball around when he was introduced into the attack for the first time, in the 11th over. His first spell of 3-0-14-0 left one asking for more. Aaron returned to bowl in the 41st over, and cleaned up the remaining English batting by the first ball of the 47th over.
“Anyone who can reverse the ball like that has got to be good. He has a smooth run-up and a good action, and he increased a yard in his pace in his second spell,” former England seamer Derek Pringle, who was present at the Wankhede, told TOI.
At the moment, he looks good enough to play for India for long, provided no one asks him to bowl pure line and length! Maybe, a newer ball, and some more games under his belt will make him more lethal. He has shown plenty of promise on Sunday and utmost effort should now be undertaken to ensure he keeps it!