Call-up for Australia tour unexpected: Varun
Mystery spinner CK Varun has earned a maiden call-up to Indian team for three T20Is in Australia following his IPL 2020 performance.
BCCI announced Indian squads for four Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is on Monday.
Varun Chakravarthy has shined with the ball for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 13th edition of IPL. He has picked up 13 wickets from 11 matches so far. They only five-wicket haul of this season belongs to Varun, 5 for 20 against Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi.
The right-arm spinner was surprised at the sudden national call-up describing his feeling ‘surreal’.
“It feels surreal to be picked for Australia T20Is. India call-up is definitely a big thing for me. I was really not expecting it,” Varun said to bcci.tv.
“My basic goal in this year’s IPL was to play for the team regularly and contribute to the wins. Thankfully, I was able to do well till now and hopefully I will be able to perform for the Indian team as well.
“I just want to thank all the selectors who kept faith on me.”
Varun is the fourth spinner after Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal. Chinaman spinner and Varun’s KKR teammate Kuldeep Yadav was overlooked for T20Is.
India’s tour of Australia will begin right after the IPL final. The tour is scheduled from November 27 to January 19 although the official fixtures are yet to be released.
T20I Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy