Varun Chakravarthy likely to miss England T20Is
India wrist-spinner Varun Chakravarthy may miss out on a potential T20I debut for India in the upcoming series against England, as he has reportedly not done well on the new fitness benchmark set for Indian players.
To be available to play for India in the international circuit, players must complete a 2 km run in 8.5 minutes or score 17.1 in the Yo-Yo Test.
But according to reports, his running emerged as a problem, which could cost him his place in the India T20I squad.
If Chakravarty fails to make the cut for England series, it will be the second time for him to miss out on a potential India debut in a space of only five months.
He was also picked for the T20I series against Australia last November, thanks to his brilliant performance for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
But eventually, he could not take part in the series, as he had to be checked into the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore instead.
The 29-year-old claimed that he is not yet aware of the latest development regarding his availability for the England T20Is.
“I have not bee informed of anything as yet,” Chakravarthy was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
He did not participate in the recent Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and not even in the Tamil Nadu squad for the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.
It should be noted that in a game against Delhi Capitals in the last IPL, Chakravarthy had become the second bowler after Sunil Narine to take a five-for for Kolkata Knight Riders, as he had finished with bowling figures of five for 20.
The five T20Is between India and England will be held from March 12 to 20, with Ahmedabad hosting all the matches.