Veteran bowler Harbhajan Singh has backed mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy to do well for India. The veteran player wants Varun to be included in the upcoming T20 World Cup squad.
Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Rahul Chahar are the top three contenders for a spot in the team but Bhajji wants to see Varun in the squad as well.
Having impressed for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, Varun earned his maiden India call-up for the T20I series against Australia but his injury prevented him from making his debut.
The same issues surfaced in the T20Is against England. After recovering from his injury, he made his debut during the first T20I against Sri Lanka and returned with figures of 1/28 from four overs.
“I feel that is T20 World Cup material because he has all types of qualities. He can take wickets, stop runs, bowl in the Powerplay and can even bowl in the death overs. His only shortcoming is that he remains way too nervous. I spent some time with him in KKR. He himself doesn’t know what he is capable of,” Harbhajan told Sports Tak.
Harbhajan also talked about Varun’s performance against MS Dhoni in the cash-rich league.
“The first time I had seen him was during a net session with Chennai Super Kings. MS Dhoni was hitting the rest of the fast bowlers and spinners for sixes but when Chakravarthy was bowling, he had Dhoni in all sorts of trouble and dismissed him several times. And no one was able to hit him in the nets. That’s when I had predicted that this guy is going to play for India. He has a bit of nervous energy but the more he plays, the better he is going to get,” Harbhajan pointed out.
“Give him some time and I still believe that if India have to do well at the T20 World Cup, the spinners have to do well. Varun Chakravarthy should be a must for India. He has everything you need in a spinner. If he needs to bring about an improvement, he should focus more on what he needs to do on the field. With time, he is going to get better and take lots of wickets for India.”