Varun Aaron during practice at Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur earlier this week. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur speedster Varun Aaron, having recovered from his back injury, is raring to let off thunderbolts against Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and their ilk when Jharkhand lock horns with Delhi in their first Ranji encounter this season.
The clash, which will be played out at Keenan Stadium from October 27, will mark Aaron’s return to competitive cricket after a long gap of 15 months. The steel city lad had last featured in IPL 2012, a campaign he had to leave midway owing to his injury.
The pacer, who bowled 15 overs and claimed a wicket at a two-day practice match that ended on Monday, said his net sessions over the past few months had kept him in good shape.
“I am feeling great and will play in the upcoming match. The back is holding up well and I am bowling at my usual speed (over 140kmph),” the 24-year-old said.
Aaron added that he had been bowling for the past four months at National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. “The rehab there has been fruitful. I joined the Ranji camp last Thursday. It feels good to be back among my mates,” he said, while working out at Keenan Stadium earlier this week.
Asked if he has had to slow down pace sometimes to prevent a relapse of his injury, Aaron said, “I won’t like to compromise with speed.”
On his possible comeback on the Indian side, the pacer said it was in the hands of selectors. “I am not looking too far ahead. I would like to focus on one match at a time. My job is to play well and leave the rest to selectors,” he said.
Aaron was pulled out of Team India for the 2011-12 Test series in Australia because of his injury.
He returned to play eight games for the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2012, but had to leave midway.
Later, he underwent a long-drawn treatment, including surgery, in England in March. The speedster gained match fitness in time to make it to the Ranji side and is hoping his body will support his will.