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Thursday , March 13 , 2014
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Aaron will not cut down on pace

Calcutta: A high economy rate has been Varun Aaron’s major concern since his comeback after a recurring back injury.

As of now, in the four matches he has been part of at the international stage, Aaron conceded 237 runs at an economy rate of 7.64, taking five wickets. These figures, for sure, will keep him worried.

Striving for extra pace has seen plenty of runs scored off Aaron during the ODI series in New Zealand and the lone game he played in the recently-concluded Asia Cup, against Bangladesh. The 24-year-old, however, made it clear that he won’t compromise on speed come what may.

“Yes, I might go for a few runs striving for that extra bit of space. But that won’t deter me from slowing my pace down. I won’t compromise on my pace. I believe in bowling fast and that’s how I would like to go about.

“Besides, as per the BCCI rules, you get hard and firm wickets while playing at the domestic level. It urges you to bowl fastů This is really encouraging even for aspiring fast bowlers,” Aaron told The Telegraph after the Jharkhand-Services quarter-final tie of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus ground, on Wednesday.

He may have gone wicketless in this game, but he was pretty accurate with the yorkers and full-length stuff that cramped Services batsmen up for room, making the task easier for Jharkhand. Bowling nine overs, Aaron gave away just 37 runs.

“I played this match as it’s a good way to get myself prepared and figure out the areas where I need to work further, especially with the World T20 in sight,” Aaron said.

Aware of his poor show so far in India colours, the speedster is determined to make amends in the World T20.

The Asia Cup campaign might well be a disaster, but knowledge of the conditions in Bangladesh should help India do much better in the competition, Aaron feels.