The Indian squad could be changed until October 10 but despite Varun’s naughty knee, his top skill sets will ensure he stays as long as his pain is unbearable.
Indian team management is desperate to keep Varun in the park for Babar Azam’s opening match against Pakistan on October 2 and plans to ensure his management throughout the three-week tournament.
A BCCI source said, “Varun’s knee condition is not the worst. He is in pain and trust me, if it were not for the T20 World Cup, perhaps the Indian team management would not have taken the risk to play him.” He told PTI on condition of anonymity.
“To be 100 per cent fit, he may need extensive rehabilitation later but at the moment, the focus will be on his pain management during the T20 World Cup.”
Varun has played an exceptional IPL so far in which he has taken 15 wickets in 13 matches at an economy rate of 6.73. Moreover, he was an enemy for most of the team, which made him an important cog at the wheel of India for world tournaments.
It is understood that KKR’s medical team is keeping a tab with their BCCI opponents as it is a must for all the players selected for India.
“As far as I know, KKR’s support staff has created a comprehensive strength and conditioning chart for Varun, which is part of his major injury management program.
“These are injections, as long as there is no effect, it helps to reduce the pain. You can’t see it on TV, he’s in pain when he’s not bowling and walking around the field,” the senior official said.
Architect Varun, a qualified architect, is not the result of the BCCI’s systematic coaching program and is not someone who has risen to age-appropriate positions in state cricket.
He played in the Lower Division League and then attracted the attention of IPL scouts after some great performances in the Tamil Nadu Premier League.
It is learned that Varun has been advised not to dive while fielding so that it does not hurt his knees. He has also restricted movement as well.
Can he be managed like this till the end of the T20 World Cup, because KKR also needs him and every ounce of his strength during the IPL will be exhausted, which is in their right.
“A good captain knows how to hide a fielder, otherwise his primary skill – batting or bowling. You need Varun to bowl four overs, take the regulation catches that come his way.
“He doesn’t expect fielding like Jaddu (Rabindra Jadeja) or Virat,” commented a senior player who is aware of the situation.
When Mahendra Singh Dhoni is present in the Indian change room during the World Cup, one will see that Varun is being advised to field in ’45 ‘(short fine leg), where there is usually less activity than in other positions.
Ashish Nehra was a very successful implementation of Dhoni’s ’45 to 45 ‘fielding theory. The summary was simple: “Don’t miss catches and don’t field incorrectly. Everything else is fine until you cross four values.”
If Varun is not left out at the last minute, as has happened to him twice একবার once before the tour of Australia (shoulder problem) and then the home series against England (knee), he is likely to be handled the same way.
If he misses the bus, Yuzbendra Chahal will be selected after his great show in IPL. But hopefully the medical unit of the Indian team will give Varun everything to keep him in the park for all the matches.