Indian cricketer and commenter Dinesh Karthik said that Varun Chakravarthy will be the X-factor of Team India in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 as cricketers of his kind are very rare.
Varun Chakravarthy has risen in the ranks in the last year or so. The mystery spinner displayed a sensational display in the first half of the IPL 2021 which led to him with a place in the national team against Sri Lanka.
Even though he took only two wickets in the T20I series, he was the most economical Indian bowler with an economy rate of 5.3.
If this was not enough, Varun Chakravarthy then was one of the mainstays in the bowling department for Kolkata Knight Riders in the second leg of the IPL 2021 and in a total of 17 games, he bagged 18 wickets at an economy rate of just over 6.
There’s no doubt that the 30-year-old will play a pivotal role for Team India in the marquee tournament, considering the variations he has and Dinesh Karthik feels that ‘X-factor’ Varun Chakravarthy will be key for India as many teams are yet to face him.
“India’s bowling attack has improved a lot over the past few years, which is why we’re now winning abroad. Our bowling attack of (Jasprit) Bumrah, Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar), (Mohammed) Shami and Shardul Thakur is very good.
“In addition, we have an X factor in Varun Chakravarthy. Not many batters have played against him. He’s a mystery spinner; such cricketers are rare and he’s one of a kind,” Dinesh Karthik said on ABP news.
Karthik said that he’s 100% certain that Varun Chakravarthy will play against Pakistan along with the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur and Jasprit Bumrah. He added that one among Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will play as the fifth bowler.
“100% he will play, there’s no doubt. Jadeja, Varun Chakravarthy, Shardul Thakur and Jasprit Bumrah will definitely be in the XI against Pakistan. One of Shami and Bhuvi will be the fifth bowler,” he said.
Dinesh Karthik signed off by saying that he would love to see Varun Chakravarthy do something special and can become the player of the tournament because he has that X-factor.
“I would love for Varun Chakravarthy to do something special. He looks good and he has been one of the most economical bowlers in the IPL, which has some of the best players in the world. I wish he becomes the Player of the Tournament because he has that X-Factor,” he said.
Team will kick start their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on 24th October in Dubai.