KKR assistant coach Abhishek Nayar said selectors told spinner Varun Chakravarthy improving his batting and fielding was crucial for India selection.

Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Abhishek Nayar has revealed that Indian spinner Varun Chakravarthy was once told by selectors that improving his batting and fielding was crucial for national team selection.

Despite being a prolific wicket-taker in the IPL, Chakravarthy has not played for India since the 2021 T20 World Cup, where he managed no wickets in three matches. Nayar, speaking on The Ranveer Show Podcast, said, “Varun Chakravarthy performs every year in the Vijay Hazare [Trophy], everywhere. But I remember selectors told him, ‘You should improve your batting, you’ll be able to make the cut; Improve your fielding and you’ll be able to make the cut’,” as quoted by Sportskeeda.

This highlighted the emphasis placed on all-round development for Indian cricketers. Chakravarthy seems to have taken this feedback to heart. “So he scored a few runs in the Vijay Hazare this time and sent me a video [saying,] ‘I hit two sixes, scored 40 runs,'” revealed Nayar.

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Nayar emphasised the importance of this holistic approach for players. “So players automatically start thinking like that because they know it’s a requirement. He has also improved his fielding. So, there are things that players work on because they know it’s a requirement that you have to do all three things, you can’t survive with just one thing,” added Nayar.

Chakravarthy’s success since IPL 2023 underlined this point. He has emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the period, claiming 41 wickets at an impressive average of 20.26. He was also instrumental in Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL triumph in 2024, showcasing his growing all-round ability.

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Last Updated on June 7, 2024