India vs England T20Is: Mystery Spinner Varun Chakravarthy losses his T20I spot upon failing in the fitness test. Chakravarthy was brought into India’s T20 side after missing out on Australia tour due to shoulder injury. However, according to PTI, he has failed to live upto team India’s fitness standard.
Varun Chakravarthy played for KKR last season and was one of the best spinners for the management. Venky Mysore, CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) seems to be unhappy with the decision of management to rule him out of the whole T20I series.
Mysore opined that “cricket would have lost many greats if the current standards were followed”.
“@bhogleharsha he has more skills than most we have seen, but may be a few seconds slower in a sprint…I wonder how many greats of yesteryears, cricket would have lost, based on the current “standards”!” he wrote on Twitter.
The leg-spinner will have to repeat his performance in the forthcoming Indian T20 League or have to do even better than the previous season in order to get the national call-up again. It would be reasonably difficult for the spinner to break into the squad against the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar and Mayank Markandey.
Talking about Varun Chakravarthy, Virat Kohli in the recent video conference made it loud and clear to maintain a good fitness standard. If they want to come into the side, they will have to be fit and be in their best shape.
“Look individuals need to understand the system that has been created for the Indian Cricket Team,” said Virat Kohli.
“We should operate at a very high level of fitness and skills that is why this Indian team is at the top of the ladder when playing cricket.”
It is not the first time when players have lost their spot on the national side after failing in fitness test. Back in 2018 Mohammad Shami, Ambati Rayudu and Sanju Samson had to go with the same situation. However, all of them came back stronger and lived up to team India’s fitness standards and got their places back.
According to sources close to BCCI, players have to score 17.1 in the fitness test or complete a 2 KM run in 8 minutes and 30 seconds. For the pacers, the time is cut down to just 8 minutes and 15 seconds.