Tamil Nadu spinner Varun Chakaravarthy hogged the limelight at Jaipur on Tuesday, becoming the joint most expensive buy at the IPL 2019 Auction. It was a day to remember for the 27 year old, who was picked up by the Kings XI Punjab for a whopping INR 8.4 crores at more than 40 times his base price at the Auction. Chakaravarthy, who turned into an overnight sensation at the Auction, was an unknown quantity till he grabbed eyeballs with his performances in the Tamil Nadul Premier League and the Vijay Hazare Trophy earlier in the year.
An architect turned cricketer, Chakaravarthy is reportedly over the moon after being bought by the Punjab based franchise and is really looking forward to his stint with them in the upcoming season.
“I am over the moon… I never expected this (to be picked up for such a big amount). I thought I would be bought at my base price,” Varun told PTI.
Chakaravarthy, who was impressive in the TNPL, playing for eventual champions Siechem Madurai Panthers, remarked that his stint with the franchise would help him grow as a cricketer as he could learn from senior players including KXIP skipper and fellow Tamil Nadu spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
“It is a big opportunity for me. I can’t express my happiness in words. I hope to learn a lot from people like Ravichandran Ashwin, who is the captain of Kings XI Punjab and the others. I can pick the brains of leading international stars and use it to become a better cricketer,” Varun mentioned.
The 27 year old feels that the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in which he managed to pick up 22 wickets, had brought him on the radar of the IPL franchises.
“My good show in the Vijay Hazare Trophy brought me to prominence and probably IPL franchises would have taken note. I am looking forward to sharing the dressing room with the big names of the game,” he said.
The 2019 edition of the IPL could certainly be the defining moment of Chakaravarthy’s relatively short career. It remains to see if the 27 year old can make the opportunity count and impress during his two months with the Kings XI Punjab.