Former Indian versatile Irfan Pathan feels leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy will feel a different pressure when he plays in the T20 World Cup next month.
Chakravarthy was impressive on Monday when he outscored Royal Challengers Bangalore with an amazing game of 3/13. The leg spinner has back and back wickets of Glenn Maxwell and Wanindu Hasaranga in the 12th over.
Chakravarthy crashed into Maxwell’s stumps and turned the next ball inside to catch Hasaranga in front of the wicket.
The spinner was very close to a hat trick after nearly beating Kyle Jamieson with another spinner, there was a loud scream for lbw and the bowler wanted to send it to the third referee, but the KKR captain, Eoin Morgan, deny it.
The dynamics are slightly different in the IPL: Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan feels Chakravarthy, who is part of India’s 15-man squad, will be a key player for India during the T20 World Cup, but also said that there will be another pressure around him during the mega-event.
‘He can be a big X-factor. You have not played him in international cricket yet; you definitely played him in the IPL, but the dynamics are slightly different in the IPL. “If you play him in the World Cup, after playing him in the IPL, it will still be different, the pressure on the World Cup will be different and the mystery will remain,” Pathan told Star Sports.
Varun Chakravarthy can deliver a surprise, just like Zaheer Khan did in the 2011 World Cup: Irfan Pathan
Former Indian striker Zaheer Khan was the joint highest wicketkeeper in the 2011 World Cup, the left-arm seam bowler selected 21 wickets from nine matches.
Irfan Pathan took note of the way Zaheer used his knuckle ball to break down the opposition batsmen, and Chakravarthy could also use his special ball to struggle the batsmen on the field.
‘If you remember the World Cup in 2011, Zaheer Khan started using the knuckle ball in the World Cup and not before it. It was a surprise. So the surprise factor is definitely beneficial when playing a new thing or bowler. “Something similar could happen to Varun Chakravarthy,” said Pathan.
KKR wins by nine wickets against RCB and moves to fifth place in the points ladder with a net run rate of +0.110.