'There was no pressure on me'

Pacer Varun Aaron wants to focus on bowling in right areas

On Tuesday, the 22-year-old from Jharkhand completed the sequence with his Test debut too, receiving his cap from VVS Laxman after replacing fellow quick Umesh Yadav for the third Test against the West Indies.

Aaron, who idolises Andy Roberts, was informed on Monday evening that he would be making his Test debut, and he said there wasn’t any pressure on him coming into the game.

“It is definitely not pressure,” the confident young man told newsmen. “It is a compliment that I have been recognised for bowling fast. I want to work hard and do well in future,” Aaron said.

It wasn’t the most memorable debut for Aaron, who had his moments but finished wicketless, going for 47 in his 16 overs spread over four spells. “Everybody is a little tense bowling the first ball, it was but natural,” said Aaron. “I feel my first two spells were okay and I bowled better in the third spell. I feel bowling quick is natural. Nobody can say I will work towards bowling quick.

“Just bowling fast will not get you anywhere,” Aaron observed. “To be successful in international cricket, you have to bowl to a good line and length. Nobody told me to bowl fast.”

Reflecting on the opening day’s play which the West Indies finished on 267 for two, Aaron went on, “There was some sort of dampness early on. It was a matter of getting through the first 45 as a batsman. If you do that, you can kick on. There were a few close shaves.

If we had one or two wickets coming our way, then things would have been different. It is a good cricket wicket. I feel there will be a lot of runs scored in the next four days. The wicket is not going to change much. There is a lot of grass which is going to bind the wicket. It hasn’t helped the spinners much either,” the Jharkhand pace bowler said.

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