IPL 2023: According to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming, the team chose to include mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy in the lineup after seeing how well he bowled in the practice nets. Stephen Fleming acknowledged that it still saddens them that they could not purchase Varun Chakravarthy at the auction. Previously a net bowler for the Chennai Super Kings, Varun Chakravarthy was acquired by the Punjab Kings (PBKS). During the IPL 2019 auction for an astounding Rs 8.4 crore.

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However, he played for the Punjab Kings in just one game that year. In the next year’s auction, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) paid Rs 4 crore to acquire him. According to Stephen Fleming, Varun Chakravarthy reportedly caused issues for the CSK batter in the nets for a few years. Before making his IPL debut for the Punjab Kings in 2019 in a post-game press conference.

“We Couldn’t Retain Him”: Stephen Fleming

“It still hurts us, that [not being able to buy him at the auction]. He tortured us in the nets for several years, but with the auction and the way it is, we couldn’t retain him. And the thing is, with the Tamil Nadu players all around the different teams, they knew about him as well, and we could not keep him a secret. He went for a big price that first year. He had some injuries, and now he looks fit. When you have [Sunil] Narine and him operating, they’re a potent combo in the right conditions.” 

Fleming said

The former captain of New Zealand claimed that Varun and Sunil Narine are unplayable when the conditions are in their favor, noting that turning tracks are unavailable in Kolkata.

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In the IPL, Varun Chakravarthy had his greatest season, taking 19 wickets in 13 games for an 8.03 economy rate. The Tamil Nadu spinner finished with 18 wickets in 11 games at a remarkable economy rate of 6.59 while playing for the KKR team that advanced to the finals in 2021. For a while, Chakravarthy played net bowling for CSK. At the IPL 2019 auction, he was ultimately selected by Punjab Kings (previously Kings XI Punjab) for $8.4 crore.

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The franchise discharged him after a dismal debut, and his current squad, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), snagged him during the 2020 auction. The 31-year-old has taken 19 wickets in 13 games at an average of 20.58 and has been in excellent form throughout IPL 2023. He got 2/36 on Sunday, May 14, as KKR defeated CSK by six wickets in Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Fleming discussed how CSK missed out on Chakravarthy’s services despite being aware of his talent at a post-game press conference.

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