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Full name Varun Raymond Aaron
Born October 29, 1989, Singhbhum, Bihar (now Jharkhand)
Current age 24 years 269 days
Major teams India, Australian Centre of Excellence, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, India Emerging Players, Jharkhand, Jharkhand Under-19s, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Only Test||India v West Indies at Mumbai, Nov 22-26, 2011 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v England at Mumbai, Oct 23, 2011 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v India at Fatullah, Feb 26, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Jharkhand v Jammu & Kashmir at Ranchi, Nov 3-6, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Jharkhand v Punjab at Dhanbad, Dec 30, 2013 - Jan 1, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Assam v Jharkhand at Cuttack, Feb 10, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||Jharkhand v Services at Kolkata, Mar 12, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Jharkhand v Tripura at Dhanbad, Oct 20, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Hyderabad (Deccan), May 20, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/45||Indians||v Derbyshire||Derby||1 Jul 2014||Other|
|0/31||Indians||v Leics||Leicester||26 Jun 2014||Other|
|2/36||RCB||v Sunrisers||Hyderabad (Deccan)||20 May 2014||T20|
|2/29||RCB||v Super Kings||Ranchi||18 May 2014||T20|
|0/41||RCB||v Royals||Bangalore||11 May 2014||T20|
|1/35, 17*||RCB||v Kings XI||Bangalore||9 May 2014||T20|
|1/41, 7*||RCB||v Mum Indians||Mumbai||6 May 2014||T20|
|2/33||RCB||v Sunrisers||Bangalore||4 May 2014||T20|
|11*, 2/29||RCB||v Kings XI||Dubai (DSC)||28 Apr 2014||T20|
|3/16||RCB||v KKR||Sharjah||24 Apr 2014||T20|
In a country starved of genuinely quick bowlers, Varun Aaron grabbed the headlines when he hit 153 kph during the 2010-11 Vijay Hazare Trophy final against Gujarat. Hailing from Jharkhand, Aaron has been part of the MRF Pace Academy in Chennai since he was spotted by a talent scout at the age of 15. In his first year with the Jharkhand Under-19 side, he also played for East Zone and was later part of the India Under-19 camp. He grew up admiring Andy Roberts, and pace has been his focus since his teens. This led to two stress fractures of the back soon after he made his Ranji Trophy debut in the 2008-09 season for Jharkhand, but he continues to focus on bowling quick. Possessing a smooth run-up and a repeatable action, Aaron consistently bowls in excess of 140 kph from close to the stumps with decent control. Having earlier been part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad, he made his IPL debut in 2011 for Delhi Daredevils.
He was part of the India Emerging Players squad that went to Australia in 2011, and after impressing there earned a call-up to the India ODI squad for the series in England. Though he did not get a game on that trip, he made his India debut in Mumbai, when England went over to the subcontinent for a return ODI series in October 2011. He made his Test debut a month later, against West Indies, also in Mumbai.
A back injury kept him out of India's tour to Australia in 2011-12. He bowled in a few matches in the IPL 2012 but the recurrence of the injury put him out of competitive cricket for 15 months. He made a comeback on the tour to New Zealand, playing three ODIs and was also a part of the squad for the Asia Cup. He was named in India's Test squad for the England tour.
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