Varun Aaron was the second fast bowler picked-up by the Royals at the 2019 IPL auctions. Possessing a smooth run-up and a repeatable action, Aaron consistently bowls in excess of 145 km/h, making him one of the rare gems hidden in plain sight. Aaron has also added the knuckle ball and the cutters to his unmatched skills, making him the perfect weapon for any opposition.
Considered as one of the favoured pace options in Virat Kohli’s early days as captain, Aaron drifted away from the game following a series of injuries. However, Aaron has now returned stronger on the back of a solid domestic season. Not only was he bowling at 147 km/h in the Deodhar Trophy, but he also had a rewarding Vijay Hazare Trophy, picking the most number of wickets among the fast bowlers. The numbers are more impressive considering a bulk of his wickets came on spinner friendly tracks in Chennai.
In 2018, Aaron signed up with the Leicestershire County Cricket Club where he played three first-class matches for nine wickets and six one-dayers and followed it up with a fairly successful Vijay Hazare campaign. County cricket has not only helped Aaron develop his skills, but also expand his skillset with knuckle balls and the cutters.