A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Varun Aaron targets October return

Aaron troubled a lot of batsmen with his pace before aggravating his back injury again

India pace bowler Varun Aaron, who has been dealing with a reoccurring back injury, has announced that he is planning to make his return during the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in October.

Aaron last represented India in an ODI against the West Indies in December in Visakhapatnam, and was forced to miss the team’s tour to Australia, where they were whitewashed in the Test series.

The pace bowler made a comeback during the Indian Premier League (IPL) and played eight games, in which he racked up eight wickets, for the Delhi Daredevils.

Speaking exclusively to the Indian Express, Aaron said: “There was a slight niggle, but I was still good enough to bowl at my best during the IPL, but as soon as I experienced the pain again, I returned to the NCA (National Cricket Academy) some five weeks back.”

Speaking about the return of Aaron’s injury, the Delhi Daredevil’s mentor TA Sekar said: “The back injury must have relapsed after the IPL, he was 100% fit during the matches he played and he even bowled at 145 kmh-plus in them.”

Sekar believes that India should have sent Aaron to Australia for treatment to cure his back injury.

“Ideally the board should have sent him to Australia for treatment in December itself, especially since they had a qualified physio in Evan Speechly with them, the two-month delay really cost him,” Sekar said.

Instead of being sent to Australia for treatment, Aaron was sent to the NCA in Bangalore to complete his rehabilitation.

Aaron has represented India in one Test match and five ODIs, but has had a history of back problems, as he picked up two stress fractures when making his Ranji Trophy debut for Jharkhand in the 2008 to 2009 season.

India first picked Aaron during their ODI series against England last October, and after some impressive performances, he made his Test debut the following month against  the West Indies.

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