Varun Aaron Announces Retirement from First-Class Cricket

Last Updated: February 16, 2024, 13:47 IST

Varun Aaron will continue playing white-ball cricket. (AFP Photo)

Varun Aaron will continue playing white-ball cricket. (AFP Photo)

Right-arm pacer Varun Aaron played eight Tests for India between 2011 and 2015.

Varun Aaron has announced he’s retiring from red-ball cricket meaning the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2024 match between Jharkhand and Rajasthan in Jamshedpur will be the final first-class match of his career.

Aaron made his FC debut in 2008 and has so far played taken 168 wickets in 65 matches at 33.74 including six five-wicket hauls.

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The 34-year-old made his Test debut in November 2011 after coming into prominence thanks to his ability to bowl consistently at high pace. However, he only managed eight Tests between 2011 and 2015, taking 18 wickets at 52.61.

“I have been playing red-ball cricket since 2008. Since I bowled fast, I picked up a number of injuries. I understand now that my body won’t allow me to continue bowling fast in red-ball cricket, so I have decided to quit,” Aaron told ESPNcricinfo.

“This might be my last game in front of my family and the people of Jamshedpur, because we don’t often play white-ball games here (Keenan Stadium). I had started my career here, so this is quite emotional for me,” he added.

Aaron’s career was hampered by various injuries that forced him to the sideline.

“Pace is my favourite thing while bowling. Whenever I bowl, my only focus is to bowl as fast as I can. But you need to understand your body too,” the 34-year-old said.

Aaron says he will join the MRF Pace Foundation to oversee a project designed to help fast bowlers in the country.

“I am part of a project called ‘Pace bowler talent hunt’ at MRF. We will be working with young fast bowlers from around India. Approximately 1500 bowlers have taken part in this. We are travelling around the country looking for talent and 20 boys will be chosen for further training. I am also working at the high-performance centre at MRF. I hope to give India their next fast bowler from these programmes,” he said.

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