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‘IPL Important Or T20 WC?’ Varun Chakravarthy Slammed By Angry Fans For Picking KKR Over India

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Varun Chakravarthy has been one of the key orchestrators of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) remarkable comeback in the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021

Alongside Sunil Narine, he has been KKR’s most consistent bowler, bowling inside the powerplay, towards the death, picking crucial wickets, all this while conceding less than seven runs an over.

4-0-26-2 vs DC
4-0-20-0 vs RCB
4-0-14-1 vs RR
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4-0-24-2 vs PBKS
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4-0-22-1 vs CSK
4-0-22-0 vs MI
4-0-13-3 vs RCB

Varun Chakravarthy has gone under 7-an-over in EVERY game of the UAE leg of #IPL2021 so far pic.twitter.com/eO4sFGeVgn

— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 13, 2021

Facing RCB in the Eliminator, the mystery spinner bowled an economical spell, conceding only 20 runs in his four overs. His tight bowling dried out the run-scoring opportunities in the middle overs and Virat Kohli’s men failed to post a challenging total.

In the Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals, he not only stopped the run flow but also dismissed their most in-form batters in Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan.

#DelhiCapitals down as Shikhar Dhawan departs!

Second wicket for @chakaravarthy29 as @Sah75official takes a fine catch. #VIVOIPL | #KKRvDC | #Qualifier2 | @KKRiders

Follow the match https://t.co/eAAJHvCMYS pic.twitter.com/0FokeTuwip

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 13, 2021

Despite his brilliant bowling, there is something that has angered the Indian cricket team fans, who are furious with the fact that he has chosen to play for KKR, despite not being 100 percent fit.

Varun Chakravarthy limping off wasn’t a good sign …

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 13, 2021

He was seen limping off the pitch during the Qualifier 2 in Sharjah and fans believe if he continues to play for KKR, he might aggravate his knee injury and could even miss the T20 World Cup, which is just around the corner.

Chakravarthy has been picked as a surprise package in India’s T20 World Cup squad and if he could remain fit, there is no doubt he would be the front-runner to lead India’s spin-bowling attack alongside all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

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According to reports, Chakravarthy’s knee injury was first reported after KKR’s last league match but he still kept on playing for his franchise in the playoffs, two matches within 72 hours.

As per a Press Trust of India report, Chakravarthy’s knees are not in the greatest of conditions and he has played the last couple of matches for his franchise through extreme pain. 

The grimness of the situation can be gauged from the fact that had it not been for the T20 World Cup, the selectors wouldn’t have risked him playing.

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“Varun’s knees are not in the greatest condition. He is in pain and trust me, had it not been in a T20 World Cup, perhaps even Indian team management wouldn’t have taken the risk of playing him,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Now, the question is if his condition is this serious then why, instead of resting, is he still playing for the franchise? 

Isn’t the Indian team more important than any IPL franchise? Where are the selectors? Why haven’t they asked him to give himself ample rest ahead of the World Cup? Who is taking calls for him — the player himself or the franchise is forcing him to play?

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These are all questions that need to be answered but only one player can answer and unless he decides to, we might never know what is transpiring behind the scenes.

On one hand, we have Kolkata Knight Riders, who have ignored a World Cup-bound player’s obvious injuries and made him play, threatening India’s chances at the mega event. 

Their seemingly selfish act has turned many fans against them and they are now voicing their opinions on social media.

This #KKR is a very selfish team…. hurting Indian team chances for IPL https://t.co/SY2VkYT3NH

— Broken Kohli Fan (@kingviratgoat) October 13, 2021

The reason why Rohit did not bowl hardik in IPL….
KKR should have preserved him. We need him badly for WC.

— VIPUL GALA (@VIPULGALA15) October 13, 2021

His injury was reported after the last league game and his place was in question then, but made it to the KKR team and has played two more matches to today, not even resting in view of an impending WC. There’s another franchise not bowling H. Pandya for the same reason. Weird!

— Gopu Rajasekar A (@GopuRajasekarA1) October 13, 2021

Not really impress with his attitude,he prefer to play KKR instead of India

— Hemant Yadav (@HemantY53460452) October 13, 2021

Will be fuming if he ghosted out of T2O WC by giving his best for IPL https://t.co/LC5LXkP5se

— Sam (@gamerundergrad) October 13, 2021

He was advised against diving in the field. Exactly what he did. https://t.co/p20EfpV2s2

— Arani Basu (@AraniBasuTOI) October 13, 2021

Isnt it bad by kkr? Using him, despite injury..and he is so important for WC…

— Pratyush Agarwal (@PratyushCR) October 13, 2021

So why he is playing in ipl ,Is IPL more important than World Cup

— Priyank Kumar (@Priyank_1037) October 13, 2021

On the other hand, we have a team like Mumbai Indians, who decided not to push their players — be it Rohit Sharma or Hardik Pandya — and did everything to manage their workloads, with the T20 World Cup in mind. Both of them didn’t have any major injuries but still, the franchise didn’t take any chances and rested them in crucial games.

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The stage is set for the final of the IPL 2021, KKR will be taking on three-time champions Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. While CSK players will be coming after two days of rest, the KKR players don’t have much time to recuperate.

If at all KKR want to redeem themselves, they should not force Chakravarthy to feature in the final. 

Having gone through this heartbreak last year, the spinner knows what it feels like to be withdrawn from India’s T20 squad due to injury and if he is sensible he wouldn’t want to go through the same route once more.

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