After being laid low by injury, Varun Aaron is gradually gaining confidence, bending his back and drawing the attention of the cricketing fraternity. He’s pushing himself hard and building up a case for an India recall. On evidence of his seven spells in the first innings against the 40-time-champion Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium, it can be said that the 24-year-old speedster is on the right track, and keen and eager to be of much value to his team.

Aaron beat the home team batsmen in the air and off the wicket, put them under immense pressure, captured wickets and enabled his side to take the first innings lead. He removed a seasoned campaigner like Wasim Jaffer in both innings (1 and 10) and ended the match on Monday with six wickets; 4 for 42 in the first innings from 22 overs and 2 for 29 in the second in 11 overs.

Left hander Saurabh Tiwari took away much of the spotlight in the first five sessions of the match with a sparkling double century, but once the new ball was tossed to him, Aaron dictated terms from the second ball he bowled, knocking back left-hander Sushant Marathe’s middle stump. With his seam bowling partners Shankar Rao and Ajay Yadav not faltering in line and length, Mumbai was choked for supply of runs which in a way resulted in the dismissal of Jaffer when he guided Aaron to the cordon.

Aaron was generally used in short bursts by his captain Shahbaz Nadeem. His opening spell in which he took two wickets lasted seven overs, but thereafter it was two overs, five, two, three and three. Aaron is immensely gifted and his captain wanted to preserve him with 90 overs needed to be bowled in a day. “He’s bowling well and is able to make the ball lift. He bowled well against Odisha,’’ said Jharkhand coach Subroto Banerjee.

After playing four matches he’s way down the list of successful bowlers in the Ranji Trophy . Himachal Pradesh seamer Rishi Dhawan is the leader with 41 wickets and the Jharkhand fast bowler is among a small bunch of half a dozen bowlers who have taken 17 wickets at a very impressive 18.05 in the league that has crossed the half way stage. Jharkhand is placed at the bottom of group `A’ with 6 points after gaining three against Mumbai.

Aaron has sent down 115 overs in four matches and has managed to get into the rhythm that was quite obvious when he bowled to the top order Mumbai batsmen. Jharkhand’s last two matches are against Vidarbha and Punjab and Aaron would look to end the Ranji season on a high note.

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