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Who is Varun Chakravarthy?

Tamil Nadu bowler Varun Chakravarth in action during a Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day cricket match at IIT Chemplast cricket ground in Chennai on September 21, 2018.   | Photo Credit: R. Ragu

Varun Chakravarthy is a 27-year-old Chennai-based architect and uncapped Tamil Nadu cricketer who is drawing attention after Kings XI Punjab purchased him for a whopping Rs. 8.4 crore following a ratcheting bidding war at the IPL 2019 auction on Tuesday.

His drawing board may be full of straight lines, but his cricketing career has been anything but. Accorfing to Cricinfo, he started out as a wicket-keeper-batsman at 13, quit the game at 17 and, after five years of college education and quitting his freelance job, began to bowl seam-up for the CromBest Cricket Club, only to injure his leg and take recourse to mystery spin.

What makes him such an attractive prospect for the IPL franchises? He is known to have a knack for choking the flow of runs with a high-arm action that he uses to dispense a variety of deliveries — leg-break, off-break, googly, carrom ball, flipper, top-spinner, and a yorker-slider.

He caught the eye of former cricketers L. Sivaramakrishnan and Michael Hussey with his economical performance for the Siechen Madurai Panthers during the Tamil Nadu Premier League, 2018, in which he bowled 240 balls, of which 125 were dots, and picked up 9 wickets.

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