With less than two weeks to go for the T20I series against England, Varun Chakravarthy failed in the new fitness benchmark set for Indian players, thus failing to make the cut to the Indian team for the second time in a space of five months.
Recently, the Indian team management made it compulsory for everyone to clear either completing a 2 km run in 8.5 minutes or scoring 17.1 in the Yo-Yo test to be in contention for the Indian team and it has emerged that Chakravarthy failed in the test which has put his place in doubt for the series against England in Ahmedabad.
The 29-year-old spinner from Tamil Nadu is currently training with the Kolkata Knight Riders team in Mumbai after having done his rehabilitation at the NCA, where he had to work on his inability to throw.
“I have not been informed of anything as yet,” Chakravarthy told Cricbuzz.
According to Cricbuzz, the same problem had kept him out of the tour of Australia in November and the rehab programme helped him improve on his strength and conditioning but running has apparently become a problem.
Chakravarthy missed Australia tour due to fitness issue
The spinner, after impressing everyone in the Indian Premier League, made the cut to the Indian side for the T20I series against Australia but his problem of throwing made sure that he missed the tour. Natarajan duly replaced him in the side and went on to make his India debut in all three formats of the sport during the tour.