Ndia and Rajasthan Royals star Varun Aaron joined the Rajasthan Royals Academy Christmas Camp in the United Arab Emirates for a special virtual interaction with the children at Sevens Stadium in Dubai on Monday, December 21.
Considered one of the fastest bowlers India has ever produced, Aaron has represented India in both test and limited-overs cricket.
He therefore had a lot of knowledge to share when talking about Zoom with the children of both age groups (U7-U9 and U10-U16) from the Rajasthan Royals Academy UAE at Christmas Camp. From his own experiences as a teenager falling in love with the game to India’s recent collapse against Australia.
“I think it’s important that everyone is guided in the right direction at a young age to have the right attitude towards the game,” said Aaron, saying that his own emerging career was shaped by the great Australian Dennis Lillee at MRF Pace Foundation – a similarly specialized, innovative camp in India as the Rajasthan Royals Academy UAE in Dubai.
During the 2020 IPL, Rajasthan Royals used the Sevens Stadium to play practice games before the tournament began, and Aaron praised the facilities the academy uses.
“I haven’t seen anything like it [at the Sevens Stadium] I think you are very lucky to be able to practice cricket and learn the game where you are, ”he said.
Five-year-old all-rounder Atharv was the first to interact with Varun and ask who his favorite captain should play under.
“My favorite captain is Virat Kohli because I really enjoyed playing under him,” replied Aaron.
“He’s a good captain for fast bowlers because, as a fast bowler, you want to bowl fast and express yourself on the field. He’s someone who likes to let you do that because he also likes to bowl quickly and likes to play the game aggressively. ”
Atharv had the room hysterical with his follow-up question and asked Aaron how it would feel if he had been eliminated for 36 – when India was in their first Test against Australia last weekend.
Aaron responded with great humor and said, “I can tell you that it would not have felt good.”
Nivaan – also from the U7-U9 age group – wondered who Aaron’s toughest opponent was. The 31-year-old named his fellow Rajasthan Royals, Steve Smith, because of his unique style.
“In Test Cricket, it’s Steve Smith because he’s just a little weird. He does some weird things that other batsmen don’t, ”said Aaron, who also explained to the older group how to stay calm when things aren’t going your way.
He said, “If you try to do your best, you will eventually upset something. Every bowler in the world has screwed up and you should know that if you are out there and had a bad ending, you are not the only person who had a bad ending.
“The thing is, you should know your act and what works really well for you. It’s really important to sit down with your trainer and ask, “Coach, what do you think works for me and what do you think doesn’t work for me?” and you should always have a clue or two to include in the match in case something goes wrong. This is how you stay centered in having an answer to the problem. “
The Rajasthan Royals Academy UAE, officially operating under the banner of the first IPL champion Rajasthan Royals, offers a fun week of cricket to boys and girls aged 5 to 16 who want to play the Royals Way.
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