The 28-year-old Indian cricketer grabbed the headlines in 2011 when he hit a 153 km/h delivery during the 2010-11 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final against Gujarat. Varun Raymond Aaron became India’s fast bowler with his powerful entry into the game of cricket. Hailing from Jharkhand, Aaron started playing for Jharkhand U-19 team and was also a part of India Under-19 team. He made his international debut for India in 2011 and played his first Test debut in the same year. Currently a part of the Kings XI Punjab IPL team, Varun has also been a part of the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai since the age of 15.
A right-arm fast bowler, Varun has played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, and Royal Challengers Bangalore before being bought by Kings XI Punjab team for the 2017 IPL. He also joined Durham as an overseas player for the final weeks of the Country Championship season, thus, becoming the second Indian player to sign with an English county. The bowler who can regularly bowl deliveries up to 140kms/h went through a rough patch in his career. Two stress fractures of the back after Ranji Trophy 2008-09 season, a back injury that became a hindrance for his Australia 2011-12 tour, and a leg injury in 2014 marred his career and left a severe impact on him.
An alumnus of Jain University, Varun got an opportunity to play in the Emerging Players tournament held in Australia in 2011, where he delivered a spectacular performance with his wicket-taking abilities. Considering his ability to be a reliable pacer, he was picked for the fourth ODI against England, where he took three wickets. Because of his impressive bowling figures, he was also proved to be a handy batsman. During the 2010-11 Ranji Trophy, he bowled a 153.4 km/h delivery and took 13 wickets creating a record.
Though he took a break from cricket because of his injuries, he made a powerful international comeback in 2014. In the same year, he also played in the 2014 Asia Cup and made his ODI comeback against Sri Lanka. During IPL 2015, his fastest ball delivery was of 150.2 km/h making him the second fastest bowler of the tournament. Aaron idolizes West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts and tries to emulate him. During the 2015 Vijay Hazare season, Aaron led Jharkhand along with MS Dhoni under him as a wicketkeeper-batsman.