Tamilnadu mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy on Thursday said that he did not expect to get picked in the IPL auction and was surprised at Kolkata Knight Riders buying him for Rs 4 crore. The 28-year-old was an unknown quantity till last year's IPL auction when Kings XI Punjab picked him for an astronomical Rs 8.4 crore. In Thursday's IPL auction in Kolkata, his base prize was Rs 30 lakh but eventually was sold for Rs 4 crore to Kolkata Knight Riders. Varun, who played only one match for Kings XI Punjab in the 2019 IPL before being sidelined due to an injury, has been out of action for a long time. He said he had begun to play club cricket.
'I am happy. I didn't expect to get picked at the auction. I must thank Dinesh Karthik and Abhishek Nayar,' he said. Varun broke into the Tamilnadu 50-over team on the back of impressive performances in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and made his Ranji Trophy debut also last season. "It is a good opportunity for me. I hope to learn a lot by watching and training with the international stars in the KKR squad," Varun said.