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Aaron and steel show at Wankhede late in the day

india Updated: Nov 24, 2011 01:45 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times
Amol Karhadkar

While Ishant Sharma was running in to bowl the best spell of the match so far on Wednesday morning, debutant Varun Aaron, fielding in the deep, was constantly smacking his cap on his hips.

The frustration of wasting a new ball for the second day in succession in his maiden Test was clearly evident. No doubt the Jharkhand boy, who has been credited with bowling the fastest ball by an Indian, was quick in the morning but he was either too full or too short throughout his first spell.

No wonder then that after going wicketless for the first 21 overs, skipper MS Dhoni threw the ball to him for just one more over till Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels went into the interval, having assured West Indies of a gargantuan total in the first innings.http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/241111/24-11-pg20c.jpg

When play resumed, Aaron had the "gimme the ball" look on his face. And once Dhoni obliged, the speedster came up with a memorable spell to not only swell his wickets' tally from none to three in no time but also helped India apply brakes on the West Indies run march.

The 22-year-old, who made his ODI debut at the same ground last month, ran through the lower order by picking three wickets in 17 balls. The most special of them was Darren Bravo, not just because it was his first scalp but Bravo was set to register a double.

Aaron's third and last spell of the day that read 6-0-31-3 was one of the highlights of the game, especially considering how he kept running in hard. Had MS Dhoni not gulped an edge off Samuels' willow in the fifth over of the spell, perhaps the debutant would have ended the day with a five-for.

What was most impressive about Aaron's spell was it showed he was a quick learner. Asked on Tuesday what was the one thing he would take away from his first day in Test cricket, the articulate player said: "I feel my first two spells were okay, but I should have bowled better in my third spell. I will have to work hard for wickets and each spell has to be with the same intensity."

Now that the speedster has opened his account at the biggest stage, the youngster will have to remember the first lesson all throughout his sojourn.