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Pensioners’ hub to pacers’ hometown

india Updated: Apr 24, 2012 00:59 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times
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Once described as a pensioner's paradise, Pune is humming with cricketing activity. Apart from the becoming the base for the Pune Warriors team, the city has also become the adopted home of two of India's fast men.

While Zaheer Khan, originally from Shrirampur in Maharashtra, moved to Pune years ago, young Varun Aaron has also made the city his 'hometown'.

While Zaheer plies his trade in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore, the home fans will not see Aaron in action on Tuesday.

The Delhi Daredevils paceman is recovering from a back injury and will only be cheering his team from the dug out as they take on the Warriors. Aaron, who spent his formative years in Jharkhand, was based in Bangalore until his father, who works in a multinational company, was transferred to the city. “My dad's shifted to Pune around seven months back, so Pune is my new home,” Aaron told HT.

“I am hardly at home since most of the time I have been away training or at the NCA (National Cricket Academy in Bangalore). In the past seven months, I have spent just 10 days in Pune.”