But really fast point guards are always troubled by injuries and Aaron was no different. Frequent injuries meant Aaron could only play 9 Tests and 9 ODIs for India. Aaron last played for India in the 2nd Test against South Africa in Bengaluru in 2015.
In the Indian Premier League, Aaron played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, King XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.
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— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) 1648383872000
During the IPL 2020 auction, Aaron was bought by new franchise Gujarat Titans for Rs 50 lakh.
Ahead of his team’s first game against the Lucknow Super Giants on Monday, Aaron spoke to TimesofIndia.com on what he learns from Gujarat Titans head coach and former prominent Indian pacer Ashish Nehra, his aspirations to return to the Indian team and how his overall speed has been affected by injuries.
What do you think of Gujarat Titans’ first IPL season?
It’s the start of a new journey for all of us on the team. I’m really excited to be in this franchise. The atmosphere was really great. We not only have a great team, but also a great group of people and it’s been really fun. It will be even more fun when we win and succeed because when that happens the bond will only get better. I’m really looking forward to the season.
Head Coach Ashish Nehra is one of the people in Gujarat Titans roster. How were your interactions with him and what did you learn from him?
I always wanted to work with him and spend time with him. It just so happened that everything lined up and I was picked by the Gujarat Titans, where he is the head coach. Our journeys are quite similar, with the number of injuries we’ve had and the number of times we’ve had to come back, defy the odds and keep playing. It’s great to have him around and talk about his experiences. You don’t find people who have similar experiences to yours, especially when they’ve been so extreme. He’s a really relaxed person and you feel relaxed when you’re with him. I feel like I have a very good relationship with him. There is so much to learn from him.
What are Nehraji and Varun bhai talking about? Wrong answers only ⬇️#GujaratTitans #SeasonOfFirsts #AavaDe https://t.co/gm62sDDK8c
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) 1647587027000
You talked about how Ashish Nehra was coming back from injury. He even returned to play for India at 36. How much does it inspire you to try to make this return to India?
I believe in myself completely, but when there is an example of someone who has done it before you, it obviously gives you more than hope, you know it can be done. I know it can be done. For the past year, I’ve been spending quality time at the MRF Pace Foundation, all off season. This has been the best build I have had for any IPL. I feel like I’m in an ideal position to produce great results for the team.
Train hard, play harder! 💪Now that training is underway, #TATAIPL does #AavaDe!#SeasonOfFirsts #GujaratTitans https://t.co/pDpJ2UTPzW
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) 1647584471000
You have often been asked this question… Injuries have happened to you but you have never compromised on your rhythm. Where do you find the motivation to maintain this pace?
I think it goes beyond cricket. Especially as a fast bowler, bowling at over 145 km/h, you have to dedicate your life to it. There was no vacation and I never had much free time since I played the game because I was playing matches or training to be faster or trying to come out of an injury and do my rehabilitation. I see it more as my life purpose to achieve my dreams and always perform 100% every time I step onto the court.
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