Mumbai: Speedster Varun Aaron, who became the 273rd player to represent India in Test cricket, found it strange that he was replacing his close friend Umesh Yadav in his debut match against the West Indies here today.
"It was strange. He (Umesh) played two Tests. But being a fast bowler, I suppose they wanted to give him rest before the one-dayers. It was strange though," the 22-year-old Jharkhand bowler told reporters at the end of the first day's play in the third Test at the Wankhede stadium.
Varun, who learnt about his debut last night, hoped that he would do well at the ground where he made his ODI debut, after ending the day with figures of 16-3-47-0.
"I got to know last evening that I would be making my debut. (VVS) Laxman handed me the Test cap. It was a tough day. Hopefully, it would get better from here.
"Actually, I made U-19 debut at the Wankhede. Its been my ground of debuts. My one-day debut (here) was pretty decent. I just hope that I do well here," said the speedster, who took 3-24 in his maiden ODI appearance against England at the same venue a month ago.
Varun feels he has fared pretty well on his first day at office, barring his third spell where he could have done better.
"First ball, everbody is tense bowling their first spell. So it was but natural. I feel my first two spells were okay but I could have bowled better in my third spell. Its not going to come your way all the time. You have to work hard for your wickets, especially in Tests. And on such a wicket its not easy. So I will come back and try tomorrow."