Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy has repeatedly failed to clear fitness tests at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru while pacer T. Natarajan, with a “shoulder niggle”, is racing against time to be battle-ready ahead of India’s five-match T20I series against England starting on Friday.

“Varun Chakravarthy was selected because he recovered from his shoulder injury that ruled him out of the Australia series. He did his rehab at the NCA and started throwing normally.

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“However, he has failed to clear the YoYo test mark stipulated for a 2km run at least twice,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

It is still unclear as to why the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee picked Chakravarthy, who, after the month of October, hasn’t played even one competitive game for Tamil Nadu.

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