He is the lucky mascot of Indian online fantasy cricket team! A handy batsman! And a bowling all-rounder! You have guessed right. We are talking about Indian leg spinner Piyush Chawla.
Being a 15-year old, Piyush Chawla represented India U-19, along with Uttar Pradesh U-22. He was part of the successful Indian team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and then the ICC World Cup 2011. He evolved into the discussing point in the global circuit after getting the better of English batsman Kevin Pietersen in 2007. What’s more do a fantasy cricket fan of 11wickets.com need in a player to choose in his/her online cricket game team?
Let us take a look at some of the interesting info about Piyush Chawla, the appealing Indian leg-spinner:
Born and raised
Chawla was born on 24 December 1988 in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
Major teams where he played
He represented India, Central Zone, Air India, India Under-19s, India Green, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Somerset, Rajasthan Cricket Association President’s XI, Sussex and Uttar Pradesh.
Hogging the spotlight
In the Challenger Trophy of 2005-06, he bowled Sachin Tendulkar with a googly and bowled in an outstanding manner, getting the wickets of MS Dhoni and then Yuvraj Singh too. Next to which his name was pointed out in the media and everybody including the selectors had taken notice.
He initially represented India U-19 up against the England U-19 team in 2004-05, picking up 13 wickets from 2 U19 Tests with only a bowling average of above 12. He even played in the 2005-06 home series against Australia U-19, in which they won the 5 match ODI series 4-1; he had made a contribution of 8 wickets.
Chawla certainly is the 2nd highest wicket picker in U-19 ODIs, with 71 wickets. He has also the 2nd best average in U19 Tests was 15.82. The bowler picked up the most wickets for Indian team in the U19 World Cup 2006 with 13 wickets record.
He made his debut at the national team in 2006, with the 2nd Test against England cricket team in Mohali, causing him to be the 2nd youngest Test debutant for India after Sachin Tendulkar.
He made his ODI first appearance in the national side against Bangladesh in the year 2007. Chawla took three essential wickets in that match.
In 2009, Chawla was selected for Sussex County Cricket Club for a month, being cover for Yasir Arafat who had been with Pakistan. In the first County Championship match vs Worcestershire, he took 8 wickets in the match, and arrived at number 9 in the 1st innings, and scored 102* from just 86 balls.
He was selected for the 2007 ICC World T20. He was chosen for 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in West Indies. Later on, he made the cut for ICC World Cup 2011 too and played a match against English cricket team.
From 2008 to 2013, Chawla played in the IPL for the Kings XI Punjab. He had an excellent time at Punjab. At the end of IPL 4 he had picked up 57 in 55 matches and just 5 players had better stats than this leggie.
In the IPL 7 auction, Chawla was bought by KKR for INR 425 lac. He bowled superbly for the Knight Riders and also hit the winning runs against his earlier franchise Kings XI Punjab in the last match of the season.
Piyush Chawla, playing for KKR, evolved into the 4th bowler following Harbhajan Singh (MI), Amit Mishra (DD) and Lasith Malinga (MI) to pick up 100 wickets in the Indian Premier League.
Chawla at one time bowled Shane Watson with a faster one, 117 km/hr. It was one of many fastest deliveries by a spinner.
Somerset’s match winner
The Indian spinner, arriving at number 9 made a classy century of 140 balls during 2013 County championship.
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