IPL 2021: “The experience of Piyush Chawla is surely going to help all these spinners we have in the squad” says Zaheer Khan
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on Thursday said Piyush Chawla was a very good buy in the players’ auction as his franchise needed an all-out attacking spinner.
The IPL 2021 will commence on Friday with Mumbai Indians locking horns against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Chawla has played 164 matches in the IPL so far, managing to take 156 wickets at an economy rate of 7.87. He has played for franchises like Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. He was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 2.40 crore in the players’ auction held in February 2021.
“I have played with Piyush since U-19 days and I know he is a very attacking bowler which is something we wanted in our spin bowling department. He was a good buy, to get him into our squad. He is one of the highest wicket-takers in the IPL. He knows the format and opposition, he knows the players,” Rohit said in a video posted on the official Twitter account of Mumbai Indians.
🗣️ "With his experience, I'm sure he'll be able to mentor all these spinners we have in the squad." – @ImZaheer
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 8, 2021
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians Director of Cricket Zaheer Khan hinted that veteran leg-spinner Piyush Chawla could bowl with the new ball this IPL. I will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the season opener on Friday at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
“He has been bowling with the new ball so that has also been a point of discussion when we were looking at finding that experienced leg-spinner. We also have Rahul Chahar on the team who is an upcoming young talent. The experience of Piyush will help him. Piyush has been in pressure situations, he has a big role to play and hopefully, will be able to mentor other spinners in the squad,” said Zaheer.
The leggie has been one of the consistent players in IPL. He has performed decently for various teams and remains a force to reckon with. Possessing a good variety, he could have achieved even more than he has.