India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 2nd day December 14, 2012

Chawla assures it's not time to panic


Piyush Chawla believes the Indian batting hasn't failed, the bowling unit has been doing well, and that there is no need to panic. Replying to England's 330 on a tacky surface, India - 2-1 down coming into the decider - were 87 for 4 with prospects of batting last on the pitch that can start breaking up any time.

"We have lost a few wickets, but we have two quality batsmen [Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni] at the crease," said Chawla. "They are having a good partnership, they are seeing the ball really well, and hope for the best because the way these guys are middling it, we will like to have a good session in the morning."

Asked if the batting failures have affected the bowling unit's morale adversely, Chawla said: "There are phases. It's not as if they have flopped a lot. We're still we are scoring 300-350 every match. I don't think it has affected the bowlers much. We are doing well as a bowling unit."

Chawla said it was just one partnership - between Joe Root and Matt Prior - that thwarted them otherwise they restricted England well. England began the day at 199 for 5, and Chawla said they would have been happy if they had bowled India out for under 300. "We thought if we get one wicket at the start, we can stop them around under 300, but Prior and Joe Root batted really well," he said. "Once we broke that partnership, we recovered well."

Asked about how disappointing conceding lower-order runs were - England having been 139 for 5 at one stage - Chawla said, "As I said before, they got one big partnership, but after that we restricted them well."

Chawla, who took 4 for 69, made a surprising comeback to the Test side in a season that he has averaged 54.30 with the ball. His first-class averages over the previous two seasons have been 40.61 and 41.04. He said the stats were bad because he has bowled on seaming tracks, and he hasn't been getting long spells.

Chawla was asked - citing Cheteshwar Pujara's disappointment at being given out caught off the elbow and pad - if it was high time that India agreed to using DRS. "Replays suggested that it was not out, but it is part and parcel of the game," Chawla said. "At the end of the day, umpires are also human, so you can't really say."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • TR on December 15, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Thanks Chawla, you opened our eyes ...! For a moment I thought India is in trouble. Its all clear now. Thanks.

  • Talha on December 15, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    "Piyush Chawla believes the Indian batting hasn't failed, the bowling unit has been doing well, and that there is no need to panic" Hahahahaa......Rehman Malik of India....all is good...hahaahah

  • John on December 15, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    As far as what's reported here, Chawla's talking mostly rubbish. I don't hold it against him though. Pretty much all player and coach interviews are full of these canned responses that try to cast proceedings in the best possible light. Chawla says that the Prior/Root partnership was the only thorn in India's side. Was he off the field while Swann was batting? As for India's current circumstances, they have two more than competent batsmen at the crease who have both shown no form with the bat this series with the debutante Jadeja to follow. They are currently on shaky ground. It's never time to panic because panic never does anyone any good but, needing to win this game to avoid a series loss, India should be very concerned.

  • rob on December 15, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    I think Chawla was just being brutally honest. India DO score 300-350 for the match. 150-175 average per innings. Sounds about right, so at this stage India are right on target.

  • arvin on December 15, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    india should play against teams with many ipl players like banglas and nz and sri lankans and wi... that way they can win coz ipl players from these teams will underperform for fear of losing their lucrative ipl contracts and india will keep winning making chest thumping indian fans happy that they are world champions...

  • arvin on December 15, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    pujara was a 2 match wonder... chawla will be one match wonder... ashwin will be sometine batsman wonder and against weak teams bowling wonder... when playing against teams with ipl players then dhoni is captain wonder... jadeja will be wonder's wonder...

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    This is so funny every match you have one clueless player coming out and assuring it's not time to panic ..chawla really should ve saved himself some respect after taking 4 wickets ..something that maybe hasn't happened in a ranji match in line ..Sir Ravindra Jadeja

  • Cricinfouser on December 15, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    "We are scoring 300-350 runs". so true!! He was careful not to say every innings :-)

  • rathnam on December 15, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    yes chawla,you are absolutely right IT'S NOT TIME TO PANIC.because we know already that this is the thing is going to peoples are palying for money just...and you never playing for country....always making excuses...go and read the post match conference by other captains like Mahela,Clarke... they used to praise the opposite team they ll never look for excuses..

    A man in debut and one of attacking batsman in the world scored 73 each with a lot of patient...... where has the Indian batsmen patient gone????????? and you want us to trust that MS and Kholi can do miracles.... you first read the records of our Great captain in pressure tests and then talk.

  • KISH on December 15, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Chawla said that we have two good batsmen seeing the ball. Well, that's something new. They are seeing the ball. None of the others are not even seeing those balls! No wonder they are 4 wickets down for not so many. I think Indian team's fortune can be summed up in a chinese movie called, "The curse of the drunken ....". The curse is from Raina who got dropped for not doing much wrong (lol). Anyway, Dhoni's game will suit this pitch, if its got low and slow bounce. His table tennis shots will be perfect for it. But, will he exploit it properly or will he just put himself into undue pressure? Only time will tell.

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