India news August 28, 2013

Chawla hoping county stint translates to India recall

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Legspinner Piyush Chawla is hoping his stint with English county Somerset helps pitchfork him back into the Indian team. In his first two matches with Somerset, he said, he has already "picked up tips" that could improve aspects of his bowling.

"After my last spell in county cricket, I received an international call-up and I'm hoping the same happens this time around. I'm hoping that the volume of wickets and runs catches the eye of the selectors back home in India," Chawla told Pakpassion. "I think it's vital to grab this opportunity, perform consistently, and ensure that I make the selectors sit up and take notice of my performances."

Chawla had played for Sussex in 2009, claiming 36 wickets in six championship matches at 27.25, following which he was recalled for 2010 World Twenty20. "I want a repeat of my performance for Sussex when I played there four years ago. That spell in county cricket really gave me confidence and was a massive boost for my career."

In his first match for Somerset, Chawla went wicketless in 34 overs, against Warwickshire. But he learnt by observing his team-mate, Ireland left-arm spinner George Dockrell, he said. "There are areas of my bowling that I need to improve upon. Leg spin is a very difficult art and I believe it's one of the most difficult skills to master in cricket. I feel I'm learning with each match.

"Even during my debut for Somerset, despite taking no wickets, the game was a learning experience for me. I wasn't up to the mark and watching George Dockrell bowl made me realise where I was going wrong. He bowled at a slower pace than I did and he reaped the benefits."

Chawla last played an international during England's tour to India last December. In the Nagpur Test - only Chawla's third since his debut in 2006 - he picked up four wickets in the first innings, including those of Ian Bell and Joe Root. He was disappointed to not be given another go after that performance, he said. "I never imagined that seven years after my debut, I would have only played two more Tests. My last Test … I thought I did well. That was a very flat deck against England and I was the leading wicket-taker in that match for India.

"However, I was not selected for the next series. I was greatly disappointed at not being given a chance in the following series, but the selectors must have had something else in their minds. All I can do is to wait for my opportunity. I'm still young and I have time on my side, but that figure of only three Tests is an eyesore for me."

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  • Nampally on August 28, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    It is difficult for even a good leg spinner to get into the Indian Test XI these days. Typical combo of bowlers is 3 Seamers + 1 off spinner + 1 LH orthodox spinner. This leaves room for just 6 batsmen + WK/batsman. These spots are more or less booked with Ashwin & Jadeja/Yuvraj filling up the spinners positions. India does not have a leg spinner of the class of SP Gupte, Chandra or Kumble any more. Gupte was a World class spinner with prodigious leg spinners & a difficult to spot googly & a top spinner. His flight, trajectory & accuracy were so canny that he baffled the best, bowling with just 3 paces. Chandra & Kumble were much faster & relied on their bounce + top spinners to get wkts. Has India any leg spinner in this class? NO. Mishra is trying hard bowling at Gupte's pace but needs to be lot more accurate & eliminate No-balls before he gets into the XI. Chawla is trying to be faster leg spinner like Kumble but does not have his bounce or accuracy - Tough to make Indian Test XI!.

  • CricketMaan on August 30, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    He was pushed too soon into tests. should have been allowed to mature before playing big boys. He is just 24 and with age and more first class can get better. Sometimes batters get pushed too soon and survive, but bowlers dont have that luxury. We have seen quite a few pushed too soon and wade off. Pankaj Singh was another example.

  • SVicious on August 30, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    There is no way Chawla should be given another opportunity to make the playing Indian XI. The main reason being that he has been given his chances from very early on and has shown himself out to be short on ability and temperment. It is a sure sign of lunacy to try the same thing over and overhoping that the results will be different. Lets focus on the new younger breed and focus their efforts toward being match winners for India.

  • Johnny_129 on August 30, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Best of luck to Mr Chawla. Unlike some, Chawla seems determined and is working hard. He does not seem to be lazy like Rohit. Unfortunately, luck, timing and grabbing an opportunity when it presents itself is also very important - Chawla did not cement his spot when he got the chance and now diss himself back in the queue with the likes of Ashwin, Jadeja and even Mishra ahead of him. Chawla just needs to keep working hard and good things will come his way.

  • ProdigyA on August 29, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Good to see that he is working hard, but he cannot compain of the lack of opportunities given to him. He was selected in WC2011 much to the surprise of everybody but failed miserably in India due to which he was dropped. I think Dhoni backed him long enough (not as long as Rohit) but still Piyush could not deliver.

    Dhoni is a type of captain, who will compramise a bit on the primary skill bowling or batting as he thinks, players will learn eventually but he will never compramise on fitness and fielding standards. Only Ashwin is an exception. That being the case, its very hard Piyush or even Mishra to make it in the XI and also too much competition rite now.

  • Nampally on August 29, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    @Naresh28: Subash Gupte was short- around 5'-4". He just took 3 casual paces in his run up but used his wrist & fingers to generate huge leg spinners & an uncanny googly. He beguiled MJK Smith, the England Captain, umpteen times in his first few balls. Even the might of the 3 W's from WI- Worrell, Weekes & Walcott were subdued by Gupte. Gary Sobers rated him as the Best Ever leg spinner in the world. The art of leg spin bowling as practiced by Gupte is lost because of modern T-20 bang-bang approach. Dhoni as a Captain is reluctant to go anywhere near a RH leg spinner- Rahul Sharma was benched so often that he is unheard of now. Indian team under MAK Pataudi had as many as 3 or 4 spinners. Durrani, Nadkarni & Surthi were LH spinners, Chandra & Borde RH leg spin, Prasanna & Venkat off spinners. That was the Zenith of spinners Era. Durrani - a superb all rounder- could make the ball talk! Previous generation had Mankad & Gupte as the Greats. Can a RH leg spinner still make India Test XI?

  • on August 29, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    No chance to gambhir's return. Now india got a good opening pair (Dhawan & Vijay) in test matches. Let see how they perform in SA. If both are fail, then a least chance is there for gambhir. One more thing remember Rohit is waiting for his chance in test matches. Gambhir's problem is some EGO. That's why he cant concentrate his bating. And I doubt in his fitness.

  • Capricorn60 on August 29, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Really ironic when we Indian fans all want Gambhir to show some good batting form on the county circuit to give us an experienced opening option for the SA tour, he hasn't been doing too well at all whilst Chawla [primarily a bowler] goes on to score a century! :)))

  • on August 29, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Piyush chawla is not suit for international matches. He is performing only non international matches. His ODI and test matches record is not good. His first class record is good.

  • Naresh28 on August 29, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Latest trend by Indian cricketers is to speak up in articles to try and get into team reckoning. Selectors should be aware and only choose from recent performances. As professional cricketers they should let the bat or ball talk for them. We have three categories - exceptional, borderline and poor. Borderline ones will sit and warm benches or play in A teams,domestic, exceptional should be in the team. India currently has another set of A team players playing vs NZ - these players need to excel should they want to get further.Recently players like ZOL, Sandeep Sharma and Lokesh Rahul displayed sheer class. Some serious competition forming between U19/U23/India A players. It bodes well for Indian cricket future. The Selectors and BCCI should be commended for this trend.

  • Nampally on August 28, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    It is difficult for even a good leg spinner to get into the Indian Test XI these days. Typical combo of bowlers is 3 Seamers + 1 off spinner + 1 LH orthodox spinner. This leaves room for just 6 batsmen + WK/batsman. These spots are more or less booked with Ashwin & Jadeja/Yuvraj filling up the spinners positions. India does not have a leg spinner of the class of SP Gupte, Chandra or Kumble any more. Gupte was a World class spinner with prodigious leg spinners & a difficult to spot googly & a top spinner. His flight, trajectory & accuracy were so canny that he baffled the best, bowling with just 3 paces. Chandra & Kumble were much faster & relied on their bounce + top spinners to get wkts. Has India any leg spinner in this class? NO. Mishra is trying hard bowling at Gupte's pace but needs to be lot more accurate & eliminate No-balls before he gets into the XI. Chawla is trying to be faster leg spinner like Kumble but does not have his bounce or accuracy - Tough to make Indian Test XI!.

  • CricketMaan on August 30, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    He was pushed too soon into tests. should have been allowed to mature before playing big boys. He is just 24 and with age and more first class can get better. Sometimes batters get pushed too soon and survive, but bowlers dont have that luxury. We have seen quite a few pushed too soon and wade off. Pankaj Singh was another example.

  • SVicious on August 30, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    There is no way Chawla should be given another opportunity to make the playing Indian XI. The main reason being that he has been given his chances from very early on and has shown himself out to be short on ability and temperment. It is a sure sign of lunacy to try the same thing over and overhoping that the results will be different. Lets focus on the new younger breed and focus their efforts toward being match winners for India.

  • Johnny_129 on August 30, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Best of luck to Mr Chawla. Unlike some, Chawla seems determined and is working hard. He does not seem to be lazy like Rohit. Unfortunately, luck, timing and grabbing an opportunity when it presents itself is also very important - Chawla did not cement his spot when he got the chance and now diss himself back in the queue with the likes of Ashwin, Jadeja and even Mishra ahead of him. Chawla just needs to keep working hard and good things will come his way.

  • ProdigyA on August 29, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Good to see that he is working hard, but he cannot compain of the lack of opportunities given to him. He was selected in WC2011 much to the surprise of everybody but failed miserably in India due to which he was dropped. I think Dhoni backed him long enough (not as long as Rohit) but still Piyush could not deliver.

    Dhoni is a type of captain, who will compramise a bit on the primary skill bowling or batting as he thinks, players will learn eventually but he will never compramise on fitness and fielding standards. Only Ashwin is an exception. That being the case, its very hard Piyush or even Mishra to make it in the XI and also too much competition rite now.

  • Nampally on August 29, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    @Naresh28: Subash Gupte was short- around 5'-4". He just took 3 casual paces in his run up but used his wrist & fingers to generate huge leg spinners & an uncanny googly. He beguiled MJK Smith, the England Captain, umpteen times in his first few balls. Even the might of the 3 W's from WI- Worrell, Weekes & Walcott were subdued by Gupte. Gary Sobers rated him as the Best Ever leg spinner in the world. The art of leg spin bowling as practiced by Gupte is lost because of modern T-20 bang-bang approach. Dhoni as a Captain is reluctant to go anywhere near a RH leg spinner- Rahul Sharma was benched so often that he is unheard of now. Indian team under MAK Pataudi had as many as 3 or 4 spinners. Durrani, Nadkarni & Surthi were LH spinners, Chandra & Borde RH leg spin, Prasanna & Venkat off spinners. That was the Zenith of spinners Era. Durrani - a superb all rounder- could make the ball talk! Previous generation had Mankad & Gupte as the Greats. Can a RH leg spinner still make India Test XI?

  • on August 29, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    No chance to gambhir's return. Now india got a good opening pair (Dhawan & Vijay) in test matches. Let see how they perform in SA. If both are fail, then a least chance is there for gambhir. One more thing remember Rohit is waiting for his chance in test matches. Gambhir's problem is some EGO. That's why he cant concentrate his bating. And I doubt in his fitness.

  • Capricorn60 on August 29, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Really ironic when we Indian fans all want Gambhir to show some good batting form on the county circuit to give us an experienced opening option for the SA tour, he hasn't been doing too well at all whilst Chawla [primarily a bowler] goes on to score a century! :)))

  • on August 29, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Piyush chawla is not suit for international matches. He is performing only non international matches. His ODI and test matches record is not good. His first class record is good.

  • Naresh28 on August 29, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Latest trend by Indian cricketers is to speak up in articles to try and get into team reckoning. Selectors should be aware and only choose from recent performances. As professional cricketers they should let the bat or ball talk for them. We have three categories - exceptional, borderline and poor. Borderline ones will sit and warm benches or play in A teams,domestic, exceptional should be in the team. India currently has another set of A team players playing vs NZ - these players need to excel should they want to get further.Recently players like ZOL, Sandeep Sharma and Lokesh Rahul displayed sheer class. Some serious competition forming between U19/U23/India A players. It bodes well for Indian cricket future. The Selectors and BCCI should be commended for this trend.

  • loki897 on August 29, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Piyush Chawla, I know you are 24 and I can see some talent in you. Most spinners (especially leg spinners) are still learning the art of spin. Even Nathan Lyon is still learning. You're inconsistent but maybe when you are 28 you could stand a decent chance of getting in to the team. Don't think your days with the indian cricket team are gone, there is potential and you're only 24. You also bowled quite consistently in the IPL (NOT SAYING HE SHOULD PLAY FOR INDIA BECAUSE OF THAT).

  • on August 29, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    While a lot of talk goes on about the fitness of fast bowlers, it is equally important for a spinner to be fit, particularly leg spinners, as they need to twist their arms when bowling. This puts a lot of pressure on the wrist, elbow joint and shoulders. It is only when these parts are strong enough that a leg spinner can impart enough revs for turn , while also being able to have better control and still be able to bowl at a decent pace- in the 85-90 kmph range. This is the problem with both Amit Mishra and Chawla. Both are not fit enough to achieve this combination. They are slower through the air and proved cannon fodder for batsmen at the international level.

  • Naresh28 on August 29, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    As pointed out by @nampally, the Indian attack needs more variety. A legspinner could be an interesting addition. Also a left arm pace bowler is missing. I believe that when choosing a team for a particular game, India should look at the main opposition batsman - if its Pieterson or Cook look to find their main weakness. Mishra has been showing some class (clean bowl victims) lately. Right now the legspinners we have need to work on accuracy. Maybe their shortness in height is the reason for lack of accuracy but makes them effective on Indian pitches. Kumble's place definitely needs filling. Its also nice that India have finally realised that a 4 man attack is not enough in tests. Since we switched to 5 man results are a lot better.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 29, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    No offense to Chawla, but unless he gets really really god, I can't see him in the team. Both Ojha and Ashwin are better bowlers, and Jadeja is really fitting the shoes of the allrounder slot very well. Chawla will have to play out of his skin in order to get into the side

  • Sir_Ivor on August 28, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    With regard to Nampally's very pertinent views I just like to mention that Amit Mishra is only now getting the assurance that he is indeed a very good leg spinner. I thought Virat Kohli as Captain handles him the best. I hope he can get to bowl even a bit like Subhash Gupte who was indeed the best leg spinner in the world when it was perhaps not so fashionable to be a legspin bowler. He was not blond and was not glamorous even if he too did his things in his own way ! I got the feeling that Mishra gets angry when he bowls. That is not the right thing for a spin bowler who needs to prey upon the mind of the batsman with his subtle variations with the ball. Chawla could yet become very good if he evolves by watching his own and other's videos and perhaps slows down his run up to the stumps. He is very young still and is a good all round cricketer.It is nice to see that he is making some very sensible observations

  • on August 28, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Piyush Chawla is rubbish. India have moved on from him. As far as the pantheon of international players is concerned, he ranks just ahead of Sajid Mahmood or Glenn Maxwell.

    Then again, many Indian fans mercilessly mocked Ravi Jadeja before he debuted in tests, and look how he's shut them up. Respect your good players, India, and be firm with your mediocre ones.

  • itsthewayuplay on August 28, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    To debut at the age of 17 and then almost completely ignored is complete and utter lack of man-management. If Chawla, Ohja and Mishra can be given a fair run in any format and show signs of their ability which both of them have, India will have an interesting quintet of spinners including Ashwin and Jadeja to choose from. Good luck Piyush.

  • on August 28, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Chawla is very inconsistent!! Opportunities given to him have been many whereas he has reciprocated appropriately to very few of them!! Amit Mishra is the real deal... If India are to have another leg spinner in the side its got to be Mishra, not Chawla

  • on August 28, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Chawla is very inconsistent!! Opportunities given to him have been many whereas he has reciprocated appropriately to very few of them!! Amit Mishra is the real deal... If India are to have another leg spinner in the side its got to be Mishra, not Chawla

  • itsthewayuplay on August 28, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    To debut at the age of 17 and then almost completely ignored is complete and utter lack of man-management. If Chawla, Ohja and Mishra can be given a fair run in any format and show signs of their ability which both of them have, India will have an interesting quintet of spinners including Ashwin and Jadeja to choose from. Good luck Piyush.

  • on August 28, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Piyush Chawla is rubbish. India have moved on from him. As far as the pantheon of international players is concerned, he ranks just ahead of Sajid Mahmood or Glenn Maxwell.

    Then again, many Indian fans mercilessly mocked Ravi Jadeja before he debuted in tests, and look how he's shut them up. Respect your good players, India, and be firm with your mediocre ones.

  • Sir_Ivor on August 28, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    With regard to Nampally's very pertinent views I just like to mention that Amit Mishra is only now getting the assurance that he is indeed a very good leg spinner. I thought Virat Kohli as Captain handles him the best. I hope he can get to bowl even a bit like Subhash Gupte who was indeed the best leg spinner in the world when it was perhaps not so fashionable to be a legspin bowler. He was not blond and was not glamorous even if he too did his things in his own way ! I got the feeling that Mishra gets angry when he bowls. That is not the right thing for a spin bowler who needs to prey upon the mind of the batsman with his subtle variations with the ball. Chawla could yet become very good if he evolves by watching his own and other's videos and perhaps slows down his run up to the stumps. He is very young still and is a good all round cricketer.It is nice to see that he is making some very sensible observations

  • johnathonjosephs on August 29, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    No offense to Chawla, but unless he gets really really god, I can't see him in the team. Both Ojha and Ashwin are better bowlers, and Jadeja is really fitting the shoes of the allrounder slot very well. Chawla will have to play out of his skin in order to get into the side

  • Naresh28 on August 29, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    As pointed out by @nampally, the Indian attack needs more variety. A legspinner could be an interesting addition. Also a left arm pace bowler is missing. I believe that when choosing a team for a particular game, India should look at the main opposition batsman - if its Pieterson or Cook look to find their main weakness. Mishra has been showing some class (clean bowl victims) lately. Right now the legspinners we have need to work on accuracy. Maybe their shortness in height is the reason for lack of accuracy but makes them effective on Indian pitches. Kumble's place definitely needs filling. Its also nice that India have finally realised that a 4 man attack is not enough in tests. Since we switched to 5 man results are a lot better.

  • on August 29, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    While a lot of talk goes on about the fitness of fast bowlers, it is equally important for a spinner to be fit, particularly leg spinners, as they need to twist their arms when bowling. This puts a lot of pressure on the wrist, elbow joint and shoulders. It is only when these parts are strong enough that a leg spinner can impart enough revs for turn , while also being able to have better control and still be able to bowl at a decent pace- in the 85-90 kmph range. This is the problem with both Amit Mishra and Chawla. Both are not fit enough to achieve this combination. They are slower through the air and proved cannon fodder for batsmen at the international level.

  • loki897 on August 29, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Piyush Chawla, I know you are 24 and I can see some talent in you. Most spinners (especially leg spinners) are still learning the art of spin. Even Nathan Lyon is still learning. You're inconsistent but maybe when you are 28 you could stand a decent chance of getting in to the team. Don't think your days with the indian cricket team are gone, there is potential and you're only 24. You also bowled quite consistently in the IPL (NOT SAYING HE SHOULD PLAY FOR INDIA BECAUSE OF THAT).

  • Naresh28 on August 29, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Latest trend by Indian cricketers is to speak up in articles to try and get into team reckoning. Selectors should be aware and only choose from recent performances. As professional cricketers they should let the bat or ball talk for them. We have three categories - exceptional, borderline and poor. Borderline ones will sit and warm benches or play in A teams,domestic, exceptional should be in the team. India currently has another set of A team players playing vs NZ - these players need to excel should they want to get further.Recently players like ZOL, Sandeep Sharma and Lokesh Rahul displayed sheer class. Some serious competition forming between U19/U23/India A players. It bodes well for Indian cricket future. The Selectors and BCCI should be commended for this trend.

  • on August 29, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Piyush chawla is not suit for international matches. He is performing only non international matches. His ODI and test matches record is not good. His first class record is good.