IPL 2021: Piyush Chawla’s international and national experience will be useful for MI.© Instagram
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said on Thursday that Piyush Chawla was a very good buy in the player auction as his franchise needed an offensive spinner. IPL 2021 kicks off on Friday with the Mumbai Indians locking the horns against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) led by Virat Kohli at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Chawla has played 164 games in the IPL so far, managing to take 156 wickets at an economy rate of 7.87. He played for franchises like Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. It was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 2.40 crore at the players auction held in February 2021.
“I’ve been playing with Piyush since the U-19s and I know he’s a very offensive bowler, which is what we wanted in our spin bowling department. It was a good buy, to get him into our team. He’s one of the best. IPL ticket takers. He knows the format and the opposition, he knows the players, ”Rohit said in a video posted on the official Mumbai Indians Twitter account.
Speaking of playing for the Mumbai Indians in the next edition of the IPL, Chawla said: “I learned that I had been chosen by the Mumbai Indians at the auction, so I was very happy and excited because you want to be part of the team that is a defending champion and has done so well in the IPL. So that’s really cool. “
“I saw Rahul, I played cricket with Jayant Yadav and Krunal Pandya. It is very important to share each other’s experiences. There would be a lot of things that I know and they wouldn’t, it works too vice versa, “he added.
Zaheer Khan, director of cricket operations for the Mumbai Indians, also said that Piyush had the ability to bowling with the new ball, hence the side chosen for the auction.
“He bowled with the new ball so that was also a talking point when we were looking to find this experienced leg thrower. We also have Rahul Chahar on the team, who is an upcoming young talent. “Piyush’s experience will help us. Piyush has been in pressure situations, he has a big role to play and hopefully will be able to coach other spinners on the team,” said Zaheer.
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