IPL 2020: CSK big bid Piyush Chawla lives up to MS Dhoni, goes past Harbhajan Singh’s tally of IPL wickets
Piyush Chawla lives up to captain MS Dhoni’s expectations
Chawla bowls an economic 4-over spell including a breakthrough
Chawla was signed by CSK for Rs 6.75 crores ahead of IPL 2020
Former India captain MS Dhoni was last seen in the Team India jersey during the 2019 World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in July last year. Ever since then and until last month, in August, Dhoni’s retirement had made the rounds. However, on August 15, Dhoni marked an end to his international career leaving all his glory to the Indian Premier League. Naturally, fans were yearning to watch the Chennai Super Kings skipper return to action during the 13th edition of the cash-rich event, hosted by the BCCI.
MS Dhoni set the stage on fire as he made an entry to the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, amid fake crowd noises to keep the players’ energies up, and won the toss against Mumbai Indians counterpart Rohit Sharma. With CSK asking Mumbai to bat first, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma took the field and started charging at the CSK pacers-Deepak Chahar and Lungi Ngidi. Soon Dhoni, a friendly genius mate to his spinners, weaved his magic once again as he took the gamble of introducing spin in the 5th over. Knowing Rohit Sharma’s weakness against legbreak, Dhoni brought in Piyush Chawla. The legspinner claimed Rohit Sharma’s wicket on the 4th delivery of his spell and went on to complete his 4-over spell while only conceding 21 runs. Needless to say, skipper Dhoni was pretty proud of his chosen bowler.
And why wouldn’t he be? After all, there were a lot of questions made on Chawla’s signing for a whopping 6.75 crores at the IPL 2020 auction. Chawla, who was released by Kolkata Knight Riders after the 12th edition, was the most expensive buy for CSK ahead of IPL 2020.
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Chawla goes past Harbhajan Singh
Most wickets in the IPL: Piyush Chawla went past Harbhajan Singh’s tally of 150 IPL wickets after he bagged the wicket of Rohit Sharma tonight. With Bhajjia and Lasith Malinga out of the IPL 2020 contest, Chawla could end up as the highest wicket-taker in IPL history at the end of this season.
Lasith Malinga – 170
Amit Mishra- 157
Piyush Chawla – 151
Harbhajan Singh- 150
Dwayne Bravo- 147
CSK squad backed Chawla ahead of IPL 2020
CSK head coach Stephen Fleming had then clarified the signing of the seasoned legspinner. “Chawla is rated very highly and certainly the captain (Dhoni) has a great relationship with him. He’s proven that he’s a quality leg-spinner which we value very highly,” Fleming had stated.
CSK bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji had also backed the legspinner’s recruitment to the Chennai squad.
“Piyush (Chawla), the experience he brings in is great and he has been doing well since the inception (IPL) days. He will give a balance to the side. Our conditions suit spinners. It’s good to have as many spinners as we can. We have a lot more options. MS Dhoni likes to have spinners, especially leg-spinners. He is a good buy,” Balaji had said on Star Sports.
“If a captain is believing in you, what more do you want?” an elated Chawla had said.
Chawla, who last represented the Indian national cricket team in 2012, had been excited about his reunion with MS Dhoni after 8 long years. The right-arm leg-spinner was the part of the winning squads of the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup but he had also clarified that he does not consider himself as a lucky charm for the ‘world’s best captain’.
“It’s not about lucky charm, because I wasn’t the only one who was in the 2007 and 2011 WC squad both. There were eight more players. So it’s not that’s it’s happened because of me alone. It’s just about how much cricket you play, how hard you work, it depends on that,” Chawla told First Post.
“Definitely (excited about the reunion with Dhoni). Koi bhi leg spinner ko chahiye ke unko accha captain mile (Any leg spinner would want a good captain). I am getting Dhoni bhai, world’s best captain, aur kyaa chahiye (what more do you want)?”
All the backing and Chawla has proven himself in the IPL opener that is underway in Abu Dhabi. Once again, MS Dhoni has proven himself to be a great captain and sheer mastermind in cricket.