Piyush Chawla has been a part of Kings XI Punjab since the first season and the team’s sluggish start has hardly helped the leggie’s cause.
The 23-year-old was part of the World Cup winning squad but he has failed to make an impact in the international arena. He is however upbeat about a turnaround in both his and his IPL team’s fortunes and reckons Pune Warriors batsman Robin Uthappa is the most dangerous batsman in the Indian Premier League after Chris Gayle.
The start has not been good but there are enough games left for us to mount a comeback. Every team will go through a phase where they will lose some matches and it’s bound to happen in a league of this nature,” he said.
He also rates Uthappa as the most dangerous batsman in the league after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Gayle. "Robin is an impact batsman and can destroy any bowling line-up on his day. I think after Chris Gayle, he is the one who can alter the game’s complexion.”
Being a leg- break bowler in T20s is not an easy task as players are always in an aggressive mode and there is also very less scope for trying out variations. But Piyush says he never allows those batterings to shake his confidence and he takes it in his stride.
“Every game is a new one and as bowlers, especially in a format like IPL, bowlers will go for runs. The crowd loves to see big hits and it’s an important component of the game. But I always try to innovate with my bowling and am trying to come up with a new delivery that will bamboozle batsman,” said Piyush, who idolises Shane Warne and Anil Kumble.
Yuvraj Singh was his first captain for Kings XI Punjab and Piyush wants him to be a part of the Kings XI set up again. "If Yuvraj is available for the next season, we should have him in our team next time around. His presence in the side lifts the spirits of the team when the chips are down and he inspires his teammates to give their best on the field. I want him to make a comeback as soon as possible,” he signed off.
‘Uthappa next most dangerous after Gayle’By Soumalya Santikari in Mohali | Mail Today – Fri 13 Apr, 2012 12:37 PM IST
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