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‘We don’t have to start from scratch in West Indies’

Speaking to The Indian Express, Chawla shares his views on his form, career, the IPL and his confidence going into the ICC world Twenty20.

For Piyush Chawla, life has come a full circle. Three years after limping out of the winning World T20 squad in South Africa without playing a game, Chawla hopes to help India regain the trophy in the West Indies.


Speaking to The Indian Express, Chawla shares his views on his form, career, the IPL and his confidence going into the ICC world Twenty20.


You are making a comeback into the Indian team after about two years. How important is this tour for your career?


I have worked really hard during the last one and half years to earn my comeback. Now that the selectors have chosen me for the job, I need to deliver the goods and make a long lasting impression. I want to be part of the Indian team for a longer period and for that the World T20 will be the most important tournament for me. The competition is tough but I need to stand out.


How would you look back at your performance in IPL III?


I enjoyed bowling on the Indian tracks as I was able to extract turn from the wickets and was happy to deceive the batsmen in the air. I am in fine form and bowling with rhythm. The IPL was only a dress-rehearsal for the World T20.


Do you think the pitches in the West Indies will assist your bowling?


I have never played in the West Indies. But I have been told that the Caribbean wickets are quite similar to the Indian ones. So, I am quite keen on bowling there. I have had a good domestic seasons but my IPL form will give me the required boost and confidence.


Are you excited at partnering Harbhajan Singh in the bowling line-up?


I have had the opportunity of bowling with Harbhajan Singh on several occasions. I remember bowling along side him in Australia in 2008. I was selected with Bhajji paaji when we won the first World T-20 in South Africa in 2007, but unfortunately got injured. I hope the combination can work for India.


In T20s, there's very little error margin for bowlers, especially spinners. Why do you think spinners are doing so well in IPL III?


Indian wickets are on the slower side, so the spinners are bound to get wickets. Moreover, it takes effort for a batsman to jump out of crease or play against the spin. They (batsmen) find it easier to use pace of the quick bowlers and work the ball for a four or a six. At the same time, the spinners have used the conditions well in the IPL.


Do you think due to the long duration of the IPL will lead the fatigue during the World T20s?


I don't think so. Our top players like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan are in top-form so I think this will help them in the West Indies because we won't have to start from the scratch. Also we have had closer look at our opposition players, so it will help us in a big way.

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