Leggie Piyush Chawla chats with The Indian Express to share his views on his future with the Indian team, his team's title chances and Yuvraj's captaincy.
Twenty20 is deemed cruel on the spinners but Piyush Chawla has been able to defy that theory. With 14 wickets against his name, the 19-year-old boy from Aligarh has been a key to Kings XI Punjab's fortunes in the IPL, not to mention his cameos with the bat towards the end of the innings. On the eve of his side's final league match against Rajasthan Royals, Chawla chats with The Indian Express to share his views on his future with the Indian team, his team's title chances and Yuvraj's captaincy.
On being the next big leg-spin hope for Team India after Anil Kumble
I am not thinking much about that but Anil bhai has been a great teacher for me throughout. I have been lucky enough to take bowling tips from him. I have grown watching him play for so many years where he was considered a trump card in crucial games and I hope to follow in his footsteps. I just want to concentrate on my bowling in the upcoming tours and would love to play my part to help India win matches.
On Amit Mishra emerging as a close rival after the IPL show
I am sure the selectors will bear in mind the performance of the players in the IPL. Mishra with his hat-trick will also be back in the reckoning and I feel if two players are competing for a slot, the rivalry is healthy. Such competition can get the best performance from a player.
On meeting Shane Warne
It was like a dream come true for me. Warne passed on a few tricks to me and I am going apply those tricks against his side tomorrow. I will be in attacking mode when we face the Rajasthan Royals in our last league match; this match can be a dress rehearsal for us before a possible final against us. So, we need to go out all guns blazing.
On Yuvraj Singh as skipper of Kings XI Punjab
Yuvraj bhai has been instrumental in Kings XI Punjab's success. He leads from the front, shows a lot of faith and confidence in his team mates. Personally too, I have had a great equation with him and have tried to deliver whenever he has thrown the ball to me. It has been hectic for we are traveling continuously but Yuvraj has made it very simple for us, always chipping in with a joke or two to refresh the mood in the camp. On the cricket ground, he doesn't let pressure take to you and encourages you to play your natural game.