Robin Peterson knows how it feels, and so is in the best possible position to empathise with Piyush Chawla after the leg-spinner was smashed for 27 runs in the 19th over as Mumbai Indians stole an unlikely victory at the PCA Stadium on Wednesday.
Peterson was once carted for 28 in one over by Brian Lara during a Test match, and knows what Chawla must be going through. “I had the dubious world record but I learnt my lesson and moved on. Piyush is a fantastic bowler and I am sure he will do the same,” the South African said after contributing to his team’s four-wicket win.
"I got a victory for South Africa against India (in Nagpur) during last year’s World Cup. It was the only game India lost in the competition, so I am pretty proud of my achievement,” he said.
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Chawla has the unwanted record of being hit for the most number of sixes in IPL history, but Kings XI skipper Adam Gilchrist refused to blame the bowler for the loss. “A leg- spinner on small grounds is bound to get hit for a few sixes. Piyush has bowled wonderfully for us so far and today also, his first three overs were very good. It is just a matter of those six balls,” Gilchrist, who missed the third straight game due to a hamstring injury, said.