- Piyush Chawla is excited about playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2018
- The veteran leg-spinner has a T20 World Cup win, ODI World Cup win and a IPL win on his CV
- Chawla is still harbouring hopes of making a comeback for India
Veteran leg-spinner Piyush Chawla has seen and crucially won a lot during his long cricketing career. The 29-year-old has been a part of India’s T20 and ODI World Cup-winning sides in 2007 and 2011 respectively and also played a part in Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL win in 2014. Piyush Chawla’s IPL 2018 stint will see him heading back to the Eden Gardens as he will once again be a part of KKR Team 2018, albeit under a new captain this year.
Chawla excited to be a part of KKR Team 2018
Speaking to senior journalist Boria Majumdar as part of a KKR 2018 event in Kolkata, Chawla shed some light on how his journey has been at the franchise and on what makes it so very special to be a part of KKR Team 2018.
“When I first came to KKR in 2018, I knew it is a big team and the way it has done over the past few years.. so obviously you want to be a part of the team which is so successful. Also, the kind of relationship you share with the owners here, they make you feel at home here in Kolkata. The crowds and the support that KKR gets makes it all the more welcoming and you obviously want to come back to the same city again and again,” he said, while also stating that he is eagerly awaiting the start of IPL 2018.
No senior-junior culture in KKR 2018 dressing room
Piyush Chawla’s IPL 2018 stint will also see him rubbing shoulders with Shubman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi, three of India’s U-19 World Cup stars. When asked if the presence of so many age groups will create a senior-junior divide in KKR Team 2018 dressing room, the former Uttar Pradesh spinner said that he was not bothered by such things.
“No senior-junior thing in our dressing room. We’re always there to help and there are so many things which we can learn from these youngsters, the kind of effort they’re putting in at the age of 18-19 os fabulous,” he stated.
Chawla’s good Ranji Trophy season and the switch from U.P. to Gujarat
Chawla was clear in implying that coming into IPL 2018 and the KKR Team 2018 after doing well in the domestic circuit is bound to help him do well in the upcoming season. “It obviously helps any bowler when you do well in domestic circuit.”
“And.. as you said, I moved from U.P. to Gujarat. It was a tough call as I’ve played all of my cricket there, almost 12-13 years for U.P. but in end I think it was a good move because in U.P. we used to get green tops in almost every game. In Gujarat, we get red soil wickets which help the spinners. I ended up with 35 wickets in some 5-6 games this season, which is great,” he continued.
Piyush Chawla’s national ambitions
The World Cup-winner finally admitted that he is indeed hoping for a national comeback and is looking to use his KKR IPL stint as a stage to get back into India reckoning.
“Obviously I’m looking to make a comeback now. As I said, if you do well in domestic circuit and followed by a good IPL so there’s always a chance. Let’s see.”
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