Another product of the U-19 WC, he had a wonderful final match against Pakistan, ending up with figures of 4/8 in the 2006 edition. His early exploits were noted as he made his debut for Central Zone against South Zone in the Duleep Trophy. An international call was not to be denied to this talented youngster and he promptly made his Test debut against England in Mar, 2006. His first wicket was that of the explosive all-rounder, Andrew Flintoff. However, it has to be noted that he has not made the maximum of his potential as he has managed to add just one more Test cap.
He has been much more successful in the One-day format of the game though bamboozling the English middle-order with an wide assortment of leggies during the Indian tour of England in 2007. In spite of his obvious talents with the bat and the ball, he has been a relative flop with the bat so far. He is also one of the very few players to have been part of the World Cup winning teams both in the T-20 format as well as the ODI format. His performances though left a lot to be desired.
He was called back for national duty during England’s visit to India in 2012 and played the final Test at Nagpur before featuring the T20Is that followed. Since then, he has not managed to get back into the Indian side, though he has been a regular at the domestic circuit.
Interesting Fact: Piyush Chawla came into the national reckoning by cleaning up Sachin Tendulkar with a googly in a Challenger Trophy encounter in the 2006 season.
IPL through the years
One of the most successful bowlers in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Piyush Chawla has played with distinction, both for Kings XI Punjab, with whom he spent six seasons and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) – who have him as a constant, ever since buying him in 2014. Piyush is number three in the list of highest-wicket takers in IPL – having snaffled 140 victims from 144 matches (before the 2019 tournament), to be placed just behind Lasith Malinga and Amit Mishra.
His first foray into the cash-rich tournament came in the very first season, after having been bought by Kings XI Punjab, who won his services with a US$ 400,000 bid. They were aptly rewarded, with the leg-spinner claiming 17 wickets as the franchise reached the semi-finals of the mega event. Piyush remained consistent, always topping the double-digit wickets tally and remained a key bowler for the Mohali-based franchise, until he was bought by KKR in 2014 – after a successful 4.25 crores bid.
In a team that was stacked with quality spinners, Piyush has held his own and is used as a floater in the bowling line-up. Although he hasn’t quite matched up to his earlier standards, the fact that he was retained by the franchise using their ‘right to match’ option in 2018 tells his value for the team. After a patchy 2019 season, he was released by KKR and surprisingly snapped up by another spin-heavy side CSK who took him at a shocking price of 6.75 cr INR. Once again, the seasoned leggie finds himself amidst a battery of tweakers but with the way Chepauk pitches have been, he should enjoy his new home a lot more.