Future Team Prospects II

This is the second in a series of blogs talking about players who could represent India in the near future. The first article spoke about two batsmen – Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary.

Piyush Chawla

Piyush Chawla is not a completely new name to Indian cricket fans as they have already seen him in action against England when he debuted at the age of 17. A leg spinner in the classical mould, he came in to prominence in the England U-19 tour and then took the wicket of one Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar clean bowled with a googly in a Challenger trophy match.

Although India won the game, his test debut against England was less than spectacular – he sent down around 15 overs and took just one wicket – that of Freddie Flintoff.

 He has had a dip in form with the ball this season with only 16 wickets in 6 matches in the Ranji Trophy and just one 5-for (compared to 35 wickets in 7 matches in the last season with 4 five-fors). His batting has improved though, and he has had a couple of good knocks this season – a 75 against Saurashtra and a 61 against New Delhi.

Time is however on his side and he will improve with more matches and some exposure to touring sides and selections in India A teams. BCCI would also do well to send him to Terry Jenner to hone his skills. With India’s spin cupboard looking quite barren, Piyush Chawla offers us some hope. It is upto BCCI to nurture this youngster to make sure that he is not lost like the other 17 year old legspinner who promised so much, yet only flattered to deceive – L. Sivaramakrishnan.


8 responses to “Future Team Prospects II

  1. Talk about Bringing coal to NewCastle.

    Piyush Chawla could learn art of leg spin from VV Kumar – the wily leg spin maestro.

  2. Why VV Kumar? I have’nt come across even a state level cricket who has benefited from his coaching.

    I would go for Terry Jenner the former Australian leg-spinning allrounder who is more famously known as Sharne Warne’s coach.

    The BCCI should pick up 3 or 4 budding legspinners and get Jenner in as a consultant / Mentor even if not a full time coach. Of course there is one thing that will come in the way – EGO.

    Former players and some section of the media will cry foul. What they will fail to see is that the famous quartet in three decades have’nt helped one spinner establish his place in the Indian team. Now who can argue with that?


  3. Totally agreed Vish. Terry Jenner coached Shane Warne to greatness. That alone is enough to fill any CV. I can’t remember any player from the V.V.Kumar camp to have made it anywhere.

  4. I would agree with you if I am not from India or Chennai. But, have grown up in the system, I understand the nuances.

    VV Kumar – a great leg spinner IMHO. He has his ego. I have played for 20 years – bowled to great batsmen – Sobers, Kanhai, Walcott, Weekes, Worrell, Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell, Vinu Mankad, Sunil Gavaskar.

    The new kid on the block thinks – who is this oldie – VV Kumar ? has he seen Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara …. Why should I even bother go to him.

    The Indian ego is such that VV Kumar may not want to teach this brash kid any thing with all these egos.

    I think EAS Prasanna, VV Kumar, Shivalkar, Rajendra Goel (no regional bias here 🙂 ) all of these have a great spinners have a lot to offer to the youngsters.

    Hey, Daniel Vettori came to Bedi to learn some tricks of left-arm spin.

  5. I failed to mention that Chawla is now the India U-19 captain. His stats for the U19 stands at 41 wickets in 7 matches and 378 runs in 10 innings (with 2 centuries to boot)

  6. VV Kumar, I believe is the spin coach at NCA in Bangalore and I think Chawla was sent to him for training…

    If his current season’s record is anything to go by, it hasn’t helped much.

  7. I believe Piyush Chawla is being over-coached in India.

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