Piyush Chawla impressed everyone with a fine bowling performance as India cruised to victory against Ireland yesterday. I watched a few overs of Piyush yesterday and he has a very good googly that he uses a lot. It was also interesting to listen to the commentary of former India leg spinner L Sivaramakrishnan. He said that Piyush had improved a lot, his hand was coming more straighter now, and he attributed this to the work put in by the Indian bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad.
In a rare and rather surprising development, the BCCI have just announced that it is in the process of putting together a long term plan for India-A tours. If this report is to be believed, it is a significant achievement by the BCCI for coming out with a statement that not only makes sense but also means so much for Indian cricket if executed well.
It is something we fans have been hankering for a long time and commonsense has finally prevailed.
To put things into perspective, while countries like Sri Lanka have been having regular A tours as well as playing visiting international sides, India have not had a proper A tour since the top-end series down under a year ago. No wonder the cupboard seems bare Mr Vengsarkar!