Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) ace spinner, Piyush Chawla reveals that the best way to restrain batsman from scoring runs in limited-overs cricket is to pick wickets at regular intervals.
Meanwhile, Chawla played a significant role for Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).
Although they failed to reach the grand-finale, Chawla served as a vital cog in the wheel. Recently, he talked about wide-ranging issues during his chat with Sportskeeda.
Talking about the transition finger-spinners are going, he believes it is the mindset of the batsmen which has changed.
“Leg-spinners have always been an attacking option. Earlier, batsmen never used to take as many chances: even against finger spinners, they used to block deliveries. Nowadays, the game has become so fast that no matter who’s bowling, everyone leaks runs. Leggies give you an extra advantage of picking up wickets: the best way to contain any team is to get wickets and wrist spin gives you the biggest advantage in that sense,” Sportskeeda quoted Chawla.
No change in approach: Chawla
With a career of over 12 years, Chawla has evolved from being a young rookie to a seasoned campaigner. However, despite all odds, he feels his role as a leg-spinner hasn’t changed yet.
Stating that it is tough to bowl in the powerplays, Chawla admitted that he enjoys doing so.
“Not at all. The best way to contain the batsman is by picking up wickets. If you’d have noticed, this season also, I bowled the most of my overs in the Powerplays. In the Powerplay overs, it is not easy for anyone to bowl, be it a pacer or spinner. If a leg-spinner is bowling with variations, he has more chances of picking up wickets. My role never changes as a leg-spinner,” he added.