Piyush Chawla, bought by Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2020 for a hefty price of INR 6.75 crores has returned to the IPL 2021 auction. Piyush Chawla featured in seven games, picking up six wickets at 31.83 while maintaining an economy rate of 9.10 and as a result, could not live up to the expectations. However, with 164 matches, the leg-spinner remains one of the most-capped players in the tournament’s history.
At the same time, the 32-year old has also been fairly consistent, taking 156 wickets in 164 matches at 27.33 while maintaining an economy rate of 7.87. Chawla is also handy with the bat, capable of delivering some useful and quick runs at the back end of the innings. Thus, any team would be glad to have him in their ranks as a reserve spinner.
Piyush Chawla was part of Kolkata Knight Riders’ second IPL title-winning campaign:
Not only is Piyush Chawla one of the experienced IPL campaigners, he has a feather in his cap in the form of an IPL title-winning campaign back in 2014. The Punjab-born leg-spinner hit the winning runs in the nail-biting final against Kings XI Punjab at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore when the Knight Riders had to chase 200 to win.
Chennai Super Kings might have released Chawla; however, they might also buy him back at a lower price to have to themselves a reserve spinner. While the yellow army has an ace leggie in the form of Imran Tahir, he is an overseas player and at some stage, the franchise could need the experience of an Indian player on Indian tracks.