Leg-break bowler Piyush Chawla became the fourth Indian bowler to pick 200 wickets in T20 cricket. The leg-spinner also became one of the very few active bowlers in Indian cricket to have had a combined tally of 800 wickets across first-class, List A and Twenty20 cricket when he picked his second wicket of the match.
“A friend had called me two days ago to tell me I am on the verge of 800 wickets but didn’t know about the 200 T20 wickets. That I have been able to be competitive across formats for so long makes me feel nice,” Chawla said to Sportstar.
Chawla bumped onto the national scene when he outclassed Sachin Tendulkar with a googly in a Challenger Trophy game.
Chawla who made his Test debut in 2006, also featured in India’s memorable World Twenty20 victory in South Africa in 2007 and the 2011 World Cup at home. Chawla made his last appearance for India in 2012, in a T20I against England.
Since then, Chawla concentrated on getting his form back and played in the domestic leagues. He led Uttar Pradesh for a couple of seasons and in pursuit to revive his career after an injury-marred 2016-17, switched to Gujarat at the start of the ongoing season. And he seems to have had a fruitful run. Chawla’s bagged of 32 wickets in Gujarat’s Ranji campaign which was his highest in the tournament for almost a decade.
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