Piyush Chawla Cited Sachin Tendulkar’s Example To Give Selectors A Befitting Reply


Indian leggie Piyush Chawla has opened up on his axing from the national team. The Uttar Pradesh-spinner has revealed that selectors were not in favor of picking him in the team because he tends to take the majority of his wickets courtesy googly.

He opened up on his exclusion on Aakash Chopra’s Youtube channel. Chopra, who was a specialist Test opener, said once he had asked a selector why he wasn’t picked in the squad, to which the think-tank said the quality of runs were not good. Eventually, Chopra was no longer in the scheme of things despite scoring heavily in the domestic circuit. Chawla then narrated a story that he finds ‘amusing’.

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“The way you talked about quality of runs, even I talked to one selector. The selector’s response was that I take more wickets on the googly.”

Chawla then put out an interesting comparison to express his curiosity over the remarks. He cited the example of batting mainstay Sachin Tendulkar and drew lines parallel to his bowling. “You have been seeing me from my younger days, I don’t keep anything in my heart and speak spontaneously which many people don’t like. My only response was – ‘If Sachin paaji plays the straight drive well and if he makes 60 out of his 100 runs through the straight drive, does that hundred not have any value?’ I guess the selector felt hurt because of that.” he added.

Chopra backed Chawla’s stand and said that it didn’t matter if he scalped those wickets with googly or leg-spin. Chawla has played 25 ODIs, 7 T20Is and 3 Tests for India. He is only 31 and was recently snapped by Chennai Super Kings in the IPL auction. He previously turned out for Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab as well.

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