Piyush Chawla burst onto the scene as a 17 year old after having a great U-19 World Cup and was destined for great things. However, the leggie couldn’t leave that much of a mark in International cricket, although he was part of both the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup victorious squads. However, on most occasions in these tournaments he warmed the bench.
Chawla also played in 3 test matches for India and recently came up with his version of the all time Test XI. He picked up a strong team which included three Indians, however Kohli couldn’t find a place in the team. For the number 3 spot too, the wrist spinner preferred Ponting over Dravid, which is understandable. For the keepers role, he unsurprisingly picked Gilchrist over Dhoni for the Test match format.
The UP bowler chose Hayden and Sehwag as his openers, followed by the most solid middle order including Ponting, Tendulkar and Lara. Gilchrist and Kapil Dev would follow the great middle order, with Dev playing the all rounder’s role at 7. For the rest of the team, Piyush went with Warne and Murali as his spinners, while picking Wasim Akram and Curtly Ambrose as his out and out pacers. The 12th man spot was reserved for Jaques Kallis.
Piyush Chawla’s all time Test XI – Virender Sehwag, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Adam Gilchrist, Kapil Dev, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Curtley Ambrose, Jacques Kallis (12th man)