Former Australian spinner and all time great, Shane Warne has said that he would be keen to know if India picks Piyush Chawla in the near future. Warne, often seen as a key supporter of wrist spinners, said that Chawla has been a regular performer for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, and the leg spinner deserved to be backed by the Indian selectors.
“Piyush Chawla stands out for me in the IPL. I wish India would pick him because I really enjoy watching him bowl,” Warne said. “I don’t think a lot of batsmen pick him out of the hand and although he might bowl a little bit of buffet stuff at times, mostly he seems to do well. I’d certainly like him in my T20 side,” said an optimistic Warne.
Warne also added that when he was in India covering the ICC World T20 2016, he was glad to witness skippers backing the leg spinners. The likes of Imran Tahir, Samuel Badree and Adil Rasheed were the trump cards for their respective side’s and played a key role.
“It is great to see the importance placed on leg-spin in the game currently. “I was at the World T20 and there were about eight or nine in the tournament who had an impact. It is great to see captains have faith in those leg-spinners – they are not only being picked but getting thrown the ball in tough situations,” Warne added.
The legendary leg spinner picked out young English spinner Scott Borthwick as the one to watch out for in the future. “I think the young English batting allrounder, Scott Borthwick, is very underrated,” Warne said. “It is very hard playing up in Durham as a leg-spinner, it is freezing cold all the time and it seams around all over the place.
“It may be best for his development if he were to move counties. “His batting has really come on, but I hope he hasn’t shelved his leg-spin, as I think he could play for England as a genuine all-rounder.”Adil Rashid still has a lot to offer as well but I think Borthwick is the guy of the future. He could be outstanding for England, if he can just stick at his bowling.”