Piyush Chawla Has Great Relation With MS Dhoni: CSK Coach Stephen Fleming
In IPL 2020 auction, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) roped four players on Thursday (19th December). CSK’s surprising bid was for the Indian spinner Piyush Chawla who went on to be the most expensive Indian player in that auction pool.
CSK bought Chawla for a whopping Rs 6.75 crore who was released by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ahead of the auction. MS Dhoni-led team has maintained its team of experienced players by grabbing Piyush Chawla.
Piyush Chawla is a different type of bowler than Karn Sharma – Stephen Fleming
CSK coach Stephen Fleming opines that the 30-year old will be beneficial in the Chennai pitches which support the spinners. He also added that Chawla has healthy relations with Dhoni, besides being a quality spinner.
“We traded very hard (for Chawla) and certainly the captain has a great relationship with him. He’s proven that he’s a quality leg-spinner which we value very highly,” the CSK coach said.
“He’s a different type of bowler than Karn Sharma. We also had to make some decisions around how all fits in but it was an opportunity that came up and we took it. We have a pretty well-balanced squad. We’ve always favoured spin, our home ground is very spin dominant, so having a lot of spinners is not a bad thing.”
Piyush Chawla started his IPL journey since its inception in 2008. He has played 157 matches and picked 150 wickets in the cash-rich league. The Gujarat player has also played for India in three Tests, 25 ODIs and seven T20Is. He is also regular in domestic cricket.
Chennai Super Kings also picked Sam Curran for INR 5.50 crore. The all-rounder Sam Curran is not a new face in the Indian Premier League. In the last edition, he made the debut for Kings XI Punjab. CSK coach believes that the left-arm seamer is the right combination for Dwayne Bravo in the squad. The franchise also bought two other bowlers Josh Hazlewood and R Sai Kishore for INR 2 crores and 20 Lacs respectively.
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