Piyush Chawla, the Chennai Super Kings’ latest acquisition started his stint at the franchise in style as he dismissed Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma in his first over for this team. Mumbai Indians got off to a flying start in the opening match of IPL 2020 after being asked to bat by CSK captain MS Dhoni. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock took their side to 45 runs by the end of the 4th over and MS Dhoni decided to employ the services of Piyush Chawla.
In the fourth delivery of the leg spinner’s over, Rohit Sharma mistimed his lofted shot and chipped the ball to Sam Curran at mid-off. Rohit Sharma had to walk back for 12 as Piyush Chawla celebrated his first scalp at CSK.
Piyush Chawla Is Now The Sole Third Highest Wicket-taker In IPL With 151 Wickets
With the dismissal, Piyush Chawla surpassed CSK’s own Harbhajan Singh in an elite IPL list. He was tied at the third position with Harbhajan Singh in the list of players with most IPL wickets with 150 scalps besides his name. After picking Rohit Sharma’s wicket, he took his tally to 151 scalps, surpassing the veteran off-spinner to become the sole owner of the third position in the list.
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to field after winning the toss in the IPL 2020 opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians here on Saturday. For CSK, the four foreigners in that match were Sam Curran, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi.
Sam Curran’s Inclusion Means No Extra Quarantine For England And Australian Players
With Sam Curran included in the CSK playing XI after arriving in Abu Dhabi on September 17, it means that there is no separate quarantine for players coming from England as their quarantine period was reduced to 36 hours instead of 6 days by the BCCI. For Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard, Quinton de Kock, James Pattinson and Trent Boult were the four foreigners.
Most of the Indian Premier League franchises are relieved as all the 21 Australian and English players arriving in the UAE from the United Kingdom after playing the bilateral limited-overs series had to undergo just 36 hours of quarantine instead of the earlier prescribed six days.
All the franchises, which have English and Australian players arriving after the white ball series in England, had appealed for reducing the quarantine period and the BCCI has been able to successfully sort the issue out with local authorities in the UAE.
The only franchise that was unaffected by the six-day quarantine period was Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), which has its first game of the season on September 23 with Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton and Pat Cummins in its ranks since their base is in Abu Dhabi which has 14-day quarantine norm.