Former India wicketkeeper and Mumbai Indians’ talent scout Parthiv Patel explained the reason why MI roped Piyush Chawla for ₹2.4 crores in the IPL 2021 Auction.
The reason why MI roped Piyush Chawla in IPL 2021 Auction
Patel reasoned that MI needed an experienced spinner in the line-up and hence went after the 32-year-old leggie.
MI bought a total of seven players during the auctions which included Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Arjun Tendulkar, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen. It seems as if MI have covered all their bases for the title defence. Check out the list of players released, retained, and purchased by MI in IPL 2021 Auction.
“He knows how to bowl on Chennai wickets or on slow and low wickets. So, I think Mumbai Indians have covered all their bases. It depends on where they are playing, so it won’t be a disadvantage. That’s what champions can do, even after winning a tournament they try and fill spots, and that’s exactly what Mumbai Indians have done,” Parthiv said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
“I don’t think it is a disadvantage for Mumbai Indians, because if you look at the Mumbai Indians squad last year, there was only one thing which everyone could notice; they didn’t have an experienced spinner. They have Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar, but they needed someone experienced, and that’s what Mumbai Indians did in this auction. They got Piyush Chawla, a very experienced campaigner in IPL,” said Patel.
Chawla in IPL 2020
CSK had bought Piyush Chawla in the IPL 2020 auction for 6.75 crores after his former franchise Kolkata Knight Riders released him. But in an unexpected move IPL 2020 has shifted to UAE owing to the COVID19 pandemic.
Playing around 7 matches for CSK in IPL 2020 Chawla took only 6 wickets at an economy of 9.09. This may be the reason for CSK to release him ahead of the IPL 2021 Auction. The IPL 2021 is scheduled to begin from April 9 with an opening match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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