Try to keep batsmen guessing: Chawla

KKR leg-spinner says mixing deliveries is his key to success

Kolkata 29 May 2014
In the previous two outings against King XI Punjab, Piyush Chawla had claimed three wickets each time. Although he didn’t repeat the feat in the most recent match against KXIP, Qualifier 1, the leg-spinner picked the key wicket of the dangerous David Miller. He also bowled economically to keep the flow of runs in check as the Kolkata Knight Riders coasted to a 28-run victory.

While speaking to after a win that has taken the Gautam Gambhir-led side to the Final of Pepsi Indian Premier League 2014, he reflected on KKR’s winning streak and his bowling.

Excerpts from his interview:

How would you sum up KKR’s winning streak leading, which has led the team to the Final?

It is tremendous. Winning eight in a row and beating all the big teams feels good. And winning always boosts the confidence.

You have performed well against KXIP in all the three games this season. How do you plan against a batting line-up like that?

I just follow my basics and try to mix my deliveries. Cricket has become so fast and advanced that everyone knows what the bowler might do. So, I make sure I keep them guessing.

KKR went all-out from the beginning when you came out to bowl. What were the plans?

It was drizzling and there had been a rain interruption, so there was a possibility that that the Duckworth/ Lewis method might come into play. So, we were looking for a few wickets up front, and we got them. Umesh Yadav picked up a couple of wickets and so did Morne Morkel. And the others also chipped in with wickets, so it was good.

How would you sum up KKR’s bowling effort?

It was amazing the way we bowled. Although Shakib Al Hasan was a bit on the expensive side, that sort of thing happens. He has bowled very well throughout the tournament, so there is no cause to worry. Everyone bowled well.

Given KXIP’s explosive batting line-up, did you feel you had enough runs on the board?

Well, obviously because the wicket was on the slower side and it was turning a bit we did feel that way. With a 164-run target, an asking rate of about eight runs per over was never going to be easy.

The chants of ‘KKR jeetega’ (KKR will win) drowned the stadium today. How much does that boost your team?

The way the crowd backs you and cheers every run, boundary and six, that definitely is good. It is amazing!
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