Piyush Chawla is an Indian cricketer who has played all three formats for the Indian national team. He was born on 24 December 1988 in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
He is a right-arm leg break bowler, and bats left-handed. He is seen as an all-rounder in domestic cricket and is a specialist bowler in international cricket.
He has also played for the India U-19 side and the Uttar Pradesh U-22 side.
Piyush Chawla’s cricketing career started when he played for the India U-19 side. He played his first match, an U-19 test against England in 2004-05 and picked up 13 wickets from two matches. He was just 15 years of age when he made his debut for the U-19 side.
Later in 2005-06, he was a part of the U-19 side that beat Australia 4-1 in a limited overs series. After that, he went on to win the 2006 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, where he starred with 4 wickets in 8 overs.
Piyush Chawla’s performance in the 2006 U-19 World Cup resulted in his selection for the Indian national side. He played his first Test for the senior side against England. He picked just one wicket in the whole match.
On the other hand, he made an impressive debut in ODIs on 12 May 2007, as he picked up three wickets in his first match against Bangladesh.
He made an entry in to the T20 team after successful Indian Premier League seasons on 2 May 2010 against South Africa where he picked up one wicket.
Rise to Prominence
With amazing performances for the U-19 side, Piyush looked set to take over the primary spinner role for the senior side. But his debut performance in the test was not enough to impress the selectors who dropped him.
He returned to tests only two years later against South Africa, which again was an unsuccessful venture for him. He has played a total of three tests, the last one against England where he made a comeback with impressive figures of 4/69.
Piyush was a part of the T20 and the ODI format World Cups, ending as eventual winners in both. He has played a total of 25 ODIs and has picked up 32 wickets.
Piyush played his first club match for the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL in 2008. He stayed there for five seasons and had 57 wickets in 55 matches.
Only five other players had managed to do that at the time. In 2014, Piyush was acquired by the Kolkata Knight Riders where he plays currently.
In 2009, Piyush signed for county club Sussex. He impressed there as he picked 8 wickets in his first match while scoring a ton.