Full Name : Piyush Pramod Chawla
Date of Birth : 24th December 1988
Place of Birth : Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
Height : 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Batting Style : Left-Handed Batsman
Bowling Style : Right Arm Leg Break
Role : All-Rounder
Test debut (cap 255) : 9th March 2006 v England
ODI Debut (cap 167) : 12th May 2007 v Bangladesh
Piyush Pramod Chawla is an Indian cricketer who has played for the India U-19 team and the Central Zone. Piyush Chawla Hometown is Moradabad,(Uttar Pradesh). Piyush Chawla is seen as a leg-spinning allrounder in domestic cricket, but has not fired as a batsman in the One Day International format. Piyush Chawla first played for India U-19 against the England U-19 team in 2004-05, claiming 13 wickets from two Under-19 Tests at a bowling average of just above 12. Piyush Chawla also played in the 2005-06 home series against Australia U-19, where they won the five-match limited overs series 4-1, taking eight wickets.Piyush Chawla has a bowling speed of between 80 km to 85 rather he has also reached a maximum of 91km/h.
In the 2005-06 Challenger Trophy, Chawla was selected to play for India B. Although he only bowled three of a possible ten overs in the first match of the series, conceding 21, he picked up two wickets in the next match against India A, and as India B reached the final against the Seniors, he took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar – bowled with a googly – in an effort described by Cricinfo as “impressive”. Piyush Chawla also dismissed Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to end with three for 49, but the Seniors still won by three wickets. Two weeks later, he made his first class debut for Central Zone against South Zone in the Duleep Trophy, and scored 60 in a 92-run eighth-wicket stand with Harvinder Singh. Piyush Chawla also finished with match bowling figures of 27.2-3-100-6, admittedly only getting one of the top five batsman once. Piyush Chawla has been known by Kiran More since the age of 15 and at only 17 has potentially got a great cricketing future in front of him. Piyush Chawla proved himself again when he took 4 wickets in 8 overs conceding only 8 runs in the U-19 World Cup final of 2006. Piyush Chawla also made 25 (n.o.) runs.
Chawla at fielding practice.This resulted in his selection in the Indian Test Squad for the 1st Test against England in Nagpur, in March 2006, and was selected for his debut in the 2nd Test against England in Mohali, making him the second youngest Test debutant for India after Sachin Tendulkar. It was in this Test that he claimed his sole wicket of Andrew Flintoff.
Piyush played his first ODI with India on 12 May 2007, against Bangladesh. Piyush Chawla debut was highly successful, with him taking 3 wickets. In the second ODI with Ireland, he was equally impressive with three wickets.
In 2009, Chawla signed for Sussex County Cricket Club for a month, as cover for Yasir Arafat who was with Pakistan.
In his first County Championship match against Worcestershire, he took a total of 8 wickets in the match, and came in at number 9 in the first innings, and scored 102* from only 86 balls.
Piyush was also selected for 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in West Indies.
Piyush Chawla has also been selected as part of Indian Team’s 15-man World Cup Squad for the 2011 World Cup. Piyush Chawla started off strongly in the warm up matches leading India to victory with his bowling performance against Australia. Even though he got lucky in the warm-up matches, he showed his true bowling quality in the real World Cup. Thus, he played only 2 matches and did not participate in any match after England. This was because his bowling was lackluster.
Piyush plays in the IPL for the Kings XI Punjab team since the last 4 editions. Piyush Chawla has had a successful time at Punjab. After IPL 4 he had taken 57 in 55 matches and only 5 player can better that record at the time. Piyush Chawla was sold for USD 900000 to KXIP in 4th Edition of IPL.