In a bid to bolster the spin department, Mumbai Indians (MI) bought the services of Piyush Chawla for an amount of 2.40 crores. The experienced campaigner will join the likes of Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, and Jayant Yadav in the MI’s spin department. Chawla played for CSK last year but had a poor outing. As a result, he was released from CSK’s squad before the IPL 2021 Auctions.
In a video posted on the Twitter handle of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma expressed his delight over the inclusion of Piyush Chawla in the side ahead of the commencement of IPL 2021. Sharma revealed that he played with Piyush Chawla during his under-19 days. He believes that the Piyush is an attacking spinner and his experience will prove valuable to the side.
“I have played with Piyush since U-19 days and I know he is a very attacking bowler which is something we wanted in our spin bowling department. He was a good buy, to get him into our squad. He is one of the highest wicket-takers in the IPL. He knows the format and opposition, he knows the players,” Rohit said in a video posted on the official Twitter account of Mumbai Indians.
Piyush Chawla also spoke highly of the franchise and said he is happy to play for the most successful franchise in the league.
“I got to know that I have been picked by Mumbai Indians at the auction, so I was quite happy and excited because you want to be a part of the team which is a defending champion and that has done so well in the IPL. So it’s really nice.”
“I have seen Rahul, I have played cricket with Jayant Yadav and Krunal Pandya. It is very important to share each other’s experiences. There would be many things that I know and they wouldn’t, it works vice-versa as well,” he added.
Mumbai Indians will play the IPL 2021 opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday.