Mumbai Indians bought as many as seven players in the IPL 2021 players auctions last December. James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Piyush Chawla are some of the famous names who have been a part of the franchise for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, former MI wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has stressed on the importance of Piyush Chawla who will now be playing for the franchise. He explained Chawla’s role in the side as well.
Talking to Star Sports, Parthiv Patel said that Mumbai Indians have strengthened their spin attack by roping in Chawla. They had Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar as their spin options and the addition of Chawla only bolsters the attack. The veteran India spinner was brought in for 2.4 crores.
“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,” Parthiv said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Piyush Chawla previously played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. Both the franchises relied heavily on his variations to get them wickets. He has enough experience of playing at the Chepauk and Eden Gardens. Mumbai will be playing nine of their matches in Chennai and Delhi. Both the venues are known to have low and slow wickets and Parthiv thinks Chawla has the necessary experience of bowling on those wickets.
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“He knows how to bowl on Chennai wicket or on slow and low wickets. So, I think Mumbai Indians have covered all the 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,” he added.
Mumbai Indians full squad for IPL 2021
Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Milne, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen and Arjun Tendulkar.
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