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Back in the national squad, Chawla is smiling again

cricket Updated: Dec 21, 2010 23:59 IST
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It's been almost two and a half years, but Piyush Chawla's finally beaming again. He's been recalled to the Indian squad for the one-off Twenty20 and five-match ODI series, beginning January nine and the leggie is looking to make the most of this chance.

For many it was a surprise, but Chawla was confident. After all, he had asserted his own this domestic season with both bat and ball. He's placed second in UP's list of rungetters with 305 runs in six matches, including his maiden century in Ranji Trophy. He has scalped 14 wickets at 44.07.

"I have been waiting for this call for a long time," Chawla told HT. "Though I played my last ODI almost 29 months ago, I didn't lose confidence in my ability and kept working hard in domestic and IPL games."

Chawla, who first made it to the Test squad against England at Mohali in 2006, turned out for only two of the longer version matches. He was, however, tested in as many as 21 ODIs before being dropped in 2008 after the match against Pakistan at Karachi. He has been far from idle in the meantime. "Besides introducing variety in my bowling, I also put more emphasis on my batting," he said. "My century against Karnataka at a crucial stage last week has given me confidence to do well with the bat."

Chawla, one of the probables for the upcoming World Cup, felt that the ODI series in South Africa was a good opportunity to test his skills before the mega event.

"It's crucial as well as a great opportunity before the World Cup. I am leaving no stone unturned and will do my best, if given the chance," said Chawla.