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Chawla concentrating on batting to stage a comeback

Promising leg-spinner Piyush Chawla says he is polishing his batting skills to make an India comeback after being ignored for the Champions Trophy, underlining the importance of having a good bat lower down the order in modern cricket.

cricket Updated: Jul 18, 2009 11:39 IST

Promising leg-spinner Piyush Chawla says he is polishing his batting skills to make an India comeback after being ignored for the Champions Trophy, underlining the importance of having a good bat lower down the order in modern cricket.

"As a spinner I need to develop new deliveries and I am trying some new ones. Apart from the bowling I am working on my batting too as modern cricket demands good batting right down the order," Chawla told reporters.

Chawla, who was in the capital to be a part of an NBA event on Friday, said he was not disheartened at missing the Champions Trophy berth as he believed form was not the reason for his exclusion from the list of probables for the event to be held in South Africa from September 22.

"I do not think I was dropped because of bad performance, it has to do with the time and the combination required for the team at this point of time.

"I am concentrating on my game, selection is not in my hands. I am keeping my fingers crossed, my work is to play matches and perform," he added.

The 21-year-old spinner, who is presently playing county cricket for Sussex, started with a bang by taking 19 wickets and scoring a century in the English County Championships.