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Chawla hopes to power Sussex

cricket Updated: Aug 26, 2009 00:37 IST
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It’s going to be a unique experience for Piyush Chawla, playing for an English team in India. Sussex has named the leg spinner in their squad for the Champions League, and that has got Chawla really excited. “I am just wondering how it’s going feel to turn out for an English club at home. Nonetheless, I am extremely happy to be a part of the Champions League,” he said.

Not surprised at being short-listed in a 20-member preliminary squad, the spinner said that he always knew he would be in the squad if Sussex made it to the final of the T20 Cup. “I did well in my short stint with them, and I knew I would be there if they made it to the Champions League,” he said.

Besides his showing for them in the county cricket, what would have clinched the berth for him is his knowledge of the Indian conditions. “It’s obviously quite an advantage to have someone who knows the local conditions well. I have grown up playing my cricket in India and have played at all the venues scheduled to host the Champions League. So, my presence would obviously help, in that context.”

But, he said, this would also increase the responsibility on his shoulders. “The team will obviously rely on me to pass on local knowledge and perform well in my home conditions. I want to make the most of this unique experience.”