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Chawla keen to shine as an all-rounder

cricket Updated: Jan 25, 2008 19:11 IST

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Young leg-spinner Piyush Chawla wants to chip in with some valuable runs down the order besides unsettling the opposition batsmen with his bowling in the upcoming tri-series in Australia.

Chawla, who was named in India's 16-member ODI squad to play against Australia and Sri Lanka in the triangular series starting February 3, said he was keen to improve on his fielding and batting as well.

"If I am adding 15 or 20 runs at eight or nine down that will be a good contribution. I am looking forward to doing it," Chawla told PTI today.

"I hope to perform upto my potential there. I want to cement my place in the side," he said.

The Uttar Pradesh bowler felt he does not need to try out new things in Australia.

"I have visited Australia before and I know a bit about the nature of wicket there. That should not be a problem. Moreover, there are seniors in the team who will help me out," he said.

Asked who would be the most difficult Australian to be dismissed, Chawla said he would not think of taking the wicket of any one particular batsman.

These days Chawla is using the white ball at the nets. His coach KK Gautam has advised him to bowl short of length and flighted deliveries on the middle stump in order to become successful.

"Piyush will have to deliver the goods in Australia. My advice is to attack the batsman and bowl a bit short and flighted deliveries at the middle stump. If he sticks to this line and length, I think he will have success there," Gautam said.