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Elation, frustration and agony in South Africa

Piyush Chawla ambled in happily to bowl his leg spinners. S Sreesanth, bowling in the adjacent net, was breathing fire, storming in at batsmen from a long run-up. Rohit Sharma, in the far net, looked gutted as he went through the routine batting drills. Subhash Rajta reports.

cricket Updated: Jan 18, 2011 01:00 IST
Subhash Rajta

Piyush Chawla ambled in happily to bowl his leg spinners. S Sreesanth, bowling in the adjacent net, was breathing fire, storming in at batsmen from a long run-up. Rohit Sharma, in the far net, looked gutted as he went through the routine batting drills.

The emotions ranged from elation, frustration to despair as the players turned up for practice after being informed of their World Cup fates in the selection meeting at Chennai.

All three were hopeful of a berth in the final 15, but while Chawla saw his dream come true, the other two will have to wait for another four years to have another shot at it.

The leg spinner, as one would expect, looked pleased as a punch, throwing back a broad and warm smile at everyone congratulating him for the big break that must have surprised him. It's not that he doesn't belong here; the surprise is more about his sudden emergence from nowhere. He played his last ODI almost three years back (against Pakistan in June 2008).

"It's good to have him in the side as he lends variety with his leg spin, and he can also bat a bit," said Dhoni, explaining his inclusion.

Even as Chawla would be celebrating, others would find it tough to come to terms with the lost opportunity. While most wouldn't give words to their disappointment, India's firebrand paceman Sreesanth poured his agony on twitter. "I am heartbroken but no worries, time will come my way... Will keep giving my very best to the game no matter how small my chances are."