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Young guns ready to fire

Piyush Chawla and VRV Singh are yet to debut, but a lot is being expected from the duo, writes Subhash Rajta.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 16:26 IST

Vikram Rajvir Singh and Piyush Chawla are the latest entrants to Team India. They are yet to debut, but a lot is already being expected from the duo.

While VRV is expected to give Indian seam bowling the firepower it has generally lacked, Piyush, the right hand leg-spinner, is apparently being seen as a successor to Anil Kumble.

And the duo is very much aware of the expectations they will have to live up to, as and when they take the final plunge. "Yes, I am aware of all this and it has built up a slight pressure on me," said UP boy Chawla.

VRV Singh, on the other hand, does not feel any pressure by all that hype of being the quickest bowler of the country.

"I am under no pressure at all. I am quite positive about my abilities and just want to go out there and bowl," said the Chandigarh boy.

Well, they may have different opinion on this aspect, but they couldn't agree more on how they were enjoying the time with the team.

"It has really been a great experience. We are meeting many players for the first time and we are learning a lot from their company," the two concurred.

"I met Kumble for the first time today and he told me several things that I will have to work upon," said Chawla.

Another thing they agreed on is the impact Challenger Series have had on their careers.

Though their names were already doing the rounds in cricketing circles, they actually came into limelight from that tournament.

While VRV made everyone sit up and take notice with his sizzling pace, Chawla impressed one and all with his showings.

"It was very important series for me, especially the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar. His wicket is a dream prize for any bowler and I was really glad that I could get it," said Chawla.

"We will play to the best of our abilities as and when we get a chance," came the parting shot from the duo.

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 16:26 IST