Chawla`s inclusion not a surprise: Coach

Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 17:31 PM IST

Kanpur: Former cricketer and coach of Uttar Pradesh cricket team Gyanendra Pandey said that Piyush Chawla`s inclusion in the 15-member World Cup squad is completely justified and has not come as a surprise.

"There is no surprise in his (Chawla) selection. He has been doing well in the domestic circuit and we were confident that he will make it to the World Cup squad," Pandey, who has been working with the leg-spinner for the past four years,
told reporters.

The 22-year-old, who last played a one-day match for India in 2008, was yesterday picked in the national squad ahead of Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra, who have been more frequently featuring in the limited-over squad in recent times.

Emphasising on the recent run by the youngster, Pandey said, "It is totally incorrect to raise question marks against his selection. Over the last couple of years he has not only performed in the Ranji trophy but his record in Duleep trophy and Deodhar trophy with both bat and the ball has also been very good.”

"Considering his run at the domestic level, his selection could not have been overlooked," he added.

The coach also hailed Chawla`s fine track record against the foreign players, saying, "He has been very effective against the foreigners and since the World Cup is in the
sub-continent it will definitely help the spinners.”

"If he gets a chance he will show his skills not only with the ball but also with the bat. He can also make significant contributions in the fielding department."

Pandey was also ecstatic about the inclusion of the other two cricketers from Uttar Pradesh in Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar in the World Cup squad, though, he reiterated that their selection for the sporting extravaganza was expected.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) also welcomed the selection of Piyush Chawla and said although the cricketer has been out of action from the international scene but he has been consistently delivering as an useful
allrounder at the domestic level.

Hailing the selection of three cricketers from the State in the final fifteen for the first time in the cricketing history, Director of UPCA, Jyoti Bajpai said, "I wish all
three players from the State play an important role in the tournament and help the team win the World Cup for India."