The Indian legspinner, who was part of the Mumbai Indians squad at IPL 2021, shared the news of the bereavement on Monday
Piyush Chawla‘s father, Pramod Kumar Chawla, died on Monday. He had recovered from a bout of Covid-19, but as Chawla, the India and Mumbai Indians wristspinner said in a post on Instagram, Pramod had been suffering from post-Covid-19 complications.
Our thoughts go out to Piyush Chawla who lost his father, Mr. Pramod Kumar Chawla this morning.
We are with you and your family in this difficult time. Stay strong. pic.twitter.com/81BJBfkzyv
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 10, 2021
Families of more than one cricketer have also been affected by Covid-19. While MS Dhoni’s parents had to be hospitalised during the course of the IPL, and Veda Krishnamurthy has lost both her mother and sister to the virus, while Chetan Sakariya, one of the success stories of IPL 2021, lost his father yesterday.
The 2021 IPL was called off on May 4 after a spate of positive Covid-19 cases in a number of franchises. Since then, the teams have disbanded, with most overseas cricketers having headed back home. Among the ones still in India are Mike Hussey, the Super Kings batting coach, and Tim Seifert, the Knight Riders wicketkeeper-batter, who are both being treated for Covid-19 in a hospital in Chennai.
Legspinner Chawla, 32, is a veteran of the game, having started his first-class and List A career in 2005, and has played three Tests, 25 ODIs and seven T20Is over the years, and was part of the trophy-winning India squads at both the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup. He was part of the Mumbai Indians squad at IPL 2021, which was postponed indefinitely last week because of the worsening Covid-19 situation, but didn’t get into the first XI in any of their matches. The Mumbai Indians are Chawla’s fourth IPL team – he has earlier represented the Knight Riders, the Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), and the Chennai Super Kings, and is the joint-third-highest wicket-taker in the competition overall: his 156 wickets are only behind Lasith Malinga (170) and Amit Mishra (166), and the same as Dwayne Bravo’s haul.
Australia in West Indies 2021
The Australia captain said that performances on the upcoming tours will count for a lot in final selection
“I’m seeing them pretty good,” he said in Brisbane ahead of the squad’s chartered flight to the Caribbean on Monday. “I’ve only been hitting indoors on hard wickets, so [I] think the big test will come in night matches, that’s when I noticed the biggest difference in my eyesight.
“It was just bloody blurry which isn’t ideal as a batsman. One day it just sort of changed and got a little bit worse. It wasn’t very sharp and there was bit of a halo around lights and a bit of a trail on the ball, so just a bit unusual. After New Zealand we thought that was the best time to get it done. Was about a three-week process and it was really smooth. It’s all clear now, so seems really good.”
As in New Zealand, Finch will have a squad stripped of some key players due to a combination of resting, opt-outs and Steven Smith’s elbow injury. It was a long-term plan for David Warner and Pat Cummins to miss the tour, but Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson and Jhye Richardson made themselves unavailable.
That has led to recalls for Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner and Dan Christian along with a maiden call-up for pace bowler Wes Agar.
Finch reiterated the view of national selector Trevor Hohns that significant weight will be put behind performances over these two tours when it comes to the final selection of the T20 World Cup squad which means there may not be a certain path back for all the absentees.
“Playing cricket for Australia and doing well is the ultimate, in my opinion,” he said. “So for guys to be on this tour to get the first opportunity to put their hand up and take that spot is what it’s about. It’s tough to ignore really good international performances.
“It could change a lot. That was based on the World Cup being in Australia and I thought our side in the lead-up to the original World Cup meant to be held here was really settled. You have to look to keep restructuring your side to gather more information. The more the wickets change and the more they go away from our traditional Australian wickets think the more we have to keep learning.”
Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo
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Recent Match Report – Gloucs vs Glamorgan South Group 2021
NZ wicketkeeper-bat required just 41 balls to take game away from visitors
Gloucestershire 216 for 2 (Phillips 94*, Howell 53*) beat Glamorgan 182 for 8 (Lloyd 44, Higgins 2-27) by 34 runs
Phillips’ fifth-highest score of his career, and first half-century in the Vitality Blast, powered Gloucestershire to 216 for 2 – their own fifth-highest T20 total. He struck nine fours and six sixes to overwhelm Glamorgan, who gave game chase for a while but could only reply with 182 for 8.
Phillips arrived after Miles Hammond and Chris Dent had given the innings a lively start after losing the toss, making 60 without loss. He cut Marnus Labuschagne through extra cover before lifting Dan Douthwaite over the sight screen. He blasted Prem Sisodiya twice straight back past his for four and swept him fine for another boundary in going to fifty in 26 balls.
He took 14 from the 17th over, clubbing Timm van der Gugten over long-off, before uppercutting Douthwaite for a third six. An extraordinary reverse-scoop flew over third man for six as 23 came from the 18th. In the final over, he launched van der Gugten over the longest boundary at midwicket, crashed him wide of deep cover for four and swung the final ball of the innings over deep-square.
Howell took his chance up at three to make an unbeaten 53 in 33 balls. He struck Callum Taylor for four through extra cover and wide of midwicket before a slug down the ground cleared long-off for six. He drove Weighell for four to raise a fifth T20 half-century.
Glamorgan needed their third-highest T20 total to win and stayed in the game for the first half of the chase. David Lloyd gave them a rattling start with 44 in 22 balls, striking four sixes, three of them short-arm jabs over midwicket and Glamorgan reached 101 for 4 at halfway. But Tom Smith then bowled an over for 9 followed by a wicket maiden to leave 15-an-over for the final five.
Labuschagne was, as ever, a crucial wicket and David Payne yorked him walking across his stumps. His 33 in 21 balls was well light of what Glamorgan needed.
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