Piyush Chawla has, once again, turned to county cricket by signing for Somerset and hopes to resuscitate his India career. He scored 112 off 170 balls for Somerset against Middlesex at Lordís, rescuing Middlesex from 211/7 before departing with the score at a healthy 417/9.
ďItís an amazing feeling after scoring a 100 at Lordís. Itís hard to explain what it means. The applause you get from the crowd while walking the corridors at Lordís ó itís just priceless,Ē said Piyush speaking to The Indian Express.
He has dreamt of being feted by the Lordís crowd and wanted to experience it first hand. ďSince childhood, we have seen how Lords treats those who perform and I am lucky to see this day. I never thought I will score 100. The wicket wasnít easy but after facing the first eight overs, I had a chance to score decent runs,Ē he said.
His previous stint with Sussex helped him and he used that experience to good effect. ďThe ball was moving a lot and there was bounce too. I have been working on my batting since the last couple of years though and my country experience helped me a lot. I have been in England before so i had a basic idea of the conditions. Adjusting was not a problem. Country cricket always comes as a big help because you learn a lot here,Ē Piyush added.
Piyush knows that first-class centurions do not get their name on the Lordís honours board but he knows he has a story to tell his children.
ďThose who score a first-class hundred at Lordís do not get their name on the honours board but at least I can tell my children in the future that I have a hundred at Lordís,Ē he said.
Speaking about his performance with respect to his hopes of making the national team, Piyush was circumspect.
ďIt was a nice day for me especially because i also got 3 wickets. I do not want to see far ahead. I am confident I will make a comeback in the future. It is important to grab the opportunity and do