Currently exploring the County route to win his position back in Team India, Piyush Chawla still remembers the wicket that turned the course of his cricket career eight years ago. As a 16-year-old and playing for India B, the chubby leg-spinner dismissed Sachin Tendulkar. Chawla says: "It is my most memorable wicket as a professional cricketer."
In an exclusive chat with Wisden India, Chawla remembers how playing against Tendulkar was a dream and a challenge. "I was a 16-year-old kid playing against someone who had ripped apart almost all of the great bowlers. I went into the match with the mindset that I had nothing to lose. I thought if he hits me around, so what, he's done that to a lot of bowlers over the years. But before the match, I also dreamt of getting him out, which came true. He later told me 'Well bowled'. I think he was a little embarrassed at being dismissed by a 16-year-old," said Chawla.
Chawla shot to prominence with Tendulkar's wicket and at 17, made his Test debut versus England at Mohali in 2006. However, the Uttar Pradesh spinner would just play two more Tests and is currently looking to resurrect his international career.