IPL 5: Who is Ajit Chandila?

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Published: Monday, May 14, 2012, 14:57 [IST]
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IPL 5: Who is Ajit Chandila?

Bangalore, May 14: On the stage of Indian Premier League, stars emerge from nowhere in just a matter of few games. There is new entrant to that list of IPL stars, he is offspinner Ajit Chandila from Rajasthan Royals.

Also read: Chandila takes hat-trick as Rajasthan crush Pune

The 28-year-old Chandila took IPL 5's first hat-trick against Pune Warriors on Sunday evening. Playing in his only second game, it was an outstanding feat and the one to remembered for a very long time.

Chandila ended the match with bowling figures of 4/13 which also earned him the Man-of-the-match award. His fourth wicket was Anustup Majumdar.

His hat-trick victims at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium were Jesse Ryder, captain Sourav Ganguly and Robin Uthappa.

It is not an easy task for a spinner to use the new ball and take hat-trick. Chandila opened the bowling and took two wickets in his first over (fifth and sixth balls). The hat-trick came in his second over on the first ball.

Previously, Chandila was picked by Delhi Daredevils last year. This year, he was signed by Rajasthan. He plays for Haryana and made his first class debut in November, 2010.

Chandila made his IPL debut on Apri 23, also in Jaipur. But that day, opening the bowling for Rajasthan, he went wicketless in four overs (0/29).

Chandila has so far played two first class games with three wickets. In all, he has featured in 13 Twenty20s with 11 scalps. His six One Dayers have fetched him six wickets.

The tall spinner plays for Air India and has been impressive for them.

India captain MS Dhoni, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh are the big names who have fallen to Chandila in the Indian domestic circuit. Now, he has added three more international batsmen to that list.

Chandila considers former India legspinner Narendra Hirwani as his “big brother."

“Narendra Hirwani, who is like a big brother to me, has taught me a lot. Whenever I have a problem or I am confused (I speak to him)," Chandila told IPL's official website iplt20.com.

He also said that he enjoyed Ganguly's wicket the most.

Hirwani told The Times of India newspaper that Chandila had spoke to him three hours before the match.

“Chandila has been seeking my advice for a long time now. In fact, he called me just three hours before today's (Sunday's) match to talk about how he should go about bowling in just his second IPL match," Hirwani told TOI.

"My advice to him has been to keep batsmen in check by not giving easy runs. He is not a big turner of the ball so I always tell him that he should look to go for not more than 20 runs in his four overs. If he does that he'll invariably have at least two wickets to his name," Hirwani said.

When asked about Chandila's strength, Hirwani explained: “His biggest advantage is his height. In addition to that he has a long pause in his action, which helps him in getting just that little bit of extra time to see what the batsman is doing and possibly adjust accordingly."


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