Chawla made his international debut, aged 17, in India’s Test victory over England at Mohali in March 2006, but did not add to this until his one-day bow, versus Bangladesh, 14 months later.
He toured England in 2007, featuring in all seven games of the NatWest Series as England prevailed 4-3. Nine more internationals appearances followed in 2008.
He signed for Sussex in June 2009 and made an instant impact with 102 not out from just 86 balls batting at number nine against Worcestershire in the LV= County Championship.
Chawla, who also plays for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, took 6-152 in the same match before backing up his potential with match figures of 11-170 against Somerset.
His prolific wicket-taking continued as he captured 9-49 off 87 overs against Yorkshire later in the season, and went on to represent Sussex in the Champions League Twenty20.
However, he joined Surrey for 2010 after Sussex retained Yasir Arafat as their overseas player.