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Full name Varun Chopra
Born June 21, 1987, Barking, Essex
Current age 26 years 302 days
Major teams England Lions, England Performance Programme, England Under-19s, Essex, Essex 2nd XI, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Warwickshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 6 ft 1 in
Education Ilford County HS
|First-class debut||Essex v Loughborough UCCE at Chelmsford, Apr 15-17, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Sussex at Birmingham, Apr 13-16, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Essex v Sri Lankans at Chelmsford, Jun 9, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Northamptonshire at Birmingham, Aug 26, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Hampshire v Essex at Southampton, Jul 3, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Somerset at Birmingham, Jul 30, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1, 2||Warwickshire||v Sussex||Birmingham||13 Apr 2014||FC|
|71, 0/1||Warwickshire||v Oxford MCCU||Oxford||7 Apr 2014||FC|
|83, 56*||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Colombo (RPS)||26 Feb 2014||FC|
|28||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Dambulla||19 Feb 2014||FC|
|58, 24||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Pallekele||12 Feb 2014||FC|
|47, 0||Eng Lions||v SL-A Emerg||Colombo (Colts)||6 Feb 2014||FC|
|21, 0, 0/4||Eng Lions||v SL-A Emerg||Colombo (RPS)||1 Feb 2014||FC|
|17, 46*||EPP||v WA 2nd XI||Perth||10 Dec 2013||Other|
|4, 20||EPP||v Queensland Second XI||Brisbane||27 Nov 2013||Other|
|6||Warwickshire||v Derbyshire||Derby||24 Sep 2013||FC|
An opening batsman of considerable talent, Varun Chopra impressed as captain of England Under-19s, who he led to a comprehensive series whitewash of Sri Lanka in 2005. He was on fire himself, averaging 48 in the Tests and striking a half-century in one of the two ODIs. But life was about to get immediately tougher for him and his side - an 11-0 pasting followed on the winter tour of Bangladesh.
Chopra's own form with the bat was largely indifferent - although he did find form towards the end with 77 and 98 - and he lost the captaincy for the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in February, but he was reinstated for the 2006 summer series against India.
With a resolute temperament and the talent to match, Chopra has been tipped for the top. Graham Gooch is a fan, calling him "a smart lad who works hard at his game and has a natural eye for a ball." Gooch first encountered him at an Indian coaching camp. "He looked a good player then - upright and likes to play off the front and back foots straight through cover."
As with many young batsman the talent has been a little slow to fully emerge, but even with the likes of Gooch to mentor him at Chelmsford he struggled to make the grade and moved to Warwickshire.
Jenny Thompson April 2010.
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