India news July 11, 2012

Aakash Chopra switches to Himachal Pradesh

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aakash Chopra, the former India opener, will switch from Rajasthan to Himachal Pradesh for the upcoming domestic season. Chopra is originally from Delhi but played the previous two seasons for Rajasthan, helping them to the Ranji title on both occasions.

Chopra, on Twitter, looked back with pride at his time with Rajasthan. "Thoroughly enjoyed my time with Rajasthan and I will miss the team camaraderie the most. The happiest dressing room I've been a part of," he tweeted. "It was a tough decision but had to be taken...nothing excites me more than getting out of my comfort zone! New beginnings!"

Chopra was the linchpin of Rajasthan's batting during their sterling march from the Plate to Elite division in 2010-11. He scored 539 runs at 89.83 in the Plate games. That run included an unbeaten triple-century against Maharashtra, his highest first-class score to date. In the semi-final against Elite team Tamil Nadu, he scored a century, helping set up Rajasthan's victory through the first-innings lead. Chopra chronicled their unlikely triumph in his book, Out of the Blue. The following season, as Rajasthan successfully defended their title, Chopra put in another solid showing, with 615 runs at 43.92 from nine games.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Akash Chopra is a fine cricketer but could not continue his great form which he displayed during the Australian tour.Although he has no chance of getting another call from Indian selectors but still good enough to represent any state team in the domestic cercuit.Infact he was instumental in getting rajasthan two consecutive victories in ranji trophy finals.H P team as well as players are going to be benefitted a lot with his experience and vast knowledge of the game.good luck Akash

  • Naresh on July 13, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Maybe Aakash will one day play again for India. Imagine him and Chand as openers. He has maybe two years play time left in him. Would make a good batting coach.

  • Sony on July 13, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    @Rupok Saha, just in case you are not aware of following facts: 10 test caps with 437 runs at an average of 23. 154 first class games with 10542 runs at an average of 46.44. 29 first class centuries and 49 fifties.

  • Eshwar on July 12, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    @Rupok Saha - Always somebody cares. Though your comment was useless, I did. On another note, haven't seen Chopra bat much - but his articles suggest a good insight to the game and I respect him for that.

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    He wants material for his next book. That can be another reason why he is switching to another minnow team. Another out of the blue.

  • Satish on July 12, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    As he states, challenging.. He can be a good motivator and a good man to rely on for any team.. I walways wished he gets picked in place of Dravid.. Yes he can play maximum 2 years.. But he can atleast stay on for 2 years right.. Can we say the same about the replacement? NO.. All the best Akash and best of luck HP..

  • Abhishek on July 12, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Nearing 35, it is a brave decision to leave a team he helped become champion and join a minnow team. Hope it helps the Himachal team and leads to new challenges for Chopra

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    he is useless anyway, who cares :D

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    he wants to win the ranji trophy for himachal pradesh

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Why is he leaving Rajasthan?

  • No featured comments at the moment.