Full name Aakash Chopra
Born September 19, 1977, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Current age 39 years 188 days
Major teams India, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Kolkata Knight Riders, Marylebone Cricket Club, Rajasthan, Rajasthan Royals
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||India v New Zealand at Ahmedabad, Oct 8-12, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Australia at Nagpur, Oct 26-29, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Jammu & Kashmir v Himachal Pradesh at Jammu, Dec 22-25, 2012 scorecard|
|List A debut||1996/97|
|Last List A||Himachal Pradesh v Punjab at Dharamsala, Feb 21, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Kolkata, May 8, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Himachal Pradesh v Punjab at Gurgaon, Mar 22, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|3/34, 1||Asia XI||v World XI||Doha||6 Oct 2014||Other T20|
|17||H. Pradesh||v Punjab||Gurgaon||22 Mar 2013||T20|
|0||H. Pradesh||v J + K||Gurgaon||21 Mar 2013||T20|
|8||H. Pradesh||v Delhi||Rohtak||19 Mar 2013||T20|
|-||H. Pradesh||v Haryana||Rohtak||18 Mar 2013||T20|
|0||H. Pradesh||v Services||Rohtak||17 Mar 2013||T20|
|0||H. Pradesh||v Punjab||Dharamsala||21 Feb 2013||LA|
|72||H. Pradesh||v J + K||Nadaun||19 Feb 2013||LA|
|-||H. Pradesh||v Haryana||Nadaun||15 Feb 2013||LA|
|10||H. Pradesh||v Services||Nadaun||13 Feb 2013||LA|
An opener in the classical mould, Aakash Chopra has a technique and temperament perfectly suited to occupation of the crease and seeing the shine off the leather. Those attributes came handy for him, and for India, just when they were hunting desperately for a pair of good openers. After a right-knee injury had laid him low at the end of 2002-03, Chopra started the new season with a sound batting display in the two-Test series at home against New Zealand. That earned him a ticket to Australia, where he enhanced his reputation further by providing solid starts in partnership with Virender Sehwag, his Delhi team-mate.
Although he failed to cross the 50-mark in the four Tests against Australia, he showed enough patience to spend valuable time in the middle, see off the new ball and build a solid platform from which the strong middle order could elevate India to greater heights. He also proved to be an outstanding close-in fielder, invoking comparisons with the legendary Eknath Solkar.
Unfortunately, the advent of Yuvraj Singh as a match-turning batsman on the tour of Pakistan in 2004 meant that Chopra was relegated to the status of squad player. He was dropped from the team after an unimpressive performance in the home series against Australia in 2004. Three years since, he was picked to open for India A in the unofficial Tests against South Africa. In the only completed match against South Africa A, he scored an unbeaten double century. The 2007-8 season continued to be prosperous for Chopra: 783 runs in Delhi's title-winning Ranji Trophy campaign; 332 runs at a whopping 332.00, with three hundreds at a strike-rate above 100, in the one-day version; 310 runs in the Duleep Trophy, helping North to victory. Chopra was then signed on by the Kolkata Knight Riders, of the lucrative Indian Premier League.
Nagraj Gollapudi March 2008
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history