Matches (17)
T20 World Cup (4)
IND v SA [W] (1)
County DIV1 (5)
County DIV2 (4)
CE Cup (3)

Full Name

Aakash Chopra


September 19, 1977, Agra, Uttar Pradesh


46y 278d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium, Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role


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

Aakash Chopra Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A656172415130*44.72--717--290


List A65-845811/171/1758.004.1484.0000
Aakash Chopra portrait

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Recent Matches of Aakash Chopra

Asia XI vs World XI13/3406-Oct-2014DohaOTHERT20
Himachal vs Punjab17--22-Mar-2013GurgaonT20
Himachal vs J + K0--21-Mar-2013GurgaonT20
Himachal vs Delhi8--19-Mar-2013RohtakT20
Himachal vs Haryana----18-Mar-2013RohtakT20

Photos of Aakash Chopra

Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane unveil Aakash Chopra's book, The Insider
ESPNcricinfo Editor-in-chief Sambit Bal chats with Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra's The Insider, ESPNcricinfo and HarperCollins' latest publication
Vineet Saxena and Aakash Chopra during their 236-run stand
Aakash Chopra cracks one through the off side
Aakash Chopra was struck on the face while attempting a pull