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Aakash Chopra
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Aakash Chopra

India|Batter
Aakash Chopra

INTL CAREER: 2003 - 2004

Full Name

Aakash Chopra

Born

September 19, 1977, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Age

43y 237d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium, Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Batter

TEAMS

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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test101904376023.00126334.6002490150
FC1622662710839301*45.3529531890
List A656172415130*44.72717290
T202119133472*18.5536691.250128140
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test10------------
FC16254632062/553.333.5191.0000
List A65845811/171/1758.004.1484.00000
T2021------------
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Recent Matches - Player

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

Photos


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