Aakash Chopra is a former Indian cricketer who played as a right handed batsman, born on 19 September, 1977. He fails from the town of Agra in Uttar Pradesh.
Aakash Chopra started his cricket journey by playing as an opening batsman for the Sonnet Cricket Club located in Delhi.He played for the India School Boys during their trip to the West Indies in 1995.
Chopra also represented Delhi at Under-16 and Under-19 levels and was picked to represent the North Zone.
Chopra made his Test debut on the 8th of October 2003, against England in Ahmedabad. His first match was impressive as he scored 42 in his first innings and 31 in his second.
His form became even better as he scored two half centuries in the second test which was held at Mohali. The start to his test career was marked by excellent form which extended beyond this series.
Rise to Glory
Following the series played against New Zealand in 2003-04, India were to play Australia later that year. Chopra featured in several strong first wicket partnerships alongside Virender Sehwag. They had two century opening partnerships in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.
On the next tour to Pakistan, he scored another century stand with Virender Sehwag as India posted more than 600 runs in the first innings to set up a heavy innings defeat of arch-rivals Pakistan in the first Test in Multan.
With Yuvraj Singh started gaining a reputation of being a match turning batsman (and all rounder) for his performances, Chopra started losing his place in the team. He was selected for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2004. However, his performance was disappointing and he ended the series with a failure.
Aakash’s form started deteriorating after that tournament and he was soon replaced by Gautam Gambhir, his teammate from Delhi, in the opening position. Owing to his low scoring rate, he was not selected for any of the ODI match.
Aakash Chopra was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first two seasons of the Indian Premier League. However he was deemed unfit to play the quick Twenty20 game.
He was signed by the Rajasthan Royals in the fourth season of the IPL. His spell in the IPL was disappointing as he scored on 53 runs in 6 innings with an average of 8.83 and a strike rate of 74.65.
After playing no match for about two years, Chopra announced his retirement from all forms of the game in 2015. He has 10 Tests to his name for the Indian team and has scored 437 runs, with the highest score of 60.
Chopra then took up commentary with the BCCI and is seen commentating in various international matches. He his famous for his notorious Hindi commentary during the games.
He writes columns for Mid-Day and Cricinfo. He presently has contracts with Star Sports, Sony and Sony ESPN. He has written four books after his retirement from cricket, all published by Harper Collins.