Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra About this soundpronunciation  (born 19 September 1977) is an Indian cricket commentator and former cricketer who played for the Indian cricket team from late 2003 to late 2004.

Aakash Chopra
Personal information
Born (1977-09-19) 19 September 1977 (age 43)
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
BowlingRight-arm medium
Right-arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 245)8 October 2003 v New Zealand
Last Test26 October 2004 v Australia
Domestic team information
2008-09Kolkata Knight Riders
2011Rajasthan Royals
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA IPL
Matches 10 162 65 21
Runs scored 437 10,839 2,415 334
Batting average 23.00 45.35 44.72 21.10
100s/50s 0/2 29/53 7/17 0/1
Top score 60 301* 130* 50*
Balls bowled 546 84
Wickets 6 1
Bowling average 53.33 58.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/5 1/17
Catches/stumpings 15/– 189/– 29/– 4/–
Source: Cricinfo, 1 July 2020

Early yearsEdit

As an opening batsman, Chopra started his cricketing career with the Sonnet Cricket Club in Delhi.



Chopra made his Test debut in Ahmedabad against New Zealand in late 2003 as India sought to find an opening partner for his Delhi teammate Virender Sehwag.[1] Chopra's international career started well, scoring two half-centuries against New Zealand during 2003/04 in the second Test in Mohali. On the 2003–04 tour to Australia, he featured in many solid partnerships with Virender Sehwag, including two century opening partnerships in Melbourne and Sydney. Chopra's work in seeing off the new ball saw him credited with the large scores that India accumulated in that series when middle-order batsmen Rahul Dravid, V. V. S. Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly regularly compiled large centuries.[1]

On the subsequent tour to Pakistan, he compiled 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. However, in the second Test, the Indian batsmen failed in a losing effort, apart from a century from Yuvraj Singh, who played in place of the injured captain Sourav Ganguly.[2] When Ganguly returned for the final Test, Chopra was axed and Yuvraj was retained.

Chopra was reintroduced as Sehwag's partner in the 2004 Border-Gavaskar Trophy after Tendulkar was injured for the First Test in Bangalore. However, a heavy loss saw Chopra axed for the following match in Chennai upon Tendulkar's return, with Yuvraj elevated to opening the innings. Yuvraj also struggled, and Chopra was recalled for the Third Test in Nagpur. However, a double failure by Chopra, as Australia won a series in India for the first time in 35 years, saw him dropped for the last time, after his career average gradually decreased, however, from 46.25 to only 23. Chopra was replaced by Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir, and was overtaken by Gambhir and Wasim Jaffer in the race to partner Sehwag in the Test side. Due to his low scoring rate, he was not considered for One Day Internationals.


He played for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 1, IPL 2, but was sent back to India as he was deemed unfit for T-20 matches played in IPL 2.

In IPL 4 he had been signed by Rajasthan Royal.s.


In September 2008, Aakash played for Delhi in the Nissar Trophy against SNGPL (winners of Quaid-i-Azam Trophy from Pakistan) and scored 4 and 197 for Delhi.[3] The match was drawn but SNGPL won the trophy on first-innings lead.[4] After representing Delhi for a long time, Chopra joined Rajasthan as a guest player in Ranji Plate division.[5] He helped Rajasthan to become the first Plate division team to win the Ranji Trophy followed by another Ranji trophy win in 2010–2011 season. He has won three Ranji titles in total—one with Delhi and two with Rajasthan. He's one of the few Indian cricketers who have scored over 8,000 First-Class runs.


His columns regularly appear in Mid-Day and on Cricinfo. He is currently with Star Sports, Sony and Sony Espn as a cricket commentator and analyst. He was also a commentator for the 7 network with its coverage of the 2018/19 Australia v India test series.

In 2009 Chopra released Beyond the Blues: A First-Class Season Like No Other, a diary of Chopra's 2007–08 domestic season. It was published by Harper Collins. It was critically acclaimed and Suresh Menon of Cricinfo wrote that it was "the best book written by an Indian Test cricketer".[6] In November 2011, his second book was published by Harper Collins titled Out of the Blue, about Rajasthan's victory in the Ranji Trophy. He went on to write two more books—The Insider with Espn Cricinfo in 2015 and Numbers Do Lie with Impact Index in 2017. Harper Collins has published all his work thus far.

In May 2020, Aakash Chopra signed as a commentator with popular mobile cricket game World Cricket Championship to lend his voice for the upcoming WCC3 game.[7][8] Aakash Chopra was the first commentator to sign as commentator with a digital game platform.



  1. ^ a b "Aakash Chopra". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 15 February 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2007.
  2. ^ Vasu, Anand (8 April 2004). "Yuvraj or Chopra? India's selectorial dilemma". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Chopra and Kohli stretch lead to 384".
  4. ^ "Mohammad Nissar Trophy at Delhi, Sep 15–18 2008".
  5. ^ Aakash Chopra to represent Rajasthan Archived 4 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Cricinfo review of Beyond the Blues
  7. ^ Bureau, BW Online. "Commentator Aakash Chopra Joined World Cricket Championship". BW Disrupt. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  8. ^ Miller, George (27 April 2020). "Aakash Chopra joins online cricket with the world's No.1 cricket game, World Cricket Championship". European Gaming Industry News. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  9. ^ "With IPL suspended due to Pandemic, Aakash Chopra to commentate on digital matches". Hindustan Times. 28 April 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.

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