Patience, solid technique, stylish stroke play with perfect temperament, Aakash Chopra has all the attributes of an opener. Hailing from the state of Uttar Pradesh, he made his-first class debut for Delhi in the 1996-97 season. He finished the season with 422 runs at 70.33 including two centuries. He was rewarded with a place in the Duleep Trophy in his very first year.Fast Facts
Chopra made his international debut in the 2003 Test series against New Zealand. He was then a part of the touring Indians to Australia where he formed solid partnerships with Delhi-mate and opener, Virender Sehwag. Although he did not achieve great success, his patience came in handy for him and the team as he laid the foundation of a strong middle-order that India to great heights. He was an athletic fielder, often compared to the legendary Eknath Solkar. Despite his considerable Test performance, he was never a part of the ODI team due to a low scoring rate. Consequently, he was dropped from the team in 2004, but continued to be a prolific run-scorer on the domestic front, especially in the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy, which was won by Delhi.
Chopra was signed by the Kolkata in 2008 for the first two seasons of the IPL. In 2011, he was picked by the Rajasthan on the basis of his brilliant run in the Ranji Plate Division for Rajasthan.
- In 2009, Aakash Chopra released "Beyond the Blues: A first-class season like no other", a book on Chopra’s 2007-08 domestic season.
- After serving his home state for a long time, Chopra played for Rajasthan as a guest player in the Ranji Plate division and helped the team become the first plate division to reach the finals.
- India Vs New Zealand at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera - Ahmedabad - Oct 08, 2003
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- India Vs Australia at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur - Oct 26, 2004
- Kolkata Vs Bangalore at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - May 08, 2008
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- Kolkata Vs Punjab at Kingsmead, Durban - Apr 21, 2009