Aakash Chopra announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has formally announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Chopra, who last played a Test in 2004, said that he was “satisfied and happy” with how his career panned out.
“I have always been very proud of my fielding, but I dropped a couple of catches in the slips in what turned out to be my last first-class game. I was the captain of the side and had to take myself off, from that position. That’s when I felt it’s not right, perhaps the time has come. If I am not able to take catches in slips, then perhaps I am a bit of a liability.
“I should have achieved more, that is the feeling that will always linger. At the same time, I don’t think I was supremely talented. Some of my peers were far more talented and I was the fortunate one who ended up playing for the country. I would always remain the 245th player to represent India in Test match cricket.”
Chopra, who put on valuable partnerships along with Virender Sehwag during India’s tour to Down Under in 2003-04, said that his role was to see off the new ball and stay steady at one end.
“I played a certain brand of cricket – low risk, high percentage. When that same role was assigned to me at the highest level, I embraced it. When you play for India, you obviously want to do what the team wants. I got typecast and for a while I started believing that’s the only way I can play. That enjoyment got lost a little bit when that role was assigned to me,” he added.
Chopra played a total of 10 Tests for India and scored 437 runs with two half-centuries. His first-class record, where he scored 10,839 runs in 162 matches at an average of 45.35 with 29 hundreds speaks for itself. He played his last first-class match in 2012 for Himachal Pradesh against Punjab at Dharamsala.
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