"We Won During 2018-19 Australia Tour And I Enjoyed It A Lot" - Aakash Chopra Opens Up On Only Time He Shed 'Neutral' Stance As Broadcaster
India celebrate with the trophy after a 2-1 series win in Australia (Image Credit: Getty)

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra revealed on Independence Day that he savored India’s victory down under during the 2018-19 tour after everybody rooted against Virat Kohli and co.

Chopra was in Australia as a broadcaster and as an obligation, he is asked to remain neutral. However, things turned sour during the tour and the media was over the Indian team like a rash. Chopra couldn’t help but start supporting his country and he enjoyed it when India won the series 2-1.

As a broadcaster, all of us are asked to be neutral, that it is not us and them, it is always India versus Australia or India versus England. You should never say that it is a fight between us and them. But it happened once when I hugged the flag. I realized that our Indian team was 16 against the entire country.”

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 07: The Indian Cricket Team celebrates winning the Border-Gavaskar trophy during day five of the fourth Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 07, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

I was in Australia and for the first time I realized that the guys in front of you are getting together against you, they are making a mountain out of a molehill – all former cricketers, media, everybody is getting together and going against Team India,” Chopra said.

It was the 2018-19 tour, I was the only Indian broadcaster there and I said ‘let me leave the neutral stand and let’s wave the Indian flag.’ We won there and I enjoyed it a lot that I was just going all out,” he added.

“I was a cheerleader for the first time in my life as a broadcaster” – Aakash Chopra

Kohli’s men set out to do what no other Indian team had done before – win a Test series on Australian soil. The moment it became a reality, Aakash Chopra was thrilled to bits.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Virat Kohli of India holds aloft the Border–Gavaskar Trophy during day five of the Fourth Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 07, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 07: Virat Kohli holds aloft the Border-Gavaskar Trophy during day five of the Fourth Test match in the series at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 07, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

I was a cheerleader for the first time in my life as a broadcaster. I couldn’t stand that, if they are 16, I also wanted to become the 17th, I wanted to be a part of that group and that’s what it means. Playing for India is absolutely everything,” Chopra mentioned.

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