Former India opener Aakash Chopra recently recalled the famous Sydney Test between India and Australia in 2004 and trolled himself. The classic match had ended in a thrilling draw as Australia survived a major scare. The historic four-match series had ended 1-1 after that drawn game in Sydney.
The game will be always remembered for Sachin Tendulkar’s iconic knock of 241* as India posted a mammoth total of 705 for 7. Another notable contribution from the legendary Anil Kumble who picked up 8 wickets in the first innings to help India bowl Australia out for 474.
In the second innings, India scored 211 for 2 before declaring. Chasing an improbable target of 442, Australia finished their innings on 357 for 6 as the game ended in a draw. And while most of the fans remember the game for Tendulkar’s knock or India’s stunning performance, Aakash Chopra remembers the game for another reason.
The former cricketer-turned-commentator recently came across a video of his dismissal in the first innings of that Test. Aakash Chopra was clean bowled by a stunning yorker from the legendary Brett Lee for 45. It was a 147.5 kmph yorker from the former speedster and Aakash Chopra had no answer to it.
“I’ve seen this a thousand times…played it in my head same number of times too. Unfortunately, for the exact same result. @BrettLee_58, why waste such a good delivery on me?? Should’ve saved it for @sachin_rt….I got out, he walked in and we know what happened next. 241*”
I’ve seen this a thousand times…played it in my head same number of times too. Unfortunately, for the exact same result. ?? @BrettLee_58, why waste such a good delivery on me?? Should’ve saved it for @sachin_rt….I got out, he walked in and we know what happened next. 241*? https://t.co/h3taE4zBpO
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 2, 2020
Aakash Chopra, meanwhile, played 10 Test matches during the 2003-04 season. In his Test career, he scored 437 runs at an average of 23. The former Delhi Ranji team captain scored both his half-centuries against New Zealand at Mohali. However, he had a stunning career in domestic cricket, having scored 10,839 runs from 162 first-class matches with 29 centuries and a highest score of 301.