'How Did You Get In KKR Squad': Aakash Chopra Involved In Exchange With Fans Over His Poor IPL Record

‘How Did You Get In KKR Squad’: Aakash Chopra Involved In Exchange With Fans Over His Poor IPL Record

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Credits: Twitter)

Former India Test opener Aakash Chopra was involved in an interesting exchange of tweets with his followers regarding his T20 career. While the former cricketer-turned-commentator is one of the most decorated batsmen in Indian domestic cricket cricket and also represented the national team in Tests, his T20 record particularly in IPL is indeed disappointing.

He had plied his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders in the first two seasons of the IPL. In the inaugural season of the tournament, he had played five games and had managed to score just 42 runs at a strike-rate of just over 80 and an average of less than 9.

In the following season which was held in South Africa, he managed to play just two games before being sent back to India along with Sanjay Bangar as KKR team-management had stated that the two didn’t fit in the “scheme of things”. Aakash Chopra was later signed up by Rajasthan Royals in 2011 but he did not play any IPL game after the 2009 season.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Credits – Twitter)

Coming to his Twitter exchange, it all began when an user made a meme on his poor IPL record. The meme did make the former cricketer laugh but he was also quick to point out that he represented India in Tests, writing:

“it’s funny for sure. But If this was indeed the case, I can’t thank my folks enough to push me to play cricket first…fortunate to be in a list of just 296 players who’ve got the chance to represent India in Tests.”

This is when another user took a sly dig at him by writing: “Sir how did you get in the squad? I also want to play for KKR.”

In reply, Aakash Chopra reminded the user of his stunning List A record that season that earned him his maiden IPL contract, tweeting:

“That’s a good one. Lemme go back in time—since there were no domestic T20 at that time, teams went with List-A records, I think. I averaged 346 that year in List-A for Delhi. If my memory is serving me right…3 unbeaten centuries in 4 or 5 games Good luck with ur selection Raising hands”

Aakash Chopra concluded the exchange by replying to another query regarding whether he tweaked his technique for T20s.

“I tried man. But it didn’t work out. Mentally or technically. But glad I tried….or I wouldn’t have known that I wasn’t cut out for the shortest format of cricket….along with many other things in life,” he wrote.

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