Indian cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra recently got himself engaged in a Twitter banter about his T20 career. Chopra has an exceptional domestic record. However, his numbers in T20 cricket is poor.
Chopra feature in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team for the first two seasons. He scored only 53 runs at an average of 8.83 in only 7 games. He had an abysmal strike rate of 74.64 with his best score of 24.
In the IPL 2009, which happened in South Africa, KKR sent him back to India along with Sanjay Bangar. The team management felt that both of them did not fit the ‘scheme of things’.
Aakash Chopra has a brilliant response to the meme about him.
Aakash Chopra’s Twitter banter started with a meme mentioning his poor batting record in the Indian Premier League. This meme was funny for Chopra but he said that he feels lucky to be among the players who have represented India in the longest format of the game.
“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,” responded Chopra to the meme.
Another user tried to take a sly dig at Aakash Chopra and asked him how did he get selected in the Kolkata Knight Riders squad. “Sir how did you get in the squad? I also want to play for KKR,” was his question. However, this time Chopra did give him a fitting reply. He stressed on his impressive List A record which earned him an IPL contract.
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“That’s a good one. Lemme go back in time—since there was 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,” he wrote.
Aakash Chopra also answered one more question. A follower asked him if he did adjust his technique for the T20 format.
“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,” responded Aakash Chopra.