Akash Chopra

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Akash Chopra said : “Both of them should be played in my opinion. The opposition team is New Zealand and not an Asian team that plays spin better. Just bite the bullet is what I say, play five bowlers including Jaddu and Ashwin. Both can do well in English conditions also” External link

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Akash Chopra said : "Both of them should be played in my opinion. The opposition team is New Zealand and not an Asian team that plays spin better. Just bite the bullet is what I say, play five bowlers including Jaddu and Ashwin. Both can do well in English conditions also," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, June 7, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra stated : "Both of them should be played in my opinion. The opposition team is New Zealand and not an Asian team that plays spin better. Just bite the bullet is what I say, play five bowlers including Jaddu and Ashwin. Both can do well in English conditions also," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, June 7, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about William Hussey ) : "It is a very interesting question. On the face of it, you want to win the WTC final. It is a big ICC event and you want to lift the trophy. Since it is happening for the first time, you will want to win this match and become the best team in the world. But I am ready to have the bitter taste in my mouth in the WTC final, no issues," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "Our team is good, if you lose one match, the team does not become bad. It is the No.1 team, they were No.1 in the points table and No.1 for the last five years as well," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "So if given a choice between this [WTC Final] and the England series, I will win the England series. It is a five-match series. It has been a long time, the last time we won was in 2007 under Dravid's captaincy but have not been able to conquer that frontier since then," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about William Hussey ) : "The 20-over World Cup is going to have twenty teams now. ICC was probably feeling the pressure of domestic T20 leagues and because of that, the T20 World Cup is going to have 55 matches. It is as big as an IPL," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:06:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "The 20 teams have been divided into four groups of five each. Each team will play against the other teams in the group. So, you have 40 matches here itself. The eight qualifying teams are again divided into two groups and then the semi-finals and the final," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:06:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "So, they are trying to give a fantastic T20 league every two years. But it is not a league, but a tournament which will be played by countries and not the franchises," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:06:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : "So, overall you will have 55 matches. This is going to be a lot - 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030. Whoever bids for the broadcast rights, will get four T20 World Cups," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:06:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Earlier there were only question marks over the availability of Australian and English cricketers. Now Bangladesh has also said that only two of their players play, but both of them will not be given the NOC. A couple of franchises are going to get hurt very very badly" External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "Shakib Al Hasan for all practical purposes is out. He will not be a part of the second half of the IPL. It is being heard that the other player, Mustafizur Rahman, will also not be allowed for the remaining IPL matches," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra asked : "If Shakib doesn't come, it will be a huge loss for Kolkata. Firstly, Pat Cummins has gone. For all practical purposes Eoin Morgan will also not be there and now Shakib Al Hasan, so quite a few of your main players are not there. So how will it work?" External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “KKR already have Lockie Ferguson. And in my opinion, if you have to pick one of them just as a T20 bowler, I will pick Lockie Ferguson ahead of him (Cummins). If Lockie is available and plays, it is absolutely fine. I don’t think they are going to miss Pat Cummins the bowler,” “His (Cummins’) performance has not been great as a bowler. If we talk about last year, he took just 12 wickets in 14 matches, and that was in the UAE, where the remaining matches will be played. The economy was okay, less than eight. This year also, he took only nine wickets in seven matches, and he was more expensive as well, almost nine runs per over,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 31, 2021 3:48:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “It could be Mark Wood. He is up there in my mind. He bowls very well; last time he had made himself unavailable, but if this time he makes himself available, then Mark Wood will be my option for the Kolkata Knight Riders,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 31, 2021 3:48:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Rahul Dravid ) : “I definitely agree, who will not agree with Rahul bhai. There is weight in what he has said, whenever India goes out these days, it is their best chance. To be fair, the chances had become less in Australia because of so many injuries but we won there as well. If you can win there with half a team, hardly eleven players who could be fielded, then to defeat England in England, I think this is a great opportunity,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 30, 2021 6:07:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “There is strength in the batting, the fast bowling is good and the spinners are doing well. I think if we can bat well, we will be fine. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara - the Indian batting will be dependent on these four pillars,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 30, 2021 6:07:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "If the final match is a draw, both the teams will be declared as the joint winners. I do understand that you do not want a tie-breaker but if it is a two-year-long tournament and still you cannot call a team the champion, it just does not sound right, personally it leaves a sour taste in the mouth," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:53:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Very seldom Test matches end in a draw nowadays and if there is a tinge of green on the wicket then it might also end in three and a half days but then again you could have a scenario where 450 overs are not enough. These are two very strong teams,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:53:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Chennai Super Kings will have MS Dhoni at the first number of course and they will do that as well. But if you ask Dhoni, he might himself say why they are retaining him because he may not be there for three years and why they want to block so much money on him. But then, that's how it is going to be. CSK and MS Dhoni are pretty much one and the same thing," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:14:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "If there is a new rule that there are no retentions, CSK will say they are absolutely fine, and that they will start from scratch because they don't have players to block 15-17 crores," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:14:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Don’t rule India out but it is 55-45 in favour of New Zealand. Although they are No.2 in the Test rankings and play well at home when we talk about Southampton, they can play slightly better than us in these conditions in the first half of the English summer,” External link

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Akash Chopra added : “They [New Zealand] would have already played two Tests there. So, there is a slight difference. The heart is Indian and will say that we will defeat them but we are not able to go to New Zealand and defeat them,” External link

india Monday, May 24, 2021 7:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "The chances of their progressing would have been better if AB de Villiers was there but if he is not there, it is impossible to get a player of his quality. The team still has good players but is it a team that can win the World Cup, I personally don't think so," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 23, 2021 11:46:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “It was as if he was an Indian,” External link

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Akash Chopra said : "If we see Indian cricket's immediate span, Dhoni, Kohli, and Rohit are the three players who cause a roar when they enter the ground. I saw a similar standing ovation given to AB de Villiers before the match. It was as if he was an Indian," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 21, 2021 5:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about De Villiers ) : "The kind of love and affection, and the admiration he has generated in Indian hearts. There are a few moments that get etched in your mind, which remain with you forever. This was such a moment which happened to me with regards to AB de Villiers during an India-South Africa match in Dharamsala," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 21, 2021 5:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "But his T20I numbers, he has played 75 matches which are quite a few, but only 1672 runs in that at an average of 26 and a strike rate of 135. He did not hit a century and ten half-centuries. But if you see T20s, there is a difference of chalk and cheese between his T20I and T20 numbers. He is a runaway match-winner in T20s, he was the same player in Tests and ODIs but for whatever reason his performances for South Africa in T20Is were not that good," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 21, 2021 5:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “The biggest loss will be for Sunrisers Hyderabad as David Warner will not be available if the IPL happens after World T20. Steve Smith will not be available but it might not be that big a loss for the Delhi Capitals because Shreyas Iyer will be back there and then they can play Nortje to have a better balance,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Avesh Khan has been a revelation. He has stood up and gotten counted again and again. He showed that he cannot be taken lightly. Right from the first match, you will see that Avesh Khan performed consistently well. Whether it was the new ball or the old one, whether it was the middle overs or the death overs, he has been very, very good,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:03:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “He took the huge wickets. He dismissed Faf du Plessis, Dhoni and Kohli. He consistently and regularly felled the best player in the opposition line-up. So, he was a huge contributor in Delhi Capitals’ success,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:03:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “If he [Prithvi Shaw] continues batting like this, I feel, he will have to be considered for the World T20. You just cannot ignore him now because of the kind of form he has shown, the kind of runs he has put, and the fashion in which he has scored those runs,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 18, 2021 5:38:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Cameron Bancroft ) : “Actually, I am with Cameron Bancroft. He has not said it, it is ‘self-explanatory’ that everyone knew it. At least, the bowlers definitely knew for sure that when the ball came in the hand, it has been scratched more and the wear and tear are not looking natural,” “The fact is I refuse to believe that the rest of the players of the Australian team, especially the bowlers, it is possible an odd fringe player who is a batsman might not have known that sandpaper was being used, but if the bowlers don't know that the ball is being tampered with and the condition is being changed, it means you are not telling the truth,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 17, 2021 2:15:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "The big change that has been seen happening - in 2019 they were getting hit a lot in the death overs, in 2020 that graph started going lower and in 2021 it went further down. That means while you were conceding 12-13 runs per over till 2019, now you have gone under 10, that too when Harshal Patel bowled two very expensive overs. That means you are doing a lot of things right. He further went on to credit Harshal Patel as the reason behind RCB's improvement in the death overs. " External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 17, 2021 6:27:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I feel RCB did not utilize Washington Sundar properly as a bowler. You can get him to bowl more but you are not doing that," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 8:27:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra observed : "Yuzvendra Chahal's form was a concern. He took just a couple of wickets in the season till now. If he is not taking wickets and you are giving him less bowling, that's not going to work for RCB in the long run," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 8:27:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "AB de Villiers is a genius. It is because all of us were saying that he should be batted up the order because the more deliveries you give him, the more impact he will have. But RCB was sending him at No.5. If you are sending him at No.5, how will the team and he do well? But AB de Villiers said it does not matter to him whether you play him at No.5 or in Mars, he will be absolutely fine," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 8:27:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "AB de Villiers is a genius. It is because all of us were saying that he should be batted up the order because the more deliveries you give him, the more impact he will have. But RCB was sending him at No.5. If you are sending him at No.5, how will the team and he do well? But AB de Villiers said it does not matter to him whether you play him at No.5 or in Mars, he will be absolutely fine," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra pointed out : "The knock he played against KKR was an absolute belter of an innings. He hit a flurry of fours and sixes while no one was able to score runs on that ground in the last four overs. But it was the class of AB de Villiers, who delivered once again," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "One thing I liked a lot was MS Dhoni's captaincy. We could see a change in his captaincy from last year to this year. Last year we saw Dhoni, he had only five bowlers at the start and he made changes quickly," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "Ruturaj didn't score runs and he was dropped. Narayan Jagadeesan was dropped, players were getting dropped very quickly. But this time in seven encounters, seven Indians played continuously. He did not change a single Indian player," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "There was a vast difference between IPL 2020 and IPL 2021. CSK played like a Dad's Army in 2020 and everyone got the superpowers as soon as 2021 came. The kings had become the Super Kings. Such a transformation can happen in six months, I and a lot of my friends had not thought so. But this team showed that," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "The first thing that has changed for CSK is their six-hitting ability. If we talk about 2020, it is not that they played only in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, they played in Sharjah as well but were not hitting the sixes," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "When the first encounters were in the small Wankhede ground and after that they went to Delhi, it was in our mind that Chennai will be stuck because who will hit the sixes. I thought this team will not qualify because of this reason," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Rajasthan Royals will be the most concerned. They have Buttler, Stokes and Archer. Stokes and Archer had gone because of injuries but when it happens later, they will become fit but will not be available,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 14, 2021 3:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “The second team who will be at a loss is CSK. If white-ball cricket is happening at the time, Moeen Ali and Sam Curran will not be available. Moeen Ali was being played at No.3 and bowling a little bit. You get Sam Curran to bowl with the new ball and at the death and promote him in the batting order at times,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 14, 2021 3:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “Shikhar Dhawan is continuously upgrading his software for the past two years and his batting has been brilliant,” External link

news18 Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra explained : “Hardik Pandya will be the vice-captain of this team. Then Krunal Pandya – he did well against England,” External link

news18 Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “Shikhar Dhawan the captain because we have seen in the last two years that he is upgrading his software and batting with great responsibility. Along with him, I am picking Prithvi Shaw. The form we have seen from him, I feel he should be the front-runner in this race,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:11:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Navdeep Saini has also been kept in cold storage. Neither India is playing him nor RCB. But I will keep him in my team because he was part of the team when India went to Australia and played a Test match also,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:11:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : "I have kept KL Rahul first. He played three big knocks, which includes two nineties and a 60-odd. All three of them came in a winning cause, so whenever he scored runs his team won. He played at a good strike rate as well. Along with him is Shikhar Dhawan and he has the Orange Cap on his head. The maturity with which he has started playing, this is the upgraded version of Shikhar Dhawan which we have seen from the last IPL," "I have kept Faf at No.3. He opened for his team but I have kept him at No.3. He has been consistent and played in a destructive fashion. CSK's revival wouldn't have happened without him," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 11, 2021 2:35:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “I have kept KL Rahul first. He played three big knocks, which includes two nineties and a 60-odd. All three of them came in a winning cause, so whenever he scored runs his team won. He played at a good strike rate as well. Along with him is Shikhar Dhawan and he has the Orange Cap on his head. The maturity with which he has started playing, this is the upgraded version of Shikhar Dhawan which we have seen from the last IPL,” External link

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Akash Chopra added ( about Glenn Maxwell ) : “I have kept Faf at No.3. He opened for his team but I have kept him at No.3. He has been consistent and played in a destructive fashion. CSK’s revival wouldn’t have happened without him. At No.4, I have kept Glenn Maxwell. He scored the difficult runs. His performance in the first five matches was outstanding. I have kept AB de Villiers at No.5. His innings in Ahmedabad was fantastic and the knock against KKR in Chennai was one of the finest you would see in the IPL. At No.6, I have kept Pant. I know it is too low down the order but you can promote him if a left-hander is required to be sent. I will get him to keep and not AB,” External link

india Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I have picked Faf du Plessis first. He has batted amazingly well, scored runs consistently and at a good pace. I think with him will be Jos Buttler. His real form was seen in the 124-run knock against SRH. He was a little hot and cold before that but it was not that he was getting out for five runs. I have kept Moeen Ali at No.3. He made good contributions when he was sent to bat at No.3. At No.4, I have got Glenn Maxwell. RCB started to play him at No.4. We thought he will get stuck on the Chennai pitch but he batted well," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 9, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Andre Roussel ) : "At No.7, I have got Andre Russell. One day when they were 31/5, he demolished the attack. He took wickets as well and even took five wickets in an innings against Mumbai," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 9, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “One thing is certain that if he is not there in the WTC final, it’s fine but if Pandya name is not there even for the five Tests against England, it’s clear that Hardik Pandya may not be seen in Test cricket for a long while,” External link

india Sunday, May 9, 2021 9:21:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “There is an issue with his bowling. The captain also said sometime back that they are managing his workload, so that we can keep him safe for Test cricket,” “The next day itself Hardik had given a statement that he does not want to play Test cricket at the moment because the situation of his back is very bad and he doesn’t want to bowl. So, this is a statement on Hardik Pandya’s immediate Test career that he will not be considered now, which is completely understandable if he is not bowling” External link

india Sunday, May 9, 2021 9:21:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "One thing is certain that if he is not there in the WTC final, it's fine but if his name is not there even for the five Tests against England, it's clear that Hardik Pandya may not be seen in Test cricket for a long while," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 9, 2021 6:27:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "If I was Prithvi Shaw, I would be slightly surprised and disappointed. I'd actually be thinking you haven't given me so many opportunities. Since Adelaide Test when I got out for 0 and 2, I have not played a single Test," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 8, 2021 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : "I was reading Sourav Ganguly's interview and the first thing that is coming to mind is air travel. Air travel has been an issue. In the UAE, you were traveling by road. Air travel is a tricky bit, you asked for tarmac to tarmac access but you didn't get it everywhere," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "Secondly in the UAE, the numbers were stacked in favor of the IPL. Here the numbers were stacked against the IPL. As the IPL was progressing the numbers were going through the roof. In the end, it is a game of odds, if the positivity has gone so high, it is easy to seep in," "Practice grounds, that's another issue. If you are going to multiple grounds for practice and the groundsmen there are not in a quarantine, which is difficult to do everywhere in India. If you see the ground in Palam or Roshnara, the groundsmen don't stay there and the Delhi numbers were absolutely through the roof" External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Personally, even Kuldeep Yadav’s exclusion is a little harsh. He has not played too much cricket, so to make the formal opinion that he does not make the cut, I feel that he is a little hard done by,” External link

india Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:26:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “He bowled only one Test against England, on a raging turner. Picked up a couple of wickets at the end. Did not play the pink-ball Test. Now he is not playing the entire series. Not just the WTC final, but also the five-match Test series against England. In Covid times, you have the luxury of playing larger squads, so why not Kuldeep Yadav,” External link

india Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:26:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Personally, even Kuldeep Yadav's exclusion is a little harsh. He has not played too much cricket, so to make the formal opinion that he does not make the cut, I feel that he is a little hard done by," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 8, 2021 9:10:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "At No.1 is my favorite bowling performance of the season so far, I have picked Harshal Patel. It came in the first match against Mumbai (5/27). You have a four-over spell and there if you take five wickets, that too while coming at the end. He bowled very good slower ones and perfect yorkers," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra stated : "Second on my list is Harpreet Brar. He took three wickets while giving 19 runs, but who were those three wickets. He conceded 10 runs in his first over and then a boundary off the first ball of his second over. And then you dismiss Kohli, Maxwell and AB de Villiers, which was the icing on the cake," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded ( about Eoin Morgan ) : "At No.6, is the performance of Deepak's brother. It was in the same KKR vs MI match. KKR was not chasing a huge score and there Rahul Chahar took four wickets which included Eoin Morgan and Nitish Rana. Everyone was trying to play shots and getting stuck in his web," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra observed : "At No.3, I have picked Deepak Chahar's 4/13 vs Punjab. First he dismissed Mayank Agarwal, it was an outstanding ball. After that he dismissed Chris Gayle and Hooda in his four wickets. It was game, set and match," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Andre Roussel ) : "At No.5 I have kept Andre Russell who took 5/15 against the Mumbai Indians, that too in two overs. He went round the stumps and kept bowling wide with the angle and dismissed everyone one by one," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "At No.4, I have kept Chris Morris' four-wicket spell against KKR while conceding just 23 runs. Kolkata is a dangerous team and Rajasthan did not have Jofra. So you keep looking towards Morris but will he bowl at the start, middle and then at the end. He did all of that," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "The Mumbai Indians don't need to make changes but are still doing that. They will do something here as well. I feel they might make Jimmy Neesham sit out and bring Nathan Coulter-Nile back," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "They might think about playing Jayant Yadav because if Nathan Coulter-Nile comes back, there is no need of Dhawal Kulkarni and they can play another spinner," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "The Mumbai Indians can think about playing Ishan Kishan at No.4. Krunal Pandya is a fantastic player but if you want to play someone only for batting at No.4, then Ishan Kishan is a better choice in my opinion," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Mohammad Nabi ) : "The sun has set for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Their captain has changed but not their fortunes. They have won just one of their seven encounters. They changed the combination and played Nabi with Rashid," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:45:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "But they didn't make him bowl at all and got very little batting as well because he came too low down. I mean it was as good as playing with three overseas players. Bhuvi was back but the form was missing for the other players," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:45:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Shikhar Dhawan has activated beast mode. What we are seeing from him this year, we have generally not seen that. He tries to hit at the start if Prithvi gets out. If Prithvi is playing, he takes the back seat and allows him to hit,” “As soon as Prithvi gets out, he changes his gear. He allows Steve Smith to play at run-a-ball to let him regain his form. And he stays there for a long while, he tries his best to stay unbeaten till the end which does not happen every time,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 3, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “The Orange Cap is on his head and the way he is playing, I feel no one will be able to snatch it away from him. Earlier mistakes used to happen in between, at times the start was slow but now he is pacing it so well as if he knows the pace of the game like the back of his hand,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 3, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “His innings and his maturity, the way he has been batting, he is just sensational. This is the 2.0 version of Shikhar Dhawan, which started in the last IPL, with both the strike rate and consistency up,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 3, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “You should continue to play Jayant, keep the rest also the same and get Ishan Kishan instead of Krunal. Ishan looked alright in Chennai also, he was not doing that bad. Other than that, I don’t see the scope of any other change in this team,” External link

news18 Saturday, May 1, 2021 5:57:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "The Rajasthan Royals' fortunes will not change with personnel changes. Things can change if the batsmen become more consistent else I see this team struggling a lot," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 24, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Soft signals have been taken away from IPL this year. There was no soft signal here, otherwise, he could have been out for all we know,” External link

news18 Wednesday, April 21, 2021 2:50:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Rohit Sharma ) : "It was (a wonderful performance). He played the first game, got dropped for the next two and now, he’s got another game. Of course, he is a match-winner. He is a proven customer and has taken the wicket (of Rohit Sharma in the past)," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 21, 2021 11:38:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Soft signals have been taken away from IPL this year. There was no soft signal here, otherwise, he could have been out for all we know,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 21, 2021 9:55:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Mayank Aggarwal ) : "When Mayank Agarwal got out, KL Rahul was required to accelerate a little, something he did in the first match. He had missed out on a century, but the acceleration was there. Here also the expectation was that he would hit. He did not do that, and when he looks back, he will regret a little because the finish was not strong," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 19, 2021 12:27:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Chris Gayle ) : "Gayle was also dismissed after that. You wanted to score 60-70 runs in the last five overs. You didn't score those many, and because of that you didn't reach around 220, where you should have probably reached," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 19, 2021 12:27:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Both the teams have a problem that they want to pick two fast bowlers in their four overseas players but will they be able to do that. Punjab wants to play both Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, they have spent that much money for them," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 12, 2021 2:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "So they have KL Rahul, Gayle, Mayank and Pooran as the top four. After that Deepak Hooda, Sarfaraz/Shahrukh or probably Moises Henriques if they are concerned about their batting. Then both the leg-spinners, Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi, and two pacers with Shami. Arshdeep can play if they don't play both the overseas fast bowlers," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 12, 2021 2:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : "So when I see Rajasthan's team, Buttler, Stokes and Samson makes it three, after that Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube and Rahul Tewatia, this is the middle order I am looking at unless they put Livingstone or Miller there. Bowling will have Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Chris Morris and Jaydev Unadkat," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 12, 2021 2:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "The contest to watch out for, I mean the box-office contest which you will pay to watch and is the best vs best and that is Bumrah vs Kohli. Kohli is coming in good form while Bumrah is coming after a break," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 9, 2021 10:42:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded ( about Virat Kohli ) : "Generally Virat does not get out like that, he keeps his ego aside. But against Bumrah he has tried to hit him and got out while playing a bad shot. So, that's the contest I am looking forward to watch," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 9, 2021 10:42:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Virat Kohli ) : "As soon as Kohli comes to bat, the captain Rohit gives Bumrah the ball and he bowls bouncers and has got him out two-three times while playing the pull shot," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 9, 2021 10:42:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "It is a difficult task to pick their ideal XI. It is not the case always but this time it is difficult. Who will open with Warner? I will say to make Saha open because he batted brilliantly last year as well and he will have the fire burning in the belly that he needs to do something. And he is selfless, he is absolutely a team player," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:53:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Jason Holder ) : "At seven and eight, I will have Rashid and Nabi because you are playing your first few encounters in Chennai and then Delhi. So spin will be of use in both these places. So there might not be a place for Jason Holder. Rashid and Nabi are four-over banks and can hit the long ball," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:53:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “This team has a lot of strengths. This is one of my favourite sides, which looks strong on paper. They can give competition to the Mumbai Indians. They have all the bases covered in terms of their balance,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Number two their bowling. Of course, it is one of the finest in the IPL. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, now they have Chris Woakes also available. Along with that Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Avesh Khan - so they have quite a few Indian fast bowlers,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “After that, you have Ashwin, Axar and Mishra. This is a phenomenal bowling attack. Marcus Stoinis also does a good job, he does both things. So that's another huge strength is what I see and they are littered with match-winners. So, DC has a lot to smile about,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "At No.7 you have got Washington Sundar, at No.8 you have got Kyle Jamieson, at No.9 you have got Chahal and then two fast bowlers - Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini. Jamieson, Dan Christian, Maxwell, and AB will make the four overseas players," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I will be going with KL Rahul and Gayle as the openers, Mayank Agarwal at No.3, Pooran at No.4, Hooda at No.5, and Moises Henriques at No.6. You should please play Henriques as he will add that balance to your side," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 5, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "At No.7, you can have anyone. You can play Shahrukh, Mandeep, or Sarfaraz - whoever you play it won't make any difference. But if you have this kind of batting, you can play with a lot of freedom, something that they should do this season," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 5, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Mohamed Chami ) : "Then four bowlers - Ashwin, Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, and Jhye Richardson. This will be my team, if you feel that you need to play one less spinner, you have Arshdeep as an option available," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 5, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about David Warner ) : "He (David Warner) is a very strong player. Although let's be honest, his first nine matches will be on grounds which might not suit him that much, but he won't be affected by that. He's got this unique ability that despite being an Australian, he adapts to Indian conditions as if he's making his Tik Tok videos. You'll once again find him scoring 400-500 runs. We saw last year that he can change his gears and play carefully which is what's required early on this season," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, April 4, 2021 1:15:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Rohit Sharma ) : "Which team has this kind of Indian core, you will not get one of this quality anywhere because you may not find a better batsman than Rohit Sharma in white-ball cricket, a better bowler than Bumrah, and a better all-rounder than Hardik. Krunal is matching him shoulder to shoulder, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have been absolute revelations," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 2, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : "The third thing is that they have one of the finest fast bowling attacks. They have Bumrah, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Dhawal Kulkarni. Only one team can match their fast bowling repertoire and that is Delhi, who have Nortje and Kagiso Rabada. But they also don't have an Indian replacement for Bumrah because there is only one Bumrah and Bhuvi is with Sunrisers Hyderabad," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 2, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Rohit Sharma ) : "Their second huge strength is Rohit Sharma's captaincy. He is 24-carat-gold, the best-cut diamond who knows very well how to read the game. From his face you will not be able to figure out which way the match is heading, he remains a little poker-faced but the good thing is he has the ability to control the flow of the game, which is easier said than done," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 2, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Rashid Khan ) : “I am going with Rashid Khan. His chances of picking the most wickets are bright this season. Amongst the fast bowlers, you could look at Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "You are required to score high in Mumbai. The first innings winning score is nearly 180. So, they'll have to play a different brand of cricket there. If Chennai Super Kings can win three of their first five games in Mumbai, I believe that will be a big achievement. My prediction is that they might not start very well," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:58:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "They should be alright in Delhi because it's a small ground and it (the wicket) assists the spinner a lot. The ball turns and also keeps low at times. The pitch will suit their brand of cricket," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:58:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Robin Uthappa ) : “They may play Robin Uthappa and Ruturaj Gaikwad who have decent numbers in domestic cricket. Faf du Plessis will also fine. But what about the remaining four. That will be a challenge. Hitting the ground running is a challenge,” “When you play in Mumbai, you won’t have the privilege to take your time and play. If the team wants to score big – like a score of 180 – all the top batters need to hit continuously from the beginning. And that is something I see going against them,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I would suggest CSK promote Ravindra Jadeja up the order and let him bat a bit more. Mahendra Singh Dhoni shall play well too. But Raina is the critical cog. If he hits the ground running, CSK will be fine. And if not, since he hasn’t played for quite a long time now, CSK, I feel, will struggle this season and that’s not a good thing,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Hardik Pandya seems like a proper batsman to me now, honestly. I don’t see him as an all-rounder or finisher at all. If you bat him up the order, he will score a century as well if he gets enough balls. If you see his shots today, nine out of ten times you will see cricketing shots and wherever he tries to hit the ball, he has prepared so well for those shots that his execution is amazingly good,” External link

news18 Tuesday, March 30, 2021 7:56:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “There is a specific game plan that he will go deep inside the crease against fast bowlers and keep his weight forward despite that, so that he is not off-position while playing the shots. He has been consistently scoring runs, whether it is spin or fast bowling and was actually upset that he got out at the wrong time. If he had kept on playing, 390 was also possible,” External link

news18 Tuesday, March 30, 2021 7:56:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “You can try what you want in fast bowling but in the spin department you should please play both Kuldeep and Chahal because if you don’t play them here also, then what will Kuldeep do. You don’t play him in the Tests or T20s, if you don’t play him in the ODIs also then what’s the point,” External link

news18 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 3:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra asked ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “The question that comes to my mind is that if Navdeep Saini was in the T20I team, then why not the ODI team. He didn’t play a single match, Deepak Chahar is another name. Axar Patel is in the Test and T20I teams but not in the ODIs, why so?,” External link

news18 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 3:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “Shikhar Dhawan should definitely open in all three matches in my opinion because he plays only one format now, so you should give him the chance to open,” External link

news18 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 3:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “You can try what you want in fast bowling but in the spin department you should please play both Kuldeep and Chahal because if you don't play them here also, then what will Kuldeep do. You don't play him in the Tests or T20s, if you don't play him in the ODIs also then what's the point,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra asked ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “The question that comes to my mind is that if Navdeep Saini was in the T20I team, then why not the ODI team. He didn't play a single match, Deepak Chahar is another name. Axar Patel is in the Test and T20I teams but not in the ODIs, why so?,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “Shikhar Dhawan should definitely open in all three matches in my opinion because he plays only one format now, so you should give him the chance to open,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Bhuvneshwar Kumar back to full fitness...Hardik bowling full quota of overs. SKY and Ishan making the most of their chances. Thakur picking crucial wickets. Not to forget Iyer batting out of position and delivering. Major positives from the series," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, March 22, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "One hundred percent. If India has to win the 2021 World Cup, it is necessary for Bumrah and Bhuvi to do well. Bumrah is evergreen, he did not have any injury issue. He has been bowling well and his workload is being managed," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, March 22, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "One hundred percent. If India has to win the 2021 World Cup, it is necessary for Bumrah and Bhuvi to do well. Bumrah is evergreen, he did not have any injury issue. He has been bowling well and his workload is being managed," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, March 21, 2021 2:14:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "We were waiting eagerly when Bhuvi will come, the ball will swing and he will take the wickets. He might have taken only four wickets in the series, today he took two wickets but his bowling was sensational and we can say that Bhuvi is back," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, March 21, 2021 2:14:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : "He does not have any other option. As they say if you are pushed into the water, you don't have any other option but to swim as the other option is to drown. So he has to bat at whatever position given to him," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "Shreyas Iyer is making the best use of the opportunity given to him but it is not the best number for him and it is slightly a problem of their own making because there are so many top-order batsmen that even Kohli is not getting to bat at his preferred batting slot," "It is probably working here because he batted well and he got more chances as well because you lost a lot of early wickets. But generally, you don't lose so many wickets early in T20 cricket in which case the No.6 batsman will not be utilised at all because you will push him further down and send Hardik Pandya ahead of him" External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “And Yuzi Chahal… I feel was slightly hard done by. I would have played him today come what may. Yes, he was expensive in the last few games, I’d have still played him,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Like KL Rahul, Chahal is also your primary player when you look at the preparations, you want to focus, rather invest on a lot of players. If KL Rahul is one of them the batting department, in the bowling department Chahal is your guy,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Virat Kohli ) : “That was a masterclass and that’s what you expect from Virat Kohli. He knows how to pace the innings. I think the first 20-25 odd balls, he had scored 20 odd runs, less than a run-a-ball because wickets were falling at the other end. That was the need of the hour,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:28:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "You will have to access the surface first because you can’t really go talking in town about how you’re going to play without really accessing the pitch. In this team, I’m still wondering who was the guy who delivered the message to Suryakumar Yadav that after your debut, and not getting to bat, you’re not playing the next game," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:08:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If we start asking questions about a runaway match-winner after just two low-scores, we aren’t going to build a team that’ll win the World Cup. If it’s Rahul today, it’ll be Ishan tomorrow…Pant day after. And then…will have a team of insecure players,” External link

news18 Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:08:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If we start asking questions about a runaway match-winner after just two low-scores, we aren’t going to build a team that’ll win the World Cup. If it’s Rahul today, it’ll be Ishan tomorrow...Pant day after. And then...will have a team of insecure players,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 16, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "78 Test matches for 400 Test wickets. Let the naysayers be! He's been absolutely phenomenal with the craft that he has displayed over a period of time and as he's growing as a bowler, he's picking a lot of wickets. So, that question mark is also getting answered quite nicely," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, March 8, 2021 3:24:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “78 Test matches for 400 Test wickets. Let the naysayers be! He’s been absolutely phenomenal with the craft that he has displayed over a period of time and as he’s growing as a bowler, he’s picking a lot of wickets. So, that question mark is also getting answered quite nicely,” External link

india Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:46:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Anil Kumble ) : “So, that question mark is also getting answered quite nicely. I feel that he’s an absolute Rockstar. He’s one of the biggest match-winners, that India has ever produced, of course Anil Kumble will still remain at No.1,” External link

india Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:46:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "78 Test matches for 400 Test wickets. Let the naysayers be! He's been absolute phenomenal with the craft that he has displayed over a period of time and as he's growing as a bowler, he's picking a lot of wickets. So, that question mark is also getting answered quite nicely," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "78 Test matches for 400 Test wicket. Let the naysayers be. He's been absolute phenomenal with the craft that he has displayed over a period of time and as he's growing as a bowler; he’s picking a lot of wickets," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra explained ( about Anil Kumble ) : "That question mark is also getting answered quite nicely. I feel that he's an absolute Rockstar. He's one of the biggest match winners that India has ever produced, of course Anil Kumble will still remain at No.1," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Rishabh Pant has made a comeback and I think he will play. You should play him in T20s, let him keep wickets instead of KL Rahul. It’ll be good for the team,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, February 22, 2021 1:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Ishan Kishan’s performance has been brilliant. He has been scoring runs consistently and if we talk about IPL 2020 then he overshadowed some of the big names of Mumbai Indians. Hit big sixes against some of the best like Anrich Nortje, Rabada and batted beautifully,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, February 22, 2021 1:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Manish Pandey ) : “Manish Pandey’s name usually features (in Indian limited-overs teams). This brings a question mark over his (international) career because he anyway doesn’t get many chances in the XI and now you are again looking at Pant and other options,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Manish Pandey ) : “Two big names which are missing are of Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey. Samson did get his chance with the bat but it did not go well for him. And that’s the problem of T20. It’s very difficult to do well in that format. So Samson has paid the price. He showed glimpses of what he can do but he couldn’t carry on,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Mohamed Chami ) : “Shami has started to bowl again but he has been rested probably because the T20s are back to back. The turn around time for 5 T20s are quite less,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “They have also got the only Tendulkar perhaps money can buy because the other Tendulkar never came at the auction. Arjun was available, they bought him,” External link

india Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:18:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Arjun Tendulkar ) : “They have also got the only Tendulkar perhaps money can buy because the other Tendulkar never came at the auction. Arjun was available, they bought him,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, February 19, 2021 5:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “They have just one overseas spot. I feel they should have released a few more players so that they could give themselves a chance. Since they have not done that, only one overseas can be picked which will be a top-order batsman. So, either Shakib, Maxwell or Moeen - there can be only one out of the three, not even two out of these three,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 18, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Glenn Maxwell ) : "I feel that Glenn Maxwell, yes, Glenn Maxwell, once again, will be the most expensive buy in this mini-auction. It might be mini for a lot of people, but it will be max for Maxwell," External link

business-standard Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:05:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra says ( about Ishant Sharma ) : "Highly impressed with ECB's rotation policy to manage the workload of players especially the bowlers. Was expecting Bumrah to get the rest but have a feeling that Ishant should also be managed in the best possible way. You cannot put a lot of pressure on your senior-most bowler," External link

expressindia Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:38:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about James Anderson ) : “The Indian batsmen should not take James Anderson lightly. He may not have the pace and penetration that he used to have in 2012 but he has the ability and the brains to take wickets. The Indian batsmen will have to watch the seam closely and commit themselves on the front foot,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, February 5, 2021 8:12:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about James Anderson ) : “You will have to believe that all balls will be pitched up where you will have to come on the front foot. He will not let the batsmen leave the balls in these conditions and make them play. I will say that you should stand outside the crease when James Anderson bowls so that you force him to bowl short because he does not have the pace to push you back by bowling bouncers,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, February 5, 2021 8:12:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra observed : “He is not only looking for leg-before but setting you up by bringing the balls in and then bowling the leg-cutter where you will get the outside edge and the keeper stands further up in such situations nowadays. So, you will have to be wary of him,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, February 5, 2021 8:12:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Except for the pink-ball Test match, you will not need fast bowlers. We can play with two fast bowlers and three spinners. We can a hundred percent do that in Chennai. So why would I try Hardik Pandya now and put so much workload on him, this is the World Cup year, I don't want to get him injured again,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 4, 2021 1:55:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “If that was the case, he would have been asked to stay back in Australia because there could have been a need there and it was required as well. If they didn't keep him there, then here I don't think so,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 4, 2021 1:55:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “This is the first time I am seeing that a team needs even fewer players than the Mumbai Indians. They just have to fill three slots, including one overseas. They have kept both Holder and Marsh which I believe is wrong,” External link

india Tuesday, February 2, 2021 8:38:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "The interesting thing is that the Mumbai Indians have changed their entire fast bowling attack. Malinga has retired, they have let go of Pattinson who was his replacement and they have let Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell McClenaghan also go," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, January 31, 2021 11:37:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "They will need at least two overseas fast bowlers now after leaving out so many. They don't have a backup for Boult and have a vacant fast bowler's spot also. If Mitchell Starc comes for 8-10 crores, then Bumrah and Starc will be a fantastic pair. But I don't think the Mumbai Indians will be able to acquire Mitchell Starc, if he puts his name," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, January 31, 2021 11:37:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “They need a backup for Russell, a player who can do two things because when Russell gets injured then the whole scenario changes. They could go for Cameron Green or Moises Henriques as a backup for Russell if they are looking for fast-bowling all-rounders,” External link

india Saturday, January 30, 2021 10:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Moeen Ali ) : “They could also go for Moeen Ali or Shakib, who are spinning all-rounders. Shakib has also played earlier from this franchise. So they may want to take one out of these four and an overseas top-order batsman if they want. Apart from Malan, they have the option of Roy and Finch,” External link

india Saturday, January 30, 2021 10:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "KKR have Tim Seifert as an option to open with Shubman Gill. But they could look towards Dawid Malan. With Morgan as the captain, I think they will have a greater interest in Malan. Otherwise, they have Tripathi and Nitish Rana has also opened a few times," "Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell's form will be critical to their success. Their batting at No.5 and No.6 has to be super-hit for this team to do well. Their team is looking perfectly fine but they will be looking for Indian batsmen. They have Shubman Gill, Rana, Tripathi and Karthik, which is not too bad. They have Rinku Singh as backup whom they do not give matches," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I want KKR to announce Shubman Gill as their vice-captain at the auction. This is the last mini-auction before a mega-auction. So, my first name for retention will be Shubman Gill. They should build their team around him," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “As the deadline for the IPL Player Retention process approaches, I feel now would be the right time for CSK to shed their ‘Dad’s Army’ tag and introduce young talent in the team,” External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, January 20, 2021 5:24:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “On paper, Rajasthan Royals feels like one of the most complete teams in the IPL, but on the field, the team has failed to impress even its staunch supporters,” External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, January 20, 2021 5:24:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “As the deadline for the IPL Player Retention process approaches, I feel now would be the right time for CSK to shed their ‘Dad’s Army’ tag and introduce young talent in the team. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has relied heavily on senior players who have performed in the past, but he along with the CSK think-tank need to change their strategy. They would certainly need to retain last year’s match-winners like Ambati Rayudu, Shardul Thakur and Ruturaj Gaikwad,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:44:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “RCB on the other hand, looks like they have finally found a balanced squad. Mike Hesson, at the helm of affairs, has proven to be very effective for the team. Like almost every other team, even RCB have few players who can be released. With Parthiv Patel’s voluntary retirement, the team management can also look at moving away from Umesh Yadav, Shivam Dube and Moeen Ali,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:44:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “Wishing @therealkapildev a very happy birthday Pray for good health and happiness,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “It looks like Prithvi Shaw is not going to get a chance in the second match. And I can totally understand because he has not scored the runs and his confidence is down. If the team says it is short-term and it doesn’t mean he will not be considered in the future, they can definitely do that. They should play someone who is in the right mental space and who they feel can provide a good start,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, December 25, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “So Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Shubman Gill, whoever fails here, is going to be dropped for the third Test. I feel Ajinkya Rahane should come to bat at No.4. At No.5, you can play KL Rahul or Shubman Gill. Rahul and Shubman Gill will definitely be playing the Melbourne Test,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, December 25, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Yuvraj Singh ) : “If you look at India’s golden period in white-ball cricket, MS Dhoni had Yuvraj Singh with him. There is no better finisher in the world better than Dhoni, but he too needed someone. You cannot be a finisher all by yourself,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, December 9, 2020 4:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “Rishabh Pant needed to understand this whenever he had the opportunity, he had to understand that the way he was getting out and whether he was able to finish the match or not. He has not made full use of the chances that he got and he only has himself to blame at this point in time,” External link

india Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra recalled : “Wriddhiman Saha has been keeping for India A in the practice game against Australia A. It means that Rishabh Pant has even lost his spot in Test cricket. At one point in time, he was India’s first-choice wicketkeeper across all three formats. He was also sent to the 2019 World Cup as a replacement,” External link

india Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “Rishabh Pant needed to understand this whenever he had the opportunity, he had to understand that the way he was getting out and whether he was able to finish the match or not. He has not made full use of the chances that he got and he only has himself to blame at this point in time,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:13:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Wriddhiman Saha has been keeping for India A in the practice game against Australia A. It means that Rishabh Pant has even lost his spot in Test cricket. At one point in time, he was India’s first-choice wicketkeeper across all three formats. He was also sent to the 2019 World Cup as a replacement,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:13:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “If things have turned out to be this bad for him, he is still young and will get chances to bounce back. But he will have to be a bit harsh on himself that he did not make the most of his chances,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:13:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Rohit Sharma ) : “If you need to score more than 350, then you need Rohit Sharma, especially in a run chase,” External link

news18 Tuesday, December 1, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If we look at the Indian bowling, it’s clear that we are unable to pick wickets with the new ball. How much time has gone? In the last three consecutive ODI matches, India has conceded a 100-run partnership at the top between the two openers,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, November 30, 2020 12:28:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Stephen Smith ) : “Although we saw Hardik Pandya bowling but it was too late. He took a wicket as well, he dismissed Steve Smith. But if your top bowlers don’t take wickets, what will the 6th, 7th or 8th option do,” “So, this is a problem which is getting magnified by the lack of an all-rounder but first of all, how many of them do we have? And even if they available, where will you play them? If you don’t take wickets at the top, it is not going to help in the middle, doesn’t matter how many all-rounders you play,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, November 30, 2020 12:28:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “My heart says that KL Rahul should open because the sort of player he is, he scores hundreds and in my opinion, if he plays very well he can even score a double hundred in ODIs. You have got to make him open if you want to do justice to his abilities,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I was 50-50 with KL Rahul’s captaincy. Because he will have to take some of the blame for Kings XI Punjab not being able to find their ideal XI. I am sure these are the decisions of the team management and all of that but you also play a part. So that is an issue because it took some time to understand,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra argued : “Now is not the time for changes. There is no time for you to build a new team. If you want to apply new work ethics or new philosophy, there have to be games. If you’re going to play 5-6 T20s before the next T20 World Cup, then I wouldn’t like to fix something that’s unbroken,” External link

india Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If they have to retain 5 players, 3 Indians and 2 overseas, they don’t have an uncapped player whom they will think of retaining,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “I would say Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant as the three Indians although Rishabh Pant did not have a good year but I will definitely retain him and I am pretty sure that the Delhi Capitals will also do that,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Marcus Stoinis ) : “If I have to retain two overseas players, I will be keen to retain Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada. There could be a toss-up between Marcus Stoinis and Anrich Nortje but I will go with Marcus and try to buy back Nortje in the auction,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “The others will have to go. They will be a little sad about players like Prithvi Shaw, Ashwin and Axar Patel as they are two or three players they may want to keep in the team but I don’t think it will be possible to keep all of them,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Prithvi Shaw started well, he was playing good shots and scoring runs but after that, it just went downhill and then just could not come back which is not a good thing. He is young but is an India player and you expect more consistency from him,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 4:08:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Firstly, I am disappointed because when you win four of your first seven matches and if you replicate that performance, then you are through, eight victories were more than enough for you to qualify. Delhi actually came second with 16 points,” External link

india Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Firstly, I am disappointed because when you win four of your first seven matches and if you replicate that performance, then you are through, eight victories were more than enough for you to qualify. Delhi actually came second with 16 points,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “On a serious note, of course they don’t decide if a big auction happens or not. If it happens, it will just mix up the things a little and the other teams might come somewhat on par with them,” External link

news18 Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “On a serious note, of course they don’t decide if a big auction happens or not. If it happens, it will just mix up the things a little and the other teams might come somewhat on par with them,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:42:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs 15 crore,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ambati Rayudu ) : “CSK needs a mega auction, the side does not have many players that can be retained. If you want to make a team from the scratch, then are you willing to spend big bucks on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu ? I don’t think that CSK will look at the likes of Raina and Harbhajan if they are making a team from the scratch,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Aaron Finch ) : “Aaron Finch was the biggest disappointment for RCB this season. They had put huge stakes on him and stuck with him for a long time as well. You expect the Finch hitting from him,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Aaron Finch ) : “But you had more expectations from Aaron Finch. Because imagine if Devdutt Padikkal was playing well from one side and Aaron Finch had been playing well, then the pressure and responsibility would have been less on Virat and AB de Villiers,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player, you will have to pay Rs 15 crore,” External link

india Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs15 crore,” External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:31:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “CSK needs a mega auction, the side does not have many players that can be retained. If you want to make a team from the scratch, then are you willing to spend big bucks on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu? I don’t think that CSK will look at the likes of Raina and Harbhajan if they are making a team from the scratch,” External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:31:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don't keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs 15 crore," External link

news18 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ambati Rayudu ) : "CSK needs a mega auction, the side does not have many players that can be retained. If you want to make a team from the scratch, then are you willing to spend big bucks on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu? I don't think that CSK will look at the likes of Raina and Harbhajan if they are making a team from scratch," External link

news18 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs 15 crore,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “CSK needs a mega auction, the side does not have many players that can be retained. If you want to make a team from the scratch, then are you willing to spend big bucks on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu? I don’t think that CSK will look at the likes of Raina and Harbhajan if they are making a team from the scratch,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Gautam Gambhir [a former Delhi teammate of Chopra] believes that it is the nation's misfortune if Rohit Sharma is not made the Indian T20I captain because he is the most successful captain in the IPL," External link

news-yahoo-in Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Rohit as a captain is outstanding, I love him to bits but can the Mumbai Indians' success story be equated with India? That is my question. Just because Kohli's team does not do well, does it mean that is Kohli's fault," External link

news-yahoo-in Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "They cannot make him the captain now however much you may try. I know it is not fair; I know it is tough. But this is what it is. It cannot happen now as there is a simple reason for that," "First of all, he is not going now, he is not even fit. There is a separate mystery going on there regarding when he will get fit. If he is fit on the 10th, why is he not fit for the 27th. Things are topsy-turvy at the moment," External link

news-yahoo-in Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Gautam Gambhir believes that it is the nation’s misfortune if Rohit Sharma is not made the Indian T20I captain because he is the most successful captain in the IPL. But I have a question that if Rohit was given the RCB team, which is there with Kohli, will he have won two, three or four out of the five titles MI have won?Rohit as a captain is outstanding, I love him to bits but can the Mumbai Indians’ success story be equated with India, that is my question. Just because Kohli’s team does not do well, does it mean that is Kohli’s fault,” External link

dnaindia Saturday, November 14, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Virat Kohli ) : “They cannot make him the captain now, however much you may try. I know it is not fair, I know it is tough but this is what it is. It cannot happen now as there is a simple reason for that. There are not too many T20 matches at the moment. Let us wait for some time, let us be cool, he cannot become the captain now. Kohli is the captain currently and I don't feel that there is going to be a captaincy change in this team now,” External link

dnaindia Saturday, November 14, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Gautam Gambhir [a former Delhi teammate of Chopra] believes that it is the nation’s misfortune if Rohit Sharma is not made the Indian T20I captain because he is the most successful captain in the IPL,” External link

india Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Rohit as a captain is outstanding, I love him to bits but can the Mumbai Indians’ success story be equated with India? That is my question. Just because Kohli’s team does not do well, does it mean that is Kohli’s fault,” External link

india Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “They cannot make him the captain now however much you may try. I know it is not fair; I know it is tough. But this is what it is. It cannot happen now as there is a simple reason for that,” “First of all, he is not going now, he is not even fit. There is a separate mystery going on there regarding when he will get fit. If he is fit on the 10th, why is he not fit for the 27th. Things are topsy-turvy at the moment,” External link

india Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Gautam Gambhir [a former Delhi teammate of Chopra] believes that it is the nation's misfortune if Rohit Sharma is not made the Indian T20I captain because he is the most successful captain in the IPL," External link

news18 Friday, November 13, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Rohit as a captain is outstanding, I love him to bits but can the Mumbai Indians' success story be equated with India? That is my question. Just because Kohli's team does not do well, does it mean that is Kohli's fault," External link

news18 Friday, November 13, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "They cannot make him the captain now however much you may try. I know it is not fair; I know it is tough. But this is what it is. It cannot happen now as there is a simple reason for that," "First of all, he is not going now, he is not even fit. There is a separate mystery going on there regarding when he will get fit. If he is fit on the 10th, why is he not fit for the 27th. Things are topsy-turvy at the moment," External link

news18 Friday, November 13, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “Pant comes across as someone who is confused about his role and his responsibilities towards his own game. I'm not talking about what the team or the situation demands of him but just his comfort with his own style of play,” External link

news18 Friday, November 6, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “Pant comes across as someone who is confused about his role and his responsibilities towards his own game. I'm not talking about what the team or the situation demands of him but just his comfort with his own style of play,” External link

news18 Friday, November 6, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “His last couple of Test matches and this edition of the IPL have brought that uncertainty to the fore. He is blessed with the ability to hit the ball long and hard, but it seems that he is unsure of the right time to do so,” External link

news18 Friday, November 6, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Chris Gayle ) : "Kings XI Punjab's fortunes in this tournament have completely changed since the arrival of Christopher Henry Gayle. They haven't really lost a game since he's been there, so now Rajasthan Royals, they need to win and for that to happen, they will have to figure out a game plan to stop Gayle and say, and not just one, they might need a couple of them because when he gets going, of course, he's a tornado, who just blows away the opposition," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, October 30, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Chris Gayle ) : "Kings XI Punjab's fortunes in this tournament have completely changed since the arrival of Christopher Henry Gayle. They haven't really lost a game since he's been there, so now Rajasthan Royals, they need to win and for that to happen, they will have to figure out a game plan to stop Gayle and say, and not just one, they might need a couple of them because when he gets going, of course, he's a tornado, who just blows away the opposition," External link

newindianexpress Friday, October 30, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra Answers : “Then, somewhere down the line, they found that key, that takes them to a win and the last few games, they have played exceptional cricket. Last match, to defend a 126 takes a lot of doing, takes a lot of self-belief and that’s what they showed,” External link

india Monday, October 26, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Rajasthan Royals have an issue that their batting order is actually a disorder. Their batting order is beyond my understanding at this point of time because Jos Buttler, who is their best player is being sent at No.4 while they are opening with Ben Stokes, whose bat is not firing,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, October 23, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “Rajasthan Royals had expectations from Ben Stokes but he is not able to deliver there but the entire innings is becoming slow. Because of that Sanju Samson plays a bad shot to get out as the pressure is mounting,” “By the time Steve Smith comes to bat, the match is almost going out of their hands and in such a situation if Jos Buttler gets out, already you have reduced his effectiveness by giving him less overs to bat, then your whole boat sinks” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, October 23, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I find them very balanced, even though Delhi is now having a fair bit of injury worries. They still have enough resources. I see Delhi-Mumbai as finalists,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Glenn Maxwell ) : “I still feel Kings XI Punjab have a scope for one change. Are they going to continue playing Maxwell as an off-spinner? You are not getting him to bat, he got out on a duck in the normal match and you didn’t send him in either of the Super Overs,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, October 20, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I feel Suryakumar Yadav was the game-changer in the match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. The manner in which he is batting, whether you see his shots over the covers or his flicks or his cut shots. The icing on the cake with cherry on top was the flick he played of Rabada’s bowling for a six. My jaw dropped after watching that six. I said that this player should play for India. I am saying that before the end of 2020, he will be a part of the Indian team and I feel he will also play matches for the Indian team. This is a voice that is coming from my heart for this player and hopefully, that happens,” External link

dnaindia Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I feel Suryakumar Yadav was the game-changer in the match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. The manner in which he is batting, whether you see his shots over the covers or his flicks or his cut shots," External link

news18 Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:10:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I feel Suryakumar Yadav was the game-changer in the match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. The manner in which he is batting, whether you see his shots over the covers or his flicks or his cut shots,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:40:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : "It was also about the fact that Dhoni hadn’t played competitive cricket in 14 months. After the game against Rajasthan, he admitted that he was rusty. The long layoff, followed by the long quarantine did not help his cause as a batsman," External link

dnaindia Friday, September 25, 2020 5:39:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “It was also about the fact that Dhoni hadn’t played competitive cricket in 14 months. After the game against Rajasthan, he admitted that he was rusty. The long layoff, followed by the long quarantine did not help his cause as a batsman,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 25, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “He started this tournament with no form whatsoever and has now worked himself into some kind of form with the three sixes in the final over against the Royals. As the matches shift to venues where scores in excess of 200 won’t come about too often, Dhoni might quietly start fitting himself into places in the batting order from where he will be able to make significant contributions to wins,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 25, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Andre Roussel ) : “Andre Russell vs Jasprit Bumrah is the player battle to watch out for, can there be a player battle better than this. Bumrah is not in great form right now but for good players form is temporary and class in permanent,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I have hope that his captaincy will be good. Actually, we will get an idea of his captaincy, how he runs the game, what strategies he uses. If we see Kohli and Rohit, they are of the same age bracket and at one time you may feel that they are not captain material anymore,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:37:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “As they say, a time comes when you have to pass on the baton like MS Dhoni did to Kohli and Kohli will also have to do to someone at some point. When he does that, it is possible that Rahul will be next in line,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:37:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK’s heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact,” External link

gulf-times Wednesday, September 16, 2020 3:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK’s heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Tuesday, September 15, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK's heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK’s heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, September 15, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra recalled ( about Ashish Nehra ) : “But wait, you know this story, already right? Let me take you to the flashback, behind the scenes. This heavily swollen leg kept inside a bucket of ice... who is it? This is the same Ashish Nehra who, the very next day, stepped out on the field to rattle England batting unit with a swollen leg. As we say, there is nothing greater than a person’s will. Not even injuries. If Nehra ji has decided that he will play against England, then no one can stop him,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, September 15, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK's heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact," External link

news18 Tuesday, September 15, 2020 8:34:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK's heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, September 15, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK's heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact," External link

yahoo-au Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:39:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I have hope that his captaincy will be good,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “There are some glaring weaknesses in the RCB squad. It is true that when you have not done well in the first big auction, you are always left behind. Because even if you try to pick players in mini auctions or trading windows, you have gaping holes and you don’t get the right players to fill them,” “One of their problems has been their death over batting. If AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli play till the end it is fine, but if not then who? It can be a matter of concern although it is better than earlier because they have Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar and Chris Morris,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 14, 2020 7:27:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “The second problem is the death over bowling. Chris Morris is not a gun death bowler, even if you play Dale Steyn, he is also not a gun death bowler. Then who is the gun death bowler - Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj - they do not inspire the confidence that you would perhaps want,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 14, 2020 7:27:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “10 members of #CSK (including an India player) found #COVID19 positive. Wish them all a speedy recovery but it does serve as a significant reminder of the times we are living in. The sanctity of the Bio-secure bubble can never be overstated. #IPL (sic),” External link

india Friday, August 28, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “So VVS picked up his towel and went into the dressing room shower. We were playing South Africa in the picturesque ground of Cape Town. The situation in the Indian dressing room had turned bad with Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer already back in the pavilion,” External link

news18 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “Now with VVS taking bath, Dada was the only person left to go the middle. Sourav Ganguly, who was not ready at all for his batting. So someone was giving Dada his shirt, someone his trouser and another person getting his bat. And two players were making him wear his pads,” External link

news18 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “So VVS picked up his towel and went into the dressing room shower. We were playing South Africa in the picturesque ground of Cape Town. The situation in the Indian dressing room had turned bad with Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer already back in the pavilion,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:46:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I would say please do a Shahid Afridi and come out of retirement. I believe that a couple of brilliant IPLs, may be in the 2020 and 2021 seasons can well see Raina in India’s T20 World Cup squad. It’s possible, I sure believe it’s possible,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra mentioned ( about Suresh Raina ) : “Of course, Suresh Raina could have played a lot more, he had no need to retire. Now he is 33 years old and yes there were some injury issues but which player does not have injury issues? And now after surgery he was fitter, stronger and better and in my thinking he was itching to be back on the field,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Suresh Raina ) : “You can understand Dhoni’s case as if the IPL has taken place in April-May, the T20 World Cup would have taken place in October-November and maybe Dhoni would have been available for it. But maybe its postponement is the main reason why Dhoni retired. But Raina had no such problems to be very honest,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I think they should be allowed because if they have retired and if they are not presenting themselves for selection for the Indian team, then there should be no harm in letting them go. There are two sides of this story, one is workload management," External link

dnaindia Friday, August 21, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think they should be allowed because if they have retired and if they are not presenting themselves for selection for the Indian team, then there should be no harm in letting them go. There are two sides of this story, one is workload management,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 21, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think we can manage without him, let’s be honest. Because we are talking about 2021,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “But first thing, does Dhoni want to play? I have been saying this like a broken record that I feel he doesn’t want to play,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “So I feel his presence is not so important that if he is not there you will not win the World Cup,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra explained : “But will you give the ball to him in all scenarios, say if you have Kohli, Rohit, Pollard or Russell in front, would you go for a spinner. He is definitely better than Narine and you might go for him ahead of Malinga currently but will he be ahead of Bumrah and Starc. No team gives the 20th over to a spinner, so why would you give the Super Over to him. I won’t go with him either,” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Lasith Malinga, the lion might have grown old but has not forgotten how to catch its prey. And if you see the earlier days, choosing anyone above Lasith Malinga would be an injustice. Although he won MI the 2019 IPL final with his slower one, he is not my choice right now ahead of Rashid, Bumrah and Starc. So, if I have such options I will not go to Malinga” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If he is in form, I will go with him. Choosing between him and Bumrah is a very tough call. If you are Australian you will go with him, if you are Indian you will go with Bumrah,” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra explained : “But will you give the ball to him in all scenarios, say if you have Kohli, Rohit, Pollard or Russell in front, would you go for a spinner. He is definitely better than Narine and you might go for him ahead of Malinga currently but will he be ahead of Bumrah and Starc. No team gives the 20th over to a spinner, so why would you give the Super Over to him. I won’t go with him either,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Lasith Malinga, the lion might have grown old but has not forgotten how to catch its prey. And if you see the earlier days, choosing anyone above Lasith Malinga would be an injustice. Although he won MI the 2019 IPL final with his slower one, he is not my choice right now ahead of Rashid, Bumrah and Starc. So, if I have such options I will not go to Malinga” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If he is in form, I will go with him. Choosing between him and Bumrah is a very tough call. If you are Australian you will go with him, if you are Indian you will go with Bumrah,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : "If you have to choose between Tendulkar and Rohit, whom will you choose, very tough call. They may just cancel each other out because Rohit has struck 5 centuries in a World Cup edition, which no one has done. Between Rahul/Dhawan and Sehwag, my heart says to keep Sehwag ahead, but let me keep Dhawan ahead just for argument sake," External link

news18 Monday, July 27, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "So if you see the full comparison, MS Dhoni's team of 2011 has won. That is why, if there is a match Dhoni's team is stronger and a match-winning team," External link

news18 Monday, July 27, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Whatever has happened in the past 12 years, you need to forget it, as this year if the IPL happens in the UAE then there is no distinctive advantage for any team. If you play matches at neutral venues, then there is no home support and no familiarity with the pitches. Every team will be starting at par with each other. Mumbai and Chennai are top-class teams, they will eventually catch up even if they get off to a slow start," External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, July 24, 2020 5:30:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Kings XI Punjab would also benefit, Glenn Maxwell has a good record in the UAE, their spin department is quite good, they are very nicely placed, I think you need to be worried about Kings XI Punjab this season," "Delhi Capitals would also benefit as they have good spin attack comprising of Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, and Axar Patel. They tick all the boxes and they would not be complaining," External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, July 24, 2020 5:30:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "If you play matches at neutral venues, then there is no home support and no familiarity with the pitches. Every team will be starting at par with each other. Mumbai and Chennai are top-class teams, they will eventually catch up even if they get off to a slow start," External link

dnaindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Whatever has happened in the past 12 years, you need to forget it, as this year if the IPL happens in the UAE then there is no distinctive advantage for any team. If you play matches at neutral venues, then there is no home support and no familiarity with the pitches. Every team will be starting at par with each other. Mumbai and Chennai are top-class teams, they will eventually catch up even if they get off to a slow start,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 7:38:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Kings XI Punjab would also benefit, Glenn Maxwell has a good record in the UAE, their spin department is quite good, they are very nicely placed, I think you need to be worried about Kings XI Punjab this season,” “Delhi Capitals would also benefit as they have good spin attack comprising of Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, and Axar Patel. They tick all the boxes and they would not be complaining,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 7:38:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “There will be no problem although they might have to fight a little bit with the heat. For now, the weather is good. Let’s be fair, UAE experiences a lot of heat. But September and October are still the pleasant months,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:04:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Batting conditions would not have much of an impact. In fact, certain teams may start feeling better. RCB for example, because when the grounds are big your bowling is not exposed that much even if it is weak. RCB I think might actually do well” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:04:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Is he ready for Tests and does he want to play Tests currently? First thing first, I do not envisage Hardik Pandya playing the first Test match in Australia. That is what I feel,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, July 20, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ben Stokes ) : “At this point of time, there is no doubt in my mind that Ben Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all three formats. He has an average of 43 in Tests, 59 in ODIs over the last two years,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, July 19, 2020 2:19:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ben Stokes ) : “At this point of time, there is no doubt in my mind that Ben Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all three formats. He has an average of 43 in Tests, 59 in ODIs over the last two years,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, July 19, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ben Stokes ) : “At this point of time, there is no doubt in my mind that Ben Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all three formats. He has an average of 43 in Tests, 59 in ODIs over the last two years,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, July 18, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : "He is absolutely right that Sourav Ganguly gave a lot of match-winners to India. Dada even took over captaincy when cricket was in difficulty due to the black clouds of match-fixing hovering over it and the public’s belief lost. From that situation to develop a team that went abroad and won, the eye for talent was absolutely fantastic," External link

dnaindia Friday, July 17, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “In principle it makes sense as once it is reviewed, why would you want to go back to the umpire. I am with you Paaji that once you have embraced technology, you should trust it and don’t do other things. Totally correct” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “The other thing is regarding things you can see like the ball hitting the pads. Why should you have umpire’s call in that? Either it is in line or outside the line. Even the ball pitching on leg stump is considered in line when more than 50% is inside the line and otherwise considered as umpire’s call. Why so? This is one thing that definitely needs to change,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Chetan Chauhan ) : “Chetan Chauhan ji has also tested positive for #COVID?19. Sending best wishes in his direction too…get well soon, sir. Tough night this one…Big B and Chetan Ji,” External link

india Sunday, July 12, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ravindra Jadeja ) : "He (Jadeja) is absolutely outstanding, he has a rocket arm, he has the best arm in world cricket right now, just look at his ground coverage, he is not the best while fielding at slips, but how does it matter," External link

dnaindia Sunday, July 12, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra claimed : "As you see him (Kohli) growing as a player, you see him growing as a fielder, he wants to be there fielding and this is what makes him super special" "Everyone saw him (Kapil Dev) taking the catch of Vivian Richards in the finals of the 1983 World Cup, he had great hands and was very agile," External link

dnaindia Sunday, July 12, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote ( about Chetan Chauhan ) : “Chetan Chauhan ji is also tested positive for #COVIDー19. Sending best wishes in his direction too...get well soon, sir. Tough night this one...Big B and Chetan Ji,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "He (Kohli) is surely not a successful IPL captain. The team has not done well, it is actually a fact. And it is not one or two years, but many seasons. There are manifold reasons for that," External link

dnaindia Saturday, July 11, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : "Babar Azam is an exciting talent. There is no doubt about that. It is also true that Virat Kohli is very far ahead in this race. He is older and started cricket before Azam. Virat's name is already included in the conversation of all-time greats," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, July 11, 2020 3:56:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "He (Kohli) is surely not a successful IPL captain. The team has not done well, it is actually a fact. And it is not one or two years, but many seasons. There are manifold reasons for that," External link

dnaindia Saturday, July 11, 2020 2:45:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "At no.4 he held a very good record. And when you are performing at no.4 on a consistent basis and when your strike rate is also around 94, so why didn't he get opportunities after that? It seemed like a case of how one throws away fly from the milk. I feel he was hard done by," External link

newindianexpress Saturday, July 11, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "He (Kohli) is surely not a successful IPL captain. The team has not done well, it is actually a fact. And it is not one or two years, but many seasons," External link

news18 Saturday, July 11, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "At no.4 he held a very good record. And when you are performing at no.4 on a consistent basis and when your strike rate is also around 94, so why didn't he get opportunities after that? It seemed like a case of how one throws away fly from the milk. I feel he was hard done by," External link

news18 Friday, July 10, 2020 7:48:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “His numbers at No. 4 were good. And at number 4, if you are giving good performances, consistently playing well and strike rate is also around 94, then why are you not giving him more chances? He was dropped all of a sudden, just like you remove a fly from milk. Why was something like that done? I feel he was hard done by,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, July 10, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “In my opinion it was slightly unfair to him because when he was dropped from the ODI team he was absolutely fine. So when you are not playing someone after he has done well, you are not doing the right thing. In fact, when he played in South Africa, there also he did well. I remember that, it was in 2018. He should get an opportunity again,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, July 10, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Samir Shah ) : “Cricket is the most played sport in this country. It is surprising that so far, we didn’t have any scientific method to determine the cricket bat that suits an individual. Wish I knew all these nuances during my playing days. When I heard the concept from Samir, I immediately saw the potential and how revolutionary the concept is,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I truly believe Z-Bat will not only be able to enhance performances of budding cricketers with the correct evaluation of their bat, they can even help to avoid injury with unique body dynamics detection identifying the right balance of the player,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Leader of Men. God of off-side. Fighter. Happy Birthday, Dada. #HappyBirthdayDada," External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shahid Afridi ) : "Pakistan team used to be good at one point. It is still an okay team today. But there was a time when India used to play against Pakistan at Sharjah and the balance was tilted towards the neighbouring nation. But it was not the ‘Afridi time’ that he is talking about," External link

news-yahoo-in Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Some of the best minds in the world have said that there is a cure when a snake bites you, but there is no cure for misconceptions,” External link

news-yahoo-in Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “Pakistan’s strength was a sheer talent - from Imran Khan to Wasim Akram to Waqar Younis. Because of it, they did really well. They used to beat India, there is no doubt about that. But later, when Afridi started playing and till the time he retired, things had changed,” External link

dnaindia Monday, July 6, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Some of the best minds in the world have said that there is a cure when a snake bites you, but there is no cure for misconceptions,” External link

dnaindia Monday, July 6, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "When IPL started in 2008, KKR had the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting, and Brendon McCullum. Ganguly was the captain and John Buchanan was the coach. The relationship between Ganguly and Buchanan was alright, to begin with, but later it went downhill," External link

dnaindia Sunday, July 5, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Eventually, John Buchanan had to leave. Some of the things were overstated as they talked about making three captains, which was not the case," "One thing that I had against him (Buchanan) was that he gathered all his friends and associates there, the whole family had come in" External link

dnaindia Sunday, July 5, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “We went to Australia and drew the series there. We went to Pakistan and defeated them. In India, we drew one series and lost one series to Australia. And Sourav Ganguly’s team even drew the series in England. It was a fairly good team, a team which taught us how to win abroad,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:21:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Actually, we were really good friends. Shoaib Akhtar and I are still really good friends. I still speak to him for hours. Whenever I am on a call for a few hours, my wife knows that I am speaking to Shoaib, and they are just having a long chat” “Shoaib and I have a really great bond because he came here and worked with me for Star Sports, so we spent really good time together. We travelled together, we sat for dinner together, we had long conversations. During IPL as well, we had a great bond. We had Mohammad Hafeez, Salman Butt and Umar Gul in our team. We never felt even once that there was any sort of tension. There was no issue between any players,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I don’t think there has ever been any issues between the two teams. I remember when we came to Pakistan for the series in 2004. In Multan, Inzy bhai (Inzamam ul-haq) has his house. As far as I recall, he also had a garment factory where t-shirts were made. He came and gave us all a bundle of t-shirts. We all wore it later,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Anil Kumble ) : “India was the first team to use DRS in around 2008 during a series against Sri Lanka. MS Dhoni was not the captain of the team, Anil Kumble was. We took some really bad DRS calls in that series. It was a new thing, and we made poor use of technology. That’s when we decided, that we don’t like it. And if we don’t like it, then we won’t use it,” “Also, MS Dhoni was not a fan of it. The thinking of your team’s captain matters a lot. Dhoni was convinced for the longest time that technology is not full-proof. Even today, it is not full-proof. There are still issues with the umpire’s call, there are still issues with soft-signals. There are still issues, but it was even more back then than it is today,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:32:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Another strange thing is that, Dhoni didn’t like it, but now I call DRS as ‘Dhoni Review System’. Because, if Dhoni said from behind the stumps, that we have to take DRS, then 9 out of 10 times, he gets it right, even when you feel he is making a mistake, he would turn out to be right,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:32:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “My first pick is David Warner, the first overseas player as an opener. You will also think of Chris Gayle, but he is not more consistent than David Warner. He [Gayle] has been explosive but Warner is not behind anyone. So, Warner as one of the overseas players. He has been one of the most consistent batsmen ever,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, June 29, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Rohit Sharma ) : “Although it would always be 50-50 between Rohit and Dhoni on whom you should make the captain, but when you look at the team Dhoni has got especially in the last few seasons, you will have to opt for Dhoni ahead of Rohit and he also has the experience of 11 years of captaincy and Rohit was not the captain initially. He was groomed as a captain by the Mumbai Indians,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, June 29, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I have seen it happening in a state team where a player was a captain for a long time. He was an administrator's son, not a player's. He was not a very good player and his stats also show it. But at the highest level, it never happens. No one is given an IPL contract because he is someone's friend's son or someone's nephew," External link

ibtimes-in Sunday, June 28, 2020 6:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Arjun Tendulkar ) : "You can say the same thing about Arjun Tendulkar. Because he is Tendulkar's son, nothing was given to him on a platter. He didn't get an easy access to the Indian cricket team. There were no such useless selections even in the India under-19 team. Whenever the selection happens, it would be because of a sterling performance," External link

ibtimes-in Sunday, June 28, 2020 6:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra stated : “I have found it taking place in a point out team the place a participant was a captain for a very long time. He was an administrator’s son, not a player’s. He was not a quite very good participant and his stats also demonstrate it. But at the greatest stage, it never occurs. No a single is specified an IPL contract mainly because he is someone’s friend’s son or someone’s nephew,” External link

haveeru Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra stated ( about Sunil Gavaskar ) : “And when he performed for India, it was for the reason that he was regularly executing pretty very well for Bengal. In point, overlook all that, he was even not playing in the Mumbai Ranji group. He was not finding a area in the Mumbai crew even though he had the surname as Gavaskar,” External link

haveeru Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra explained ( about Arjun Tendulkar ) : “You can say the very same point about Arjun Tendulkar. For the reason that he is Tendulkar’s son, very little was supplied to him on a platter. He didn’t get an straightforward obtain to the Indian cricket team. There were no these kinds of useless alternatives even in the India underneath-19 group. When the assortment transpires, it would be for the reason that of a sterling effectiveness,” External link

haveeru Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sunil Gavaskar ) : "If you see the bigger picture, Rohan Gavaskar was the son of Sunil Gavaskar, if one has to go by nepotism, Rohan should have played a lot of cricket but it did not happen this way. When he eventually ended up playing for India, he did so because he had a good run with Bengal in domestic cricket," External link

irishsun Saturday, June 27, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "When he eventually ended up playing for India, he did so because he had a good run with Bengal in domestic cricket," External link

dnaindia Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I have seen it happening in a state team where a player was a captain for a long time. He was an administrator's son, not a player's. He was not a very good player and his stats also show it. But at the highest level, it never happens. No one is given an IPL contract because he is someone's friend's son or someone's nephew," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, June 27, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Arjun Tendulkar ) : "You can say the same thing about Arjun Tendulkar. Because he is Tendulkar's son, nothing was given to him on a platter. He didn't get an easy access to the Indian cricket team. There were no such useless selections even in the India under-19 team. Whenever the selection happens, it would be because of a sterling performance," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, June 27, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “The left-arm pacer is really fast. He made his debut in the Asia Cup and he keeps on growing in leaps and bounds. He has a great height and can bowl the bowl full while swinging it. His speed is great and someone who can bowl full is bound to pick up wickets. The way his career graph is progressing, it looks like the future is his. We will probably be hearing this name even more as we go along,” External link

tribune Tuesday, June 23, 2020 3:11:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I would keep Pakistan’s Babar Azam in the fab four. He stands shoulder to shoulder with India’s Virat Kohli. He is the number one batsman in T20Is, number-three in ODIs and number five in Test cricket. If you are in the top five in all three formats than how can you not be in the fab four of world cricket? He should be included in the fab four a 120 per cent,” External link

tribune Sunday, June 21, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shahid Afridi ) : “Shahid Afridi tested positive for Covid-19. I wished him a speedy recovery but had to endure a lot of abuse on social media. I think we need to discuss it and sort it out. When this story [Afridi’s test] came out, a journalist said that it is a punishment for his wrongdoings. They claim that Afridi tested positive because he is a deplorable human being who has bad views which is why he is being punished by God. They almost mean that Afridi does not get better. I ask where is the humanity [in this sort of mindset],” External link

tribune Tuesday, June 16, 2020 7:03:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote ( about Shahid Afridi ) : "Are we serious?? Sensitivity...humanity...thing of the past?? Wish you a speedy recovery, Shahid. May the force be with you," External link

news18 Sunday, June 14, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "We (cricketers) at one point or the other, have been victims of racism. I remember when I used to play league cricket in England, there were two South Africans in one of the opposition teams and both of them really went on an abusive spree," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, June 10, 2020 6:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Even if you're white-skinned, it happens then as well. When they come to this part of the world, they also subjected to this kind of behaviour," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, June 10, 2020 6:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Andrew Symonds ) : "In fact, when Andrew Symonds came to India, so many Monkey chants started filling up the Wankhede Stadium. That is when people were told that your entry will be banned," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, June 10, 2020 6:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “We (cricketers) at one point or the other, have been victims of racism. I remember when I used to play league cricket in England, there were two South Africans in one of the opposition teams and both of them really went on an abusive spree,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Even if you’re white-skinned, it happens then as well. When they come to this part of the world, they also subjected to this kind of behaviour,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Andrew Symonds ) : “In fact, when Andrew Symonds came to India, so many Monkey chants started filling up the Wankhede Stadium. That is when people were told that your entry will be banned,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "We (cricketers) at one point or the other, have been victims of racism. I remember when I used to play league cricket in England, there were two South Africans in one of the opposition teams and both of them really went on an abusive spree," External link

news18 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Even if you''re white-skinned, it happens then as well. When they come to this part of the world, they also subjected to this kind of behaviour," External link

news18 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Andrew Symonds ) : "In fact, when Andrew Symonds came to India, so many Monkey chants started filling up the Wankhede Stadium. That is when people were told that your entry will be banned," External link

news18 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "We (cricketers) at one point or the other, have been victims of racism. I remember when I used to play league cricket in England, there were two South African is one of the opposition teams and both of them really went on an abusive spree. Even when I was at the non-striker's end, they were after my life. They were constantly calling me Paki," External link

dnaindia Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:44:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Andrew Symonds ) : "It happens everywhere. If you are white-skinned, it happens with them too when they come to this part of the world. They are also subjected to this kind of behaviour. In fact, when Andrew Symonds came to India, so many Monkey chants started filling up the Wankhede Stadium. That is when people were told that your entry will be banned," External link

dnaindia Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:44:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “We [cricketers] at one point or the other, have been victims of racism. I remember when I used to play league cricket in England, there were two South African is one of the opposition teams and both of them really went on an abusive spree. Even when I was at the non-striker’s end, they were after my life. They were constantly calling me P*ki,” “Now many believe P*ki is a short form of Pakistan but that is not true. If you are brown skinned. If you’re anywhere from Asian subcontinent, this term is used to racially abuse. You’re called P*ki, and nobody likes it. The moment you call anybody P*ki in England, you know the intention behind it. That’s what happened with me at that time. My team stood by me but the truth is the person in front of me was doing it,” External link

tribune Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I mean think about it and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC at that time, he gave a statement during the World Cup saying that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously," External link

dnaindia Sunday, June 7, 2020 7:01:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Think a little and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, gave a statement during the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously,” External link

expressindia Friday, June 5, 2020 8:19:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I am wearing a T-shirt which says Sharam (shame) not found. Think a little and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, gave a statement during the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, June 5, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "It is understandable if the partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma didn't make sense to Stokes or if he was confused by MS Dhoni's approach towards the end," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, June 5, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “One needs to look at the circumstances the teams were in...the boundary at one side was very small, and England scored 337 on a placid track. Every bowler went for runs although India did bounce back in the last ten overs and I was commentating on the match,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, June 5, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think what happened was that the Indian batsmen became too cautious about not losing wickets and that is where they got behind the asking rate.The intent in the first 10 overs was defensive but both Kohli and Rohit knew that if they had got out early then the match could get over very quickly,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, June 5, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I am wearing a T-shirt which says sharam (shame) not found. Think a little and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, gave a statement during the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously,” External link

tribune Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "To be honest it is all very premature. Once they get closer to resumption, which will take some time, there will be more clarity," External link

firstpost Monday, May 25, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “You remember we had to bowl into the wind and against the wind? The coach asked me why I didn’t bowl you from that end. I told him that you wanted to bowl from the other end. And sir went and gave you a slap,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 4, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “People must be thinking if I haven’t picked Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the top four then where will I place them, unfortunately, I can’t find a place for them as I have to pick only one Indian,” External link

dnaindia Friday, May 1, 2020 1:06:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “People must be thinking if I haven’t picked Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the top four then where will I place them, unfortunately I can’t find a place for them as I have to pick only one Indian,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 1, 2020 11:40:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Babar Azam ) : “At number four I have got Babar Azam,” External link

tribune Friday, May 1, 2020 9:03:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Umar Akmal ) : “Umar Akmal had a lot of promise and talent. His temperament was sometimes questionable, but that is the case with most Pakistan batsmen and he was no different,” “It might have been an excuse in the earlier era that cricketers didn’t knew the protocols with regards to reporting a fixing approach. But nowadays, every player is taught about these things from the beginning of their career and you know that if someone has approached you with a suspicious offer, then immediately you have to inform. If you fail in doing that, then there is always a doubt that you might have accepted that offer or might be considering it” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Wednesday, April 29, 2020 9:55:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “It’s a huge misconception that Dhoni’s comeback to the Indian team was dependent on his performance in the IPL,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 28, 2020 3:53:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "It's a huge misconception that Dhoni's comeback to the Indian team was dependent on his performance in the IPL," "If that is how we will view Dhoni as a player and his career and what he has achieved as a player, then I think we are just knocking at the wrong door because it's not right" External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, April 28, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "It's a huge misconception that Dhoni's comeback to the Indian team was dependent on his performance in the IPL," "If that is how we will view Dhoni as a player and his career and what he has achieved as a player, then I think we are just knocking at the wrong door, because it's not right" External link

timesofindia Tuesday, April 28, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Umar Akmal ) : “Umar Akmal had a lot of promise and talent. His temperament was sometimes questionable, but that is the case with most Pakistan batsmen and he was no different,” “It might have been an excuse in the earlier era that cricketers didn’t knew the protocols with regards to reporting a fixing approach. But nowadays, every player is taught about these things from the beginning of their career and you know that if someone has approached you with a suspicious offer, then immediately you have to inform. If you fail in doing that, then there is always a doubt that you might have accepted that offer or might be considering it” External link

tribune Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:46:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Unlike in real cricket where there are passages of play, (such as) wherein not all the time all six balls of an over are being hit for a sixhere is a possibility of that (happening). If you recall that Stuart Broad over (against Yuvraj Singh in 2007 World T20), that is a real challenge for a commentatorfind a different way to describe the same outcome, if not the shot,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra says : “It does challenge you in a very different way, where your primary motive is to make it as real as possible. The challenge is to constantly increase your vocabulary, find a way to describe the same thing in 5-7 different ways,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I always felt that allowing mint shouldn't be a problem. But now they have gone to the extent that they don't want to allow mint. But now if you change rule, ok let's allow them to use finger nails, vaseline, now where does it stop God knows," External link

firstpost Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Spinners won't mind as they do get a bit of drift if the ball is kept shiny from one side. So they won't actually mind as long as you are not landing the shiny surface of the ball," External link

firstpost Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I always felt that allowing mint shouldn't be a problem. But now they have gone to the extent that they don't want to allow mint. But now if you change rule, ok let's allow them to use finger nails, vaseline, now where does it stop God knows," External link

business-standard Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Spinners won't mind as they do get a bit of drift if the ball is kept shiny from one side. So they won't actually mind as long as you are not landing the shiny surface of the ball," External link

business-standard Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I always felt that allowing mint shouldn’t be a problem. But now they have gone to the extent that they don’t want to allow mint. But now if you change rule, ok let’s allow them to use finger nails, vaseline, now where does it stop God knows,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 25, 2020 2:39:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Spinners won’t mind as they do get a bit of drift if the ball is kept shiny from one side. So they won’t actually mind as long as you are not landing the shiny surface of the ball,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 25, 2020 2:39:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I would keep Pakistan’s Babar Azam in the fab four. He stands shoulder to shoulder with India’s Virat Kohli. He is the number one batsman in T20Is, number-three in ODIs and number five in Test cricket. If you are in the top five in all three formats than how can you not be in the fab four of world cricket? He should be included in the fab four a 120 per cent,” External link

tribune Friday, April 24, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "MS Dhoni has not told anyone anything. He has a different story. What almost everyone thinks is that he might return to the Indian team if he performs well in the IPL. But I personally feel he played his final match for India at Manchester against New Zealand," External link

khaleejtimes Monday, April 13, 2020 3:33:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “I did not play many Test matches, a total of 10 to be exact. I played against Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "These two countries have produced so many great players. If there was no partition, what a team it would have been," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 10, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "There shouldn't be any question about the number three. Kohli has to be at three," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 10, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded ( about Yuvraj Singh ) : "And I have Yuvraj Singh as my 12th man," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 10, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “I did not play many Test matches, a total of 10 to be exact. I played against Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand,” External link

tribune Friday, April 10, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “I wanted to do a fun exercise today by selecting the combined all-time Test XI of Pakistan and India, although it was a very difficult task,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 8, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “I wanted to do a fun exercise today by selecting the combined all-time Test XI of Pakistan and India, although it was a very difficult task,” External link

tribune Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Saeed Anwar was an extremely elegant player and had the temperament to play long innings. He was a match-winner and, as Indian fans, we were scared of him because he could hurt you with his batting,” “Alongside Anwar, I would pick Zaheer Abbas who was also a magnificent player” External link

tribune Friday, April 3, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sir ) : “I get the psychological triumph #JuntaCurfew could provide. The feeling of getting together & all too. Well done, PM Sir. But the rapid rise in positive cases in India suggests that it’s not going to be enough...not even a drop in the ocean. Shutting down completely is upon us” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, March 20, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “For a player like Dhoni, IPL was never going to be a yardstick. If he had scored runs in the IPL, experts would have been like ‘select Dhoni’, ‘do this and do that’. MS Dhoni knows what he is doing, whether he wants to come back or not,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:12:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “For a player like Dhoni, IPL was never going to be a yardstick. If he had scored runs in the IPL, experts would have been like ‘select Dhoni’, ‘do this and do that’. MS Dhoni knows what he is doing, whether he wants to come back or not,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “How many knockouts did your team play since that final? Men and Women included. Jinke ghar sheeshe ke hote hain voh light jala ke kapde nahin badalte, dost (Those who live in glass houses don’t change their clothes with lights on, my friend),” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, March 9, 2020 7:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "India under Kohli competed in most Tests overseas....but this series was different. India only participated. Batting and the inability to dismiss NZ's lower-order let India down," External link

business-standard Monday, March 2, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra says : “The bowling unit which India has at the momentthree frontline pacers and a spinner should be able to take 20 wickets,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 20, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra adds : “This trend will continue unless you have a really weak team where nobody is sure of his place,” “The role of a No. 6 remains marginal. His presence is felt only when there is a collapse of sorts” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 20, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra says : “You do not really get a specialised No. 6 because if someone is batting at No. 6 for his Ranji team, he should not be in the India team as a batsman. The idea is to accommodate a young guy because your batting order is mostly settled,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 20, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I would keep Pakistan’s Babar Azam in the fab four. He stands shoulder to shoulder with India’s Virat Kohli. He is the number one batsman in T20Is, number-three in ODIs and number five in Test cricket. If you are in the top five in all three formats than how can you not be in the fab four of world cricket? He should be included in the fab four a 120 per cent,” External link

tribune Monday, February 17, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra adds : “If India don’t pick a full-time keeper in their ODI playing XIs too, they will paint themselves into a corner, where they will need to pick someone as a backup purely on gut feel and not going by his performances,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:43:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Rahul Dravid ) : “He is a better keeper than what Dravid was but I would not want him to keep on a regular basis. Keeping takes a toll. He can’t be keeping for 50 overs and then batting higher up the order,” External link

expressindia Monday, January 20, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Rahul Dravid ) : “He is a better keeper than what Dravid was but I would not want him to keep on a regular basis. Keeping takes a toll. He can’t be keeping for 50 overs and then batting higher up the order,” External link

expressindia Sunday, January 19, 2020 5:28:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Rahul Dravid ) : "He is a better keeper than what Dravid was but I would not want him to keep on a regular basis. Keeping takes a toll. He can't be keeping for 50 overs and then batting higher up the order," External link

business-standard Saturday, January 18, 2020 3:19:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Rahul Dravid ) : "He is a better keeper than what Dravid was but I would not want him to keep on a regular basis. Keeping takes a toll. He can't be keeping for 50 overs and then batting higher up the order," External link

firstpost Saturday, January 18, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Rahul Dravid ) : “He is a better keeper than what Dravid was but I would not want him to keep on a regular basis. Keeping takes a toll. He can’t be keeping for 50 overs and then batting higher up the order,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, January 18, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “Once in a while if he has to keep for the team balance it is okay but in the longer run you have to allow him to score 10000 runs and that won’t happen if he is being asked to keep,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, January 18, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about error ) : “The outfield is bone-dry so I’d say it’s a schoolboy error that the water has seeped onto the pitch. Perhaps there are a few holes in the covers. It’s really disappointing preparation for an international game,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, January 6, 2020 7:05:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about error ) : "It's nothing but a school boy error. The 22-yard is a sacrosanct place and they have left a few holes in the cover as some amount of water seeped in. It is some amount of negligence. You can't have an excuse at this level," External link

news18 Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about error ) : "It's nothing but a schoolboy error. The 22-yard is a sacrosanct place and they have left a few holes in the cover as some amount of water seeping in. It is some amount of negligence. You can't have an excuse at this level," External link

newindianexpress Sunday, January 5, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about error ) : “It’s nothing but a school boy error. The 22-yard is a sacrosanct place and they have left a few holes in the cover as some amount of water seeped in. It is some amount of negligence. You can’t have an excuse at this level,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, January 5, 2020 9:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about error ) : “It’s nothing but a school boy error. The 22-yard is a sacrosanct place and they have left a few holes in the cover as some amount of water seeped in. It is some amount of negligence. You can’t have an excuse at this level,” External link

expressindia Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : "Deeply disturbing visuals from educational institutions across the country. Teary eyed. They are one of us. These kids are the future of this country. We don't make India great by silencing their voices with the use of force. You'll only turn them against India," External link

business-standard Monday, December 16, 2019 7:24:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : "Another fine example of the fact that growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional. Well played ????????," External link

dnaindia Friday, December 6, 2019 4:19:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Harbhajan Singh ) : "Hey Harbhajan Singh, looks like you're her inspiration...like a lot of other aspiring spinners in the country," External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, October 25, 2019 3:20:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote ( about Harbhajan Singh ) : “Hey Harbhajan Singh, looks like you’re her inspiration....like a lot of other aspiring spinners in the country,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:39:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “The idea is if you have that much depth in batting you bat a certain way. You can’t bat conservatively if you have that kind of depth. That is what England did. They changed the template completely. They focused on batting deep as they wanted to score 400 (in ODIs) and they achieved it many times,” External link

financialexpress Monday, September 16, 2019 1:54:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “Chahal will be back. Rahul Chahar is more or a bowler and Washington Sundar’s batting at number 8 may not be needed anyway,” External link

financialexpress Monday, September 16, 2019 1:54:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “The idea is if you have that much depth in batting you bat a certain way. You can’t bat conservatively if you have that kind of depth. That is what England did. They changed the template completely. They focused on batting deep as they wanted to score 400 (in ODIs) and they achieved it many times,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 16, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “It looks India is wanting to take the same aggressive approach in T20s and there is nothing wrong in that. Now, they need to start showing the intent of scoring 220 consistently. Batting till 8, 9 and 10 is still ambitious (as you don’t need them at all in a 20 over game) but if you are trying to score 220 it is fine,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 16, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “Chahal will be back. Rahul Chahar is more a bowler and Washington Sundar’s batting at number 8 may not be needed anyway,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 16, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : "The idea is if you have that much depth in batting you bat a certain way. You can't bat conservatively if you have that kind of depth. That is what England did. They changed the template completely. They focused on batting deep as they wanted to score 400 (in ODIs) and they achieved it many times," External link

business-standard Monday, September 16, 2019 1:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "Chahal will be back. Rahul Chahar is more or a bowler and Washington Sundar's batting at number 8 may not be needed anyway," External link

business-standard Monday, September 16, 2019 1:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “Give a call to Dhoni. See if he’s ready to take students ???? Dhoni Review System” External link

expressindia Sunday, September 15, 2019 7:23:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra recalled : “When I would speak to him about Delhi cricket, he would remind me about this boy doing well at U-19 level. At times I didn’t know who he was talking about because when we are playing Ranji Trophy you are busy about your career and game. For him Delhi cricket was much bigger than Ranji trophy,” External link

news18 Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:54:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I also had my knee surgery planned once, there was lot of back-and-forth because money was a concern. So I reached out to him and he said ‘Akash please don’t think about the money, whether we get it from insurance or elsewhere you do what you need to do. If you need something in advance we’ll pay that as well. Don’t let money come in way of good treatment’. That was the kind of person that he was,” External link

news18 Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:54:00 PM EAT



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Akash Chopra said : “Both of them should be played in my opinion. The opposition team is New Zealand and not an Asian team that plays spin better. Just bite the bullet is what I say, play five bowlers including Jaddu and Ashwin. Both can do well in English conditions also” External link

india Monday, June 7, 2021 7:37:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Both of them should be played in my opinion. The opposition team is New Zealand and not an Asian team that plays spin better. Just bite the bullet is what I say, play five bowlers including Jaddu and Ashwin. Both can do well in English conditions also," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, June 7, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra stated : "Both of them should be played in my opinion. The opposition team is New Zealand and not an Asian team that plays spin better. Just bite the bullet is what I say, play five bowlers including Jaddu and Ashwin. Both can do well in English conditions also," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, June 7, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about William Hussey ) : "It is a very interesting question. On the face of it, you want to win the WTC final. It is a big ICC event and you want to lift the trophy. Since it is happening for the first time, you will want to win this match and become the best team in the world. But I am ready to have the bitter taste in my mouth in the WTC final, no issues," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "Our team is good, if you lose one match, the team does not become bad. It is the No.1 team, they were No.1 in the points table and No.1 for the last five years as well," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "So if given a choice between this [WTC Final] and the England series, I will win the England series. It is a five-match series. It has been a long time, the last time we won was in 2007 under Dravid's captaincy but have not been able to conquer that frontier since then," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about William Hussey ) : "The 20-over World Cup is going to have twenty teams now. ICC was probably feeling the pressure of domestic T20 leagues and because of that, the T20 World Cup is going to have 55 matches. It is as big as an IPL," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:06:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "The 20 teams have been divided into four groups of five each. Each team will play against the other teams in the group. So, you have 40 matches here itself. The eight qualifying teams are again divided into two groups and then the semi-finals and the final," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:06:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "So, they are trying to give a fantastic T20 league every two years. But it is not a league, but a tournament which will be played by countries and not the franchises," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:06:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : "So, overall you will have 55 matches. This is going to be a lot - 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030. Whoever bids for the broadcast rights, will get four T20 World Cups," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:06:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Earlier there were only question marks over the availability of Australian and English cricketers. Now Bangladesh has also said that only two of their players play, but both of them will not be given the NOC. A couple of franchises are going to get hurt very very badly" External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "Shakib Al Hasan for all practical purposes is out. He will not be a part of the second half of the IPL. It is being heard that the other player, Mustafizur Rahman, will also not be allowed for the remaining IPL matches," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra asked : "If Shakib doesn't come, it will be a huge loss for Kolkata. Firstly, Pat Cummins has gone. For all practical purposes Eoin Morgan will also not be there and now Shakib Al Hasan, so quite a few of your main players are not there. So how will it work?" External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “KKR already have Lockie Ferguson. And in my opinion, if you have to pick one of them just as a T20 bowler, I will pick Lockie Ferguson ahead of him (Cummins). If Lockie is available and plays, it is absolutely fine. I don’t think they are going to miss Pat Cummins the bowler,” “His (Cummins’) performance has not been great as a bowler. If we talk about last year, he took just 12 wickets in 14 matches, and that was in the UAE, where the remaining matches will be played. The economy was okay, less than eight. This year also, he took only nine wickets in seven matches, and he was more expensive as well, almost nine runs per over,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 31, 2021 3:48:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “It could be Mark Wood. He is up there in my mind. He bowls very well; last time he had made himself unavailable, but if this time he makes himself available, then Mark Wood will be my option for the Kolkata Knight Riders,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 31, 2021 3:48:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Rahul Dravid ) : “I definitely agree, who will not agree with Rahul bhai. There is weight in what he has said, whenever India goes out these days, it is their best chance. To be fair, the chances had become less in Australia because of so many injuries but we won there as well. If you can win there with half a team, hardly eleven players who could be fielded, then to defeat England in England, I think this is a great opportunity,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 30, 2021 6:07:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “There is strength in the batting, the fast bowling is good and the spinners are doing well. I think if we can bat well, we will be fine. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara - the Indian batting will be dependent on these four pillars,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 30, 2021 6:07:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "If the final match is a draw, both the teams will be declared as the joint winners. I do understand that you do not want a tie-breaker but if it is a two-year-long tournament and still you cannot call a team the champion, it just does not sound right, personally it leaves a sour taste in the mouth," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:53:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Very seldom Test matches end in a draw nowadays and if there is a tinge of green on the wicket then it might also end in three and a half days but then again you could have a scenario where 450 overs are not enough. These are two very strong teams,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:53:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Chennai Super Kings will have MS Dhoni at the first number of course and they will do that as well. But if you ask Dhoni, he might himself say why they are retaining him because he may not be there for three years and why they want to block so much money on him. But then, that's how it is going to be. CSK and MS Dhoni are pretty much one and the same thing," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:14:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "If there is a new rule that there are no retentions, CSK will say they are absolutely fine, and that they will start from scratch because they don't have players to block 15-17 crores," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:14:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Don’t rule India out but it is 55-45 in favour of New Zealand. Although they are No.2 in the Test rankings and play well at home when we talk about Southampton, they can play slightly better than us in these conditions in the first half of the English summer,” External link

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Akash Chopra added : “They [New Zealand] would have already played two Tests there. So, there is a slight difference. The heart is Indian and will say that we will defeat them but we are not able to go to New Zealand and defeat them,” External link

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Akash Chopra said : "The chances of their progressing would have been better if AB de Villiers was there but if he is not there, it is impossible to get a player of his quality. The team still has good players but is it a team that can win the World Cup, I personally don't think so," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 23, 2021 11:46:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “It was as if he was an Indian,” External link

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Akash Chopra said : "If we see Indian cricket's immediate span, Dhoni, Kohli, and Rohit are the three players who cause a roar when they enter the ground. I saw a similar standing ovation given to AB de Villiers before the match. It was as if he was an Indian," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 21, 2021 5:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about De Villiers ) : "The kind of love and affection, and the admiration he has generated in Indian hearts. There are a few moments that get etched in your mind, which remain with you forever. This was such a moment which happened to me with regards to AB de Villiers during an India-South Africa match in Dharamsala," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 21, 2021 5:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "But his T20I numbers, he has played 75 matches which are quite a few, but only 1672 runs in that at an average of 26 and a strike rate of 135. He did not hit a century and ten half-centuries. But if you see T20s, there is a difference of chalk and cheese between his T20I and T20 numbers. He is a runaway match-winner in T20s, he was the same player in Tests and ODIs but for whatever reason his performances for South Africa in T20Is were not that good," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 21, 2021 5:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “The biggest loss will be for Sunrisers Hyderabad as David Warner will not be available if the IPL happens after World T20. Steve Smith will not be available but it might not be that big a loss for the Delhi Capitals because Shreyas Iyer will be back there and then they can play Nortje to have a better balance,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Avesh Khan has been a revelation. He has stood up and gotten counted again and again. He showed that he cannot be taken lightly. Right from the first match, you will see that Avesh Khan performed consistently well. Whether it was the new ball or the old one, whether it was the middle overs or the death overs, he has been very, very good,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:03:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “He took the huge wickets. He dismissed Faf du Plessis, Dhoni and Kohli. He consistently and regularly felled the best player in the opposition line-up. So, he was a huge contributor in Delhi Capitals’ success,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:03:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “If he [Prithvi Shaw] continues batting like this, I feel, he will have to be considered for the World T20. You just cannot ignore him now because of the kind of form he has shown, the kind of runs he has put, and the fashion in which he has scored those runs,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 18, 2021 5:38:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Cameron Bancroft ) : “Actually, I am with Cameron Bancroft. He has not said it, it is ‘self-explanatory’ that everyone knew it. At least, the bowlers definitely knew for sure that when the ball came in the hand, it has been scratched more and the wear and tear are not looking natural,” “The fact is I refuse to believe that the rest of the players of the Australian team, especially the bowlers, it is possible an odd fringe player who is a batsman might not have known that sandpaper was being used, but if the bowlers don't know that the ball is being tampered with and the condition is being changed, it means you are not telling the truth,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 17, 2021 2:15:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "The big change that has been seen happening - in 2019 they were getting hit a lot in the death overs, in 2020 that graph started going lower and in 2021 it went further down. That means while you were conceding 12-13 runs per over till 2019, now you have gone under 10, that too when Harshal Patel bowled two very expensive overs. That means you are doing a lot of things right. He further went on to credit Harshal Patel as the reason behind RCB's improvement in the death overs. " External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 17, 2021 6:27:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I feel RCB did not utilize Washington Sundar properly as a bowler. You can get him to bowl more but you are not doing that," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 8:27:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra observed : "Yuzvendra Chahal's form was a concern. He took just a couple of wickets in the season till now. If he is not taking wickets and you are giving him less bowling, that's not going to work for RCB in the long run," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 8:27:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "AB de Villiers is a genius. It is because all of us were saying that he should be batted up the order because the more deliveries you give him, the more impact he will have. But RCB was sending him at No.5. If you are sending him at No.5, how will the team and he do well? But AB de Villiers said it does not matter to him whether you play him at No.5 or in Mars, he will be absolutely fine," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 8:27:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "AB de Villiers is a genius. It is because all of us were saying that he should be batted up the order because the more deliveries you give him, the more impact he will have. But RCB was sending him at No.5. If you are sending him at No.5, how will the team and he do well? But AB de Villiers said it does not matter to him whether you play him at No.5 or in Mars, he will be absolutely fine," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra pointed out : "The knock he played against KKR was an absolute belter of an innings. He hit a flurry of fours and sixes while no one was able to score runs on that ground in the last four overs. But it was the class of AB de Villiers, who delivered once again," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "One thing I liked a lot was MS Dhoni's captaincy. We could see a change in his captaincy from last year to this year. Last year we saw Dhoni, he had only five bowlers at the start and he made changes quickly," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "Ruturaj didn't score runs and he was dropped. Narayan Jagadeesan was dropped, players were getting dropped very quickly. But this time in seven encounters, seven Indians played continuously. He did not change a single Indian player," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "There was a vast difference between IPL 2020 and IPL 2021. CSK played like a Dad's Army in 2020 and everyone got the superpowers as soon as 2021 came. The kings had become the Super Kings. Such a transformation can happen in six months, I and a lot of my friends had not thought so. But this team showed that," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "The first thing that has changed for CSK is their six-hitting ability. If we talk about 2020, it is not that they played only in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, they played in Sharjah as well but were not hitting the sixes," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "When the first encounters were in the small Wankhede ground and after that they went to Delhi, it was in our mind that Chennai will be stuck because who will hit the sixes. I thought this team will not qualify because of this reason," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Rajasthan Royals will be the most concerned. They have Buttler, Stokes and Archer. Stokes and Archer had gone because of injuries but when it happens later, they will become fit but will not be available,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 14, 2021 3:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “The second team who will be at a loss is CSK. If white-ball cricket is happening at the time, Moeen Ali and Sam Curran will not be available. Moeen Ali was being played at No.3 and bowling a little bit. You get Sam Curran to bowl with the new ball and at the death and promote him in the batting order at times,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 14, 2021 3:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “Shikhar Dhawan is continuously upgrading his software for the past two years and his batting has been brilliant,” External link

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Akash Chopra explained : “Hardik Pandya will be the vice-captain of this team. Then Krunal Pandya – he did well against England,” External link

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Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “Shikhar Dhawan the captain because we have seen in the last two years that he is upgrading his software and batting with great responsibility. Along with him, I am picking Prithvi Shaw. The form we have seen from him, I feel he should be the front-runner in this race,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:11:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Navdeep Saini has also been kept in cold storage. Neither India is playing him nor RCB. But I will keep him in my team because he was part of the team when India went to Australia and played a Test match also,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:11:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : "I have kept KL Rahul first. He played three big knocks, which includes two nineties and a 60-odd. All three of them came in a winning cause, so whenever he scored runs his team won. He played at a good strike rate as well. Along with him is Shikhar Dhawan and he has the Orange Cap on his head. The maturity with which he has started playing, this is the upgraded version of Shikhar Dhawan which we have seen from the last IPL," "I have kept Faf at No.3. He opened for his team but I have kept him at No.3. He has been consistent and played in a destructive fashion. CSK's revival wouldn't have happened without him," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 11, 2021 2:35:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “I have kept KL Rahul first. He played three big knocks, which includes two nineties and a 60-odd. All three of them came in a winning cause, so whenever he scored runs his team won. He played at a good strike rate as well. Along with him is Shikhar Dhawan and he has the Orange Cap on his head. The maturity with which he has started playing, this is the upgraded version of Shikhar Dhawan which we have seen from the last IPL,” External link

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Akash Chopra added ( about Glenn Maxwell ) : “I have kept Faf at No.3. He opened for his team but I have kept him at No.3. He has been consistent and played in a destructive fashion. CSK’s revival wouldn’t have happened without him. At No.4, I have kept Glenn Maxwell. He scored the difficult runs. His performance in the first five matches was outstanding. I have kept AB de Villiers at No.5. His innings in Ahmedabad was fantastic and the knock against KKR in Chennai was one of the finest you would see in the IPL. At No.6, I have kept Pant. I know it is too low down the order but you can promote him if a left-hander is required to be sent. I will get him to keep and not AB,” External link

india Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I have picked Faf du Plessis first. He has batted amazingly well, scored runs consistently and at a good pace. I think with him will be Jos Buttler. His real form was seen in the 124-run knock against SRH. He was a little hot and cold before that but it was not that he was getting out for five runs. I have kept Moeen Ali at No.3. He made good contributions when he was sent to bat at No.3. At No.4, I have got Glenn Maxwell. RCB started to play him at No.4. We thought he will get stuck on the Chennai pitch but he batted well," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 9, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Andre Roussel ) : "At No.7, I have got Andre Russell. One day when they were 31/5, he demolished the attack. He took wickets as well and even took five wickets in an innings against Mumbai," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 9, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “One thing is certain that if he is not there in the WTC final, it’s fine but if Pandya name is not there even for the five Tests against England, it’s clear that Hardik Pandya may not be seen in Test cricket for a long while,” External link

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Akash Chopra said : “There is an issue with his bowling. The captain also said sometime back that they are managing his workload, so that we can keep him safe for Test cricket,” “The next day itself Hardik had given a statement that he does not want to play Test cricket at the moment because the situation of his back is very bad and he doesn’t want to bowl. So, this is a statement on Hardik Pandya’s immediate Test career that he will not be considered now, which is completely understandable if he is not bowling” External link

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Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "One thing is certain that if he is not there in the WTC final, it's fine but if his name is not there even for the five Tests against England, it's clear that Hardik Pandya may not be seen in Test cricket for a long while," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 9, 2021 6:27:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "If I was Prithvi Shaw, I would be slightly surprised and disappointed. I'd actually be thinking you haven't given me so many opportunities. Since Adelaide Test when I got out for 0 and 2, I have not played a single Test," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 8, 2021 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : "I was reading Sourav Ganguly's interview and the first thing that is coming to mind is air travel. Air travel has been an issue. In the UAE, you were traveling by road. Air travel is a tricky bit, you asked for tarmac to tarmac access but you didn't get it everywhere," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "Secondly in the UAE, the numbers were stacked in favor of the IPL. Here the numbers were stacked against the IPL. As the IPL was progressing the numbers were going through the roof. In the end, it is a game of odds, if the positivity has gone so high, it is easy to seep in," "Practice grounds, that's another issue. If you are going to multiple grounds for practice and the groundsmen there are not in a quarantine, which is difficult to do everywhere in India. If you see the ground in Palam or Roshnara, the groundsmen don't stay there and the Delhi numbers were absolutely through the roof" External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 8, 2021 11:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Personally, even Kuldeep Yadav’s exclusion is a little harsh. He has not played too much cricket, so to make the formal opinion that he does not make the cut, I feel that he is a little hard done by,” External link

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Akash Chopra added ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “He bowled only one Test against England, on a raging turner. Picked up a couple of wickets at the end. Did not play the pink-ball Test. Now he is not playing the entire series. Not just the WTC final, but also the five-match Test series against England. In Covid times, you have the luxury of playing larger squads, so why not Kuldeep Yadav,” External link

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Akash Chopra said : "Personally, even Kuldeep Yadav's exclusion is a little harsh. He has not played too much cricket, so to make the formal opinion that he does not make the cut, I feel that he is a little hard done by," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, May 8, 2021 9:10:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "At No.1 is my favorite bowling performance of the season so far, I have picked Harshal Patel. It came in the first match against Mumbai (5/27). You have a four-over spell and there if you take five wickets, that too while coming at the end. He bowled very good slower ones and perfect yorkers," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra stated : "Second on my list is Harpreet Brar. He took three wickets while giving 19 runs, but who were those three wickets. He conceded 10 runs in his first over and then a boundary off the first ball of his second over. And then you dismiss Kohli, Maxwell and AB de Villiers, which was the icing on the cake," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded ( about Eoin Morgan ) : "At No.6, is the performance of Deepak's brother. It was in the same KKR vs MI match. KKR was not chasing a huge score and there Rahul Chahar took four wickets which included Eoin Morgan and Nitish Rana. Everyone was trying to play shots and getting stuck in his web," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra observed : "At No.3, I have picked Deepak Chahar's 4/13 vs Punjab. First he dismissed Mayank Agarwal, it was an outstanding ball. After that he dismissed Chris Gayle and Hooda in his four wickets. It was game, set and match," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Andre Roussel ) : "At No.5 I have kept Andre Russell who took 5/15 against the Mumbai Indians, that too in two overs. He went round the stumps and kept bowling wide with the angle and dismissed everyone one by one," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "At No.4, I have kept Chris Morris' four-wicket spell against KKR while conceding just 23 runs. Kolkata is a dangerous team and Rajasthan did not have Jofra. So you keep looking towards Morris but will he bowl at the start, middle and then at the end. He did all of that," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "The Mumbai Indians don't need to make changes but are still doing that. They will do something here as well. I feel they might make Jimmy Neesham sit out and bring Nathan Coulter-Nile back," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "They might think about playing Jayant Yadav because if Nathan Coulter-Nile comes back, there is no need of Dhawal Kulkarni and they can play another spinner," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "The Mumbai Indians can think about playing Ishan Kishan at No.4. Krunal Pandya is a fantastic player but if you want to play someone only for batting at No.4, then Ishan Kishan is a better choice in my opinion," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Mohammad Nabi ) : "The sun has set for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Their captain has changed but not their fortunes. They have won just one of their seven encounters. They changed the combination and played Nabi with Rashid," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:45:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "But they didn't make him bowl at all and got very little batting as well because he came too low down. I mean it was as good as playing with three overseas players. Bhuvi was back but the form was missing for the other players," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:45:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Shikhar Dhawan has activated beast mode. What we are seeing from him this year, we have generally not seen that. He tries to hit at the start if Prithvi gets out. If Prithvi is playing, he takes the back seat and allows him to hit,” “As soon as Prithvi gets out, he changes his gear. He allows Steve Smith to play at run-a-ball to let him regain his form. And he stays there for a long while, he tries his best to stay unbeaten till the end which does not happen every time,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 3, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “The Orange Cap is on his head and the way he is playing, I feel no one will be able to snatch it away from him. Earlier mistakes used to happen in between, at times the start was slow but now he is pacing it so well as if he knows the pace of the game like the back of his hand,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 3, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “His innings and his maturity, the way he has been batting, he is just sensational. This is the 2.0 version of Shikhar Dhawan, which started in the last IPL, with both the strike rate and consistency up,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 3, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “You should continue to play Jayant, keep the rest also the same and get Ishan Kishan instead of Krunal. Ishan looked alright in Chennai also, he was not doing that bad. Other than that, I don’t see the scope of any other change in this team,” External link

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Akash Chopra added : "The Rajasthan Royals' fortunes will not change with personnel changes. Things can change if the batsmen become more consistent else I see this team struggling a lot," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 24, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Soft signals have been taken away from IPL this year. There was no soft signal here, otherwise, he could have been out for all we know,” External link

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Akash Chopra said ( about Rohit Sharma ) : "It was (a wonderful performance). He played the first game, got dropped for the next two and now, he’s got another game. Of course, he is a match-winner. He is a proven customer and has taken the wicket (of Rohit Sharma in the past)," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 21, 2021 11:38:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Soft signals have been taken away from IPL this year. There was no soft signal here, otherwise, he could have been out for all we know,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 21, 2021 9:55:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Mayank Aggarwal ) : "When Mayank Agarwal got out, KL Rahul was required to accelerate a little, something he did in the first match. He had missed out on a century, but the acceleration was there. Here also the expectation was that he would hit. He did not do that, and when he looks back, he will regret a little because the finish was not strong," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 19, 2021 12:27:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Chris Gayle ) : "Gayle was also dismissed after that. You wanted to score 60-70 runs in the last five overs. You didn't score those many, and because of that you didn't reach around 220, where you should have probably reached," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 19, 2021 12:27:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Both the teams have a problem that they want to pick two fast bowlers in their four overseas players but will they be able to do that. Punjab wants to play both Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, they have spent that much money for them," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 12, 2021 2:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "So they have KL Rahul, Gayle, Mayank and Pooran as the top four. After that Deepak Hooda, Sarfaraz/Shahrukh or probably Moises Henriques if they are concerned about their batting. Then both the leg-spinners, Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi, and two pacers with Shami. Arshdeep can play if they don't play both the overseas fast bowlers," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 12, 2021 2:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : "So when I see Rajasthan's team, Buttler, Stokes and Samson makes it three, after that Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube and Rahul Tewatia, this is the middle order I am looking at unless they put Livingstone or Miller there. Bowling will have Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Chris Morris and Jaydev Unadkat," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 12, 2021 2:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "The contest to watch out for, I mean the box-office contest which you will pay to watch and is the best vs best and that is Bumrah vs Kohli. Kohli is coming in good form while Bumrah is coming after a break," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 9, 2021 10:42:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded ( about Virat Kohli ) : "Generally Virat does not get out like that, he keeps his ego aside. But against Bumrah he has tried to hit him and got out while playing a bad shot. So, that's the contest I am looking forward to watch," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 9, 2021 10:42:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Virat Kohli ) : "As soon as Kohli comes to bat, the captain Rohit gives Bumrah the ball and he bowls bouncers and has got him out two-three times while playing the pull shot," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 9, 2021 10:42:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "It is a difficult task to pick their ideal XI. It is not the case always but this time it is difficult. Who will open with Warner? I will say to make Saha open because he batted brilliantly last year as well and he will have the fire burning in the belly that he needs to do something. And he is selfless, he is absolutely a team player," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:53:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Jason Holder ) : "At seven and eight, I will have Rashid and Nabi because you are playing your first few encounters in Chennai and then Delhi. So spin will be of use in both these places. So there might not be a place for Jason Holder. Rashid and Nabi are four-over banks and can hit the long ball," External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:53:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “This team has a lot of strengths. This is one of my favourite sides, which looks strong on paper. They can give competition to the Mumbai Indians. They have all the bases covered in terms of their balance,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Number two their bowling. Of course, it is one of the finest in the IPL. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, now they have Chris Woakes also available. Along with that Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Avesh Khan - so they have quite a few Indian fast bowlers,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “After that, you have Ashwin, Axar and Mishra. This is a phenomenal bowling attack. Marcus Stoinis also does a good job, he does both things. So that's another huge strength is what I see and they are littered with match-winners. So, DC has a lot to smile about,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "At No.7 you have got Washington Sundar, at No.8 you have got Kyle Jamieson, at No.9 you have got Chahal and then two fast bowlers - Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini. Jamieson, Dan Christian, Maxwell, and AB will make the four overseas players," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I will be going with KL Rahul and Gayle as the openers, Mayank Agarwal at No.3, Pooran at No.4, Hooda at No.5, and Moises Henriques at No.6. You should please play Henriques as he will add that balance to your side," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 5, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "At No.7, you can have anyone. You can play Shahrukh, Mandeep, or Sarfaraz - whoever you play it won't make any difference. But if you have this kind of batting, you can play with a lot of freedom, something that they should do this season," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 5, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Mohamed Chami ) : "Then four bowlers - Ashwin, Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, and Jhye Richardson. This will be my team, if you feel that you need to play one less spinner, you have Arshdeep as an option available," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 5, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about David Warner ) : "He (David Warner) is a very strong player. Although let's be honest, his first nine matches will be on grounds which might not suit him that much, but he won't be affected by that. He's got this unique ability that despite being an Australian, he adapts to Indian conditions as if he's making his Tik Tok videos. You'll once again find him scoring 400-500 runs. We saw last year that he can change his gears and play carefully which is what's required early on this season," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, April 4, 2021 1:15:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Rohit Sharma ) : "Which team has this kind of Indian core, you will not get one of this quality anywhere because you may not find a better batsman than Rohit Sharma in white-ball cricket, a better bowler than Bumrah, and a better all-rounder than Hardik. Krunal is matching him shoulder to shoulder, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have been absolute revelations," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 2, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : "The third thing is that they have one of the finest fast bowling attacks. They have Bumrah, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Dhawal Kulkarni. Only one team can match their fast bowling repertoire and that is Delhi, who have Nortje and Kagiso Rabada. But they also don't have an Indian replacement for Bumrah because there is only one Bumrah and Bhuvi is with Sunrisers Hyderabad," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 2, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Rohit Sharma ) : "Their second huge strength is Rohit Sharma's captaincy. He is 24-carat-gold, the best-cut diamond who knows very well how to read the game. From his face you will not be able to figure out which way the match is heading, he remains a little poker-faced but the good thing is he has the ability to control the flow of the game, which is easier said than done," External link

HindustanTimes Friday, April 2, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Rashid Khan ) : “I am going with Rashid Khan. His chances of picking the most wickets are bright this season. Amongst the fast bowlers, you could look at Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "You are required to score high in Mumbai. The first innings winning score is nearly 180. So, they'll have to play a different brand of cricket there. If Chennai Super Kings can win three of their first five games in Mumbai, I believe that will be a big achievement. My prediction is that they might not start very well," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:58:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "They should be alright in Delhi because it's a small ground and it (the wicket) assists the spinner a lot. The ball turns and also keeps low at times. The pitch will suit their brand of cricket," External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:58:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Robin Uthappa ) : “They may play Robin Uthappa and Ruturaj Gaikwad who have decent numbers in domestic cricket. Faf du Plessis will also fine. But what about the remaining four. That will be a challenge. Hitting the ground running is a challenge,” “When you play in Mumbai, you won’t have the privilege to take your time and play. If the team wants to score big – like a score of 180 – all the top batters need to hit continuously from the beginning. And that is something I see going against them,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I would suggest CSK promote Ravindra Jadeja up the order and let him bat a bit more. Mahendra Singh Dhoni shall play well too. But Raina is the critical cog. If he hits the ground running, CSK will be fine. And if not, since he hasn’t played for quite a long time now, CSK, I feel, will struggle this season and that’s not a good thing,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Hardik Pandya seems like a proper batsman to me now, honestly. I don’t see him as an all-rounder or finisher at all. If you bat him up the order, he will score a century as well if he gets enough balls. If you see his shots today, nine out of ten times you will see cricketing shots and wherever he tries to hit the ball, he has prepared so well for those shots that his execution is amazingly good,” External link

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Akash Chopra concluded : “There is a specific game plan that he will go deep inside the crease against fast bowlers and keep his weight forward despite that, so that he is not off-position while playing the shots. He has been consistently scoring runs, whether it is spin or fast bowling and was actually upset that he got out at the wrong time. If he had kept on playing, 390 was also possible,” External link

news18 Tuesday, March 30, 2021 7:56:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “You can try what you want in fast bowling but in the spin department you should please play both Kuldeep and Chahal because if you don’t play them here also, then what will Kuldeep do. You don’t play him in the Tests or T20s, if you don’t play him in the ODIs also then what’s the point,” External link

news18 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 3:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra asked ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “The question that comes to my mind is that if Navdeep Saini was in the T20I team, then why not the ODI team. He didn’t play a single match, Deepak Chahar is another name. Axar Patel is in the Test and T20I teams but not in the ODIs, why so?,” External link

news18 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 3:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “Shikhar Dhawan should definitely open in all three matches in my opinion because he plays only one format now, so you should give him the chance to open,” External link

news18 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 3:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “You can try what you want in fast bowling but in the spin department you should please play both Kuldeep and Chahal because if you don't play them here also, then what will Kuldeep do. You don't play him in the Tests or T20s, if you don't play him in the ODIs also then what's the point,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra asked ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “The question that comes to my mind is that if Navdeep Saini was in the T20I team, then why not the ODI team. He didn't play a single match, Deepak Chahar is another name. Axar Patel is in the Test and T20I teams but not in the ODIs, why so?,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “Shikhar Dhawan should definitely open in all three matches in my opinion because he plays only one format now, so you should give him the chance to open,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Bhuvneshwar Kumar back to full fitness...Hardik bowling full quota of overs. SKY and Ishan making the most of their chances. Thakur picking crucial wickets. Not to forget Iyer batting out of position and delivering. Major positives from the series," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, March 22, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "One hundred percent. If India has to win the 2021 World Cup, it is necessary for Bumrah and Bhuvi to do well. Bumrah is evergreen, he did not have any injury issue. He has been bowling well and his workload is being managed," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, March 22, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "One hundred percent. If India has to win the 2021 World Cup, it is necessary for Bumrah and Bhuvi to do well. Bumrah is evergreen, he did not have any injury issue. He has been bowling well and his workload is being managed," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, March 21, 2021 2:14:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "We were waiting eagerly when Bhuvi will come, the ball will swing and he will take the wickets. He might have taken only four wickets in the series, today he took two wickets but his bowling was sensational and we can say that Bhuvi is back," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, March 21, 2021 2:14:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : "He does not have any other option. As they say if you are pushed into the water, you don't have any other option but to swim as the other option is to drown. So he has to bat at whatever position given to him," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "Shreyas Iyer is making the best use of the opportunity given to him but it is not the best number for him and it is slightly a problem of their own making because there are so many top-order batsmen that even Kohli is not getting to bat at his preferred batting slot," "It is probably working here because he batted well and he got more chances as well because you lost a lot of early wickets. But generally, you don't lose so many wickets early in T20 cricket in which case the No.6 batsman will not be utilised at all because you will push him further down and send Hardik Pandya ahead of him" External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “And Yuzi Chahal… I feel was slightly hard done by. I would have played him today come what may. Yes, he was expensive in the last few games, I’d have still played him,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Like KL Rahul, Chahal is also your primary player when you look at the preparations, you want to focus, rather invest on a lot of players. If KL Rahul is one of them the batting department, in the bowling department Chahal is your guy,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:46:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Virat Kohli ) : “That was a masterclass and that’s what you expect from Virat Kohli. He knows how to pace the innings. I think the first 20-25 odd balls, he had scored 20 odd runs, less than a run-a-ball because wickets were falling at the other end. That was the need of the hour,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:28:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "You will have to access the surface first because you can’t really go talking in town about how you’re going to play without really accessing the pitch. In this team, I’m still wondering who was the guy who delivered the message to Suryakumar Yadav that after your debut, and not getting to bat, you’re not playing the next game," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:08:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If we start asking questions about a runaway match-winner after just two low-scores, we aren’t going to build a team that’ll win the World Cup. If it’s Rahul today, it’ll be Ishan tomorrow…Pant day after. And then…will have a team of insecure players,” External link

news18 Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:08:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If we start asking questions about a runaway match-winner after just two low-scores, we aren’t going to build a team that’ll win the World Cup. If it’s Rahul today, it’ll be Ishan tomorrow...Pant day after. And then...will have a team of insecure players,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 16, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "78 Test matches for 400 Test wickets. Let the naysayers be! He's been absolutely phenomenal with the craft that he has displayed over a period of time and as he's growing as a bowler, he's picking a lot of wickets. So, that question mark is also getting answered quite nicely," External link

HindustanTimes Monday, March 8, 2021 3:24:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “78 Test matches for 400 Test wickets. Let the naysayers be! He’s been absolutely phenomenal with the craft that he has displayed over a period of time and as he’s growing as a bowler, he’s picking a lot of wickets. So, that question mark is also getting answered quite nicely,” External link

india Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:46:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Anil Kumble ) : “So, that question mark is also getting answered quite nicely. I feel that he’s an absolute Rockstar. He’s one of the biggest match-winners, that India has ever produced, of course Anil Kumble will still remain at No.1,” External link

india Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:46:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "78 Test matches for 400 Test wickets. Let the naysayers be! He's been absolute phenomenal with the craft that he has displayed over a period of time and as he's growing as a bowler, he's picking a lot of wickets. So, that question mark is also getting answered quite nicely," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "78 Test matches for 400 Test wicket. Let the naysayers be. He's been absolute phenomenal with the craft that he has displayed over a period of time and as he's growing as a bowler; he’s picking a lot of wickets," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra explained ( about Anil Kumble ) : "That question mark is also getting answered quite nicely. I feel that he's an absolute Rockstar. He's one of the biggest match winners that India has ever produced, of course Anil Kumble will still remain at No.1," External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Rishabh Pant has made a comeback and I think he will play. You should play him in T20s, let him keep wickets instead of KL Rahul. It’ll be good for the team,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, February 22, 2021 1:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Ishan Kishan’s performance has been brilliant. He has been scoring runs consistently and if we talk about IPL 2020 then he overshadowed some of the big names of Mumbai Indians. Hit big sixes against some of the best like Anrich Nortje, Rabada and batted beautifully,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, February 22, 2021 1:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Manish Pandey ) : “Manish Pandey’s name usually features (in Indian limited-overs teams). This brings a question mark over his (international) career because he anyway doesn’t get many chances in the XI and now you are again looking at Pant and other options,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Manish Pandey ) : “Two big names which are missing are of Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey. Samson did get his chance with the bat but it did not go well for him. And that’s the problem of T20. It’s very difficult to do well in that format. So Samson has paid the price. He showed glimpses of what he can do but he couldn’t carry on,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Mohamed Chami ) : “Shami has started to bowl again but he has been rested probably because the T20s are back to back. The turn around time for 5 T20s are quite less,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “They have also got the only Tendulkar perhaps money can buy because the other Tendulkar never came at the auction. Arjun was available, they bought him,” External link

india Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:18:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Arjun Tendulkar ) : “They have also got the only Tendulkar perhaps money can buy because the other Tendulkar never came at the auction. Arjun was available, they bought him,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, February 19, 2021 5:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “They have just one overseas spot. I feel they should have released a few more players so that they could give themselves a chance. Since they have not done that, only one overseas can be picked which will be a top-order batsman. So, either Shakib, Maxwell or Moeen - there can be only one out of the three, not even two out of these three,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 18, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Glenn Maxwell ) : "I feel that Glenn Maxwell, yes, Glenn Maxwell, once again, will be the most expensive buy in this mini-auction. It might be mini for a lot of people, but it will be max for Maxwell," External link

business-standard Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:05:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra says ( about Ishant Sharma ) : "Highly impressed with ECB's rotation policy to manage the workload of players especially the bowlers. Was expecting Bumrah to get the rest but have a feeling that Ishant should also be managed in the best possible way. You cannot put a lot of pressure on your senior-most bowler," External link

expressindia Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:38:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about James Anderson ) : “The Indian batsmen should not take James Anderson lightly. He may not have the pace and penetration that he used to have in 2012 but he has the ability and the brains to take wickets. The Indian batsmen will have to watch the seam closely and commit themselves on the front foot,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, February 5, 2021 8:12:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about James Anderson ) : “You will have to believe that all balls will be pitched up where you will have to come on the front foot. He will not let the batsmen leave the balls in these conditions and make them play. I will say that you should stand outside the crease when James Anderson bowls so that you force him to bowl short because he does not have the pace to push you back by bowling bouncers,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, February 5, 2021 8:12:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra observed : “He is not only looking for leg-before but setting you up by bringing the balls in and then bowling the leg-cutter where you will get the outside edge and the keeper stands further up in such situations nowadays. So, you will have to be wary of him,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, February 5, 2021 8:12:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Except for the pink-ball Test match, you will not need fast bowlers. We can play with two fast bowlers and three spinners. We can a hundred percent do that in Chennai. So why would I try Hardik Pandya now and put so much workload on him, this is the World Cup year, I don't want to get him injured again,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 4, 2021 1:55:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “If that was the case, he would have been asked to stay back in Australia because there could have been a need there and it was required as well. If they didn't keep him there, then here I don't think so,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 4, 2021 1:55:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “This is the first time I am seeing that a team needs even fewer players than the Mumbai Indians. They just have to fill three slots, including one overseas. They have kept both Holder and Marsh which I believe is wrong,” External link

india Tuesday, February 2, 2021 8:38:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "The interesting thing is that the Mumbai Indians have changed their entire fast bowling attack. Malinga has retired, they have let go of Pattinson who was his replacement and they have let Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell McClenaghan also go," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, January 31, 2021 11:37:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "They will need at least two overseas fast bowlers now after leaving out so many. They don't have a backup for Boult and have a vacant fast bowler's spot also. If Mitchell Starc comes for 8-10 crores, then Bumrah and Starc will be a fantastic pair. But I don't think the Mumbai Indians will be able to acquire Mitchell Starc, if he puts his name," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, January 31, 2021 11:37:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “They need a backup for Russell, a player who can do two things because when Russell gets injured then the whole scenario changes. They could go for Cameron Green or Moises Henriques as a backup for Russell if they are looking for fast-bowling all-rounders,” External link

india Saturday, January 30, 2021 10:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Moeen Ali ) : “They could also go for Moeen Ali or Shakib, who are spinning all-rounders. Shakib has also played earlier from this franchise. So they may want to take one out of these four and an overseas top-order batsman if they want. Apart from Malan, they have the option of Roy and Finch,” External link

india Saturday, January 30, 2021 10:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "KKR have Tim Seifert as an option to open with Shubman Gill. But they could look towards Dawid Malan. With Morgan as the captain, I think they will have a greater interest in Malan. Otherwise, they have Tripathi and Nitish Rana has also opened a few times," "Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell's form will be critical to their success. Their batting at No.5 and No.6 has to be super-hit for this team to do well. Their team is looking perfectly fine but they will be looking for Indian batsmen. They have Shubman Gill, Rana, Tripathi and Karthik, which is not too bad. They have Rinku Singh as backup whom they do not give matches," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I want KKR to announce Shubman Gill as their vice-captain at the auction. This is the last mini-auction before a mega-auction. So, my first name for retention will be Shubman Gill. They should build their team around him," External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “As the deadline for the IPL Player Retention process approaches, I feel now would be the right time for CSK to shed their ‘Dad’s Army’ tag and introduce young talent in the team,” External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, January 20, 2021 5:24:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “On paper, Rajasthan Royals feels like one of the most complete teams in the IPL, but on the field, the team has failed to impress even its staunch supporters,” External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, January 20, 2021 5:24:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “As the deadline for the IPL Player Retention process approaches, I feel now would be the right time for CSK to shed their ‘Dad’s Army’ tag and introduce young talent in the team. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has relied heavily on senior players who have performed in the past, but he along with the CSK think-tank need to change their strategy. They would certainly need to retain last year’s match-winners like Ambati Rayudu, Shardul Thakur and Ruturaj Gaikwad,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:44:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “RCB on the other hand, looks like they have finally found a balanced squad. Mike Hesson, at the helm of affairs, has proven to be very effective for the team. Like almost every other team, even RCB have few players who can be released. With Parthiv Patel’s voluntary retirement, the team management can also look at moving away from Umesh Yadav, Shivam Dube and Moeen Ali,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:44:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “Wishing @therealkapildev a very happy birthday Pray for good health and happiness,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “It looks like Prithvi Shaw is not going to get a chance in the second match. And I can totally understand because he has not scored the runs and his confidence is down. If the team says it is short-term and it doesn’t mean he will not be considered in the future, they can definitely do that. They should play someone who is in the right mental space and who they feel can provide a good start,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, December 25, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “So Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Shubman Gill, whoever fails here, is going to be dropped for the third Test. I feel Ajinkya Rahane should come to bat at No.4. At No.5, you can play KL Rahul or Shubman Gill. Rahul and Shubman Gill will definitely be playing the Melbourne Test,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, December 25, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Yuvraj Singh ) : “If you look at India’s golden period in white-ball cricket, MS Dhoni had Yuvraj Singh with him. There is no better finisher in the world better than Dhoni, but he too needed someone. You cannot be a finisher all by yourself,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, December 9, 2020 4:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “Rishabh Pant needed to understand this whenever he had the opportunity, he had to understand that the way he was getting out and whether he was able to finish the match or not. He has not made full use of the chances that he got and he only has himself to blame at this point in time,” External link

india Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra recalled : “Wriddhiman Saha has been keeping for India A in the practice game against Australia A. It means that Rishabh Pant has even lost his spot in Test cricket. At one point in time, he was India’s first-choice wicketkeeper across all three formats. He was also sent to the 2019 World Cup as a replacement,” External link

india Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “Rishabh Pant needed to understand this whenever he had the opportunity, he had to understand that the way he was getting out and whether he was able to finish the match or not. He has not made full use of the chances that he got and he only has himself to blame at this point in time,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:13:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Wriddhiman Saha has been keeping for India A in the practice game against Australia A. It means that Rishabh Pant has even lost his spot in Test cricket. At one point in time, he was India’s first-choice wicketkeeper across all three formats. He was also sent to the 2019 World Cup as a replacement,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:13:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “If things have turned out to be this bad for him, he is still young and will get chances to bounce back. But he will have to be a bit harsh on himself that he did not make the most of his chances,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:13:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Rohit Sharma ) : “If you need to score more than 350, then you need Rohit Sharma, especially in a run chase,” External link

news18 Tuesday, December 1, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If we look at the Indian bowling, it’s clear that we are unable to pick wickets with the new ball. How much time has gone? In the last three consecutive ODI matches, India has conceded a 100-run partnership at the top between the two openers,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, November 30, 2020 12:28:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Stephen Smith ) : “Although we saw Hardik Pandya bowling but it was too late. He took a wicket as well, he dismissed Steve Smith. But if your top bowlers don’t take wickets, what will the 6th, 7th or 8th option do,” “So, this is a problem which is getting magnified by the lack of an all-rounder but first of all, how many of them do we have? And even if they available, where will you play them? If you don’t take wickets at the top, it is not going to help in the middle, doesn’t matter how many all-rounders you play,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, November 30, 2020 12:28:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “My heart says that KL Rahul should open because the sort of player he is, he scores hundreds and in my opinion, if he plays very well he can even score a double hundred in ODIs. You have got to make him open if you want to do justice to his abilities,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I was 50-50 with KL Rahul’s captaincy. Because he will have to take some of the blame for Kings XI Punjab not being able to find their ideal XI. I am sure these are the decisions of the team management and all of that but you also play a part. So that is an issue because it took some time to understand,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra argued : “Now is not the time for changes. There is no time for you to build a new team. If you want to apply new work ethics or new philosophy, there have to be games. If you’re going to play 5-6 T20s before the next T20 World Cup, then I wouldn’t like to fix something that’s unbroken,” External link

india Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If they have to retain 5 players, 3 Indians and 2 overseas, they don’t have an uncapped player whom they will think of retaining,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : “I would say Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant as the three Indians although Rishabh Pant did not have a good year but I will definitely retain him and I am pretty sure that the Delhi Capitals will also do that,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Marcus Stoinis ) : “If I have to retain two overseas players, I will be keen to retain Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada. There could be a toss-up between Marcus Stoinis and Anrich Nortje but I will go with Marcus and try to buy back Nortje in the auction,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “The others will have to go. They will be a little sad about players like Prithvi Shaw, Ashwin and Axar Patel as they are two or three players they may want to keep in the team but I don’t think it will be possible to keep all of them,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Prithvi Shaw started well, he was playing good shots and scoring runs but after that, it just went downhill and then just could not come back which is not a good thing. He is young but is an India player and you expect more consistency from him,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 4:08:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Firstly, I am disappointed because when you win four of your first seven matches and if you replicate that performance, then you are through, eight victories were more than enough for you to qualify. Delhi actually came second with 16 points,” External link

india Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Firstly, I am disappointed because when you win four of your first seven matches and if you replicate that performance, then you are through, eight victories were more than enough for you to qualify. Delhi actually came second with 16 points,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “On a serious note, of course they don’t decide if a big auction happens or not. If it happens, it will just mix up the things a little and the other teams might come somewhat on par with them,” External link

news18 Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “On a serious note, of course they don’t decide if a big auction happens or not. If it happens, it will just mix up the things a little and the other teams might come somewhat on par with them,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:42:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs 15 crore,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ambati Rayudu ) : “CSK needs a mega auction, the side does not have many players that can be retained. If you want to make a team from the scratch, then are you willing to spend big bucks on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu ? I don’t think that CSK will look at the likes of Raina and Harbhajan if they are making a team from the scratch,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Aaron Finch ) : “Aaron Finch was the biggest disappointment for RCB this season. They had put huge stakes on him and stuck with him for a long time as well. You expect the Finch hitting from him,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Aaron Finch ) : “But you had more expectations from Aaron Finch. Because imagine if Devdutt Padikkal was playing well from one side and Aaron Finch had been playing well, then the pressure and responsibility would have been less on Virat and AB de Villiers,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player, you will have to pay Rs 15 crore,” External link

india Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs15 crore,” External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:31:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “CSK needs a mega auction, the side does not have many players that can be retained. If you want to make a team from the scratch, then are you willing to spend big bucks on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu? I don’t think that CSK will look at the likes of Raina and Harbhajan if they are making a team from the scratch,” External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:31:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don't keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs 15 crore," External link

news18 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ambati Rayudu ) : "CSK needs a mega auction, the side does not have many players that can be retained. If you want to make a team from the scratch, then are you willing to spend big bucks on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu? I don't think that CSK will look at the likes of Raina and Harbhajan if they are making a team from scratch," External link

news18 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs 15 crore,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “CSK needs a mega auction, the side does not have many players that can be retained. If you want to make a team from the scratch, then are you willing to spend big bucks on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu? I don’t think that CSK will look at the likes of Raina and Harbhajan if they are making a team from the scratch,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Gautam Gambhir [a former Delhi teammate of Chopra] believes that it is the nation's misfortune if Rohit Sharma is not made the Indian T20I captain because he is the most successful captain in the IPL," External link

news-yahoo-in Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Rohit as a captain is outstanding, I love him to bits but can the Mumbai Indians' success story be equated with India? That is my question. Just because Kohli's team does not do well, does it mean that is Kohli's fault," External link

news-yahoo-in Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "They cannot make him the captain now however much you may try. I know it is not fair; I know it is tough. But this is what it is. It cannot happen now as there is a simple reason for that," "First of all, he is not going now, he is not even fit. There is a separate mystery going on there regarding when he will get fit. If he is fit on the 10th, why is he not fit for the 27th. Things are topsy-turvy at the moment," External link

news-yahoo-in Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Gautam Gambhir believes that it is the nation’s misfortune if Rohit Sharma is not made the Indian T20I captain because he is the most successful captain in the IPL. But I have a question that if Rohit was given the RCB team, which is there with Kohli, will he have won two, three or four out of the five titles MI have won?Rohit as a captain is outstanding, I love him to bits but can the Mumbai Indians’ success story be equated with India, that is my question. Just because Kohli’s team does not do well, does it mean that is Kohli’s fault,” External link

dnaindia Saturday, November 14, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Virat Kohli ) : “They cannot make him the captain now, however much you may try. I know it is not fair, I know it is tough but this is what it is. It cannot happen now as there is a simple reason for that. There are not too many T20 matches at the moment. Let us wait for some time, let us be cool, he cannot become the captain now. Kohli is the captain currently and I don't feel that there is going to be a captaincy change in this team now,” External link

dnaindia Saturday, November 14, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Gautam Gambhir [a former Delhi teammate of Chopra] believes that it is the nation’s misfortune if Rohit Sharma is not made the Indian T20I captain because he is the most successful captain in the IPL,” External link

india Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Rohit as a captain is outstanding, I love him to bits but can the Mumbai Indians’ success story be equated with India? That is my question. Just because Kohli’s team does not do well, does it mean that is Kohli’s fault,” External link

india Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “They cannot make him the captain now however much you may try. I know it is not fair; I know it is tough. But this is what it is. It cannot happen now as there is a simple reason for that,” “First of all, he is not going now, he is not even fit. There is a separate mystery going on there regarding when he will get fit. If he is fit on the 10th, why is he not fit for the 27th. Things are topsy-turvy at the moment,” External link

india Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Gautam Gambhir [a former Delhi teammate of Chopra] believes that it is the nation's misfortune if Rohit Sharma is not made the Indian T20I captain because he is the most successful captain in the IPL," External link

news18 Friday, November 13, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Rohit as a captain is outstanding, I love him to bits but can the Mumbai Indians' success story be equated with India? That is my question. Just because Kohli's team does not do well, does it mean that is Kohli's fault," External link

news18 Friday, November 13, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "They cannot make him the captain now however much you may try. I know it is not fair; I know it is tough. But this is what it is. It cannot happen now as there is a simple reason for that," "First of all, he is not going now, he is not even fit. There is a separate mystery going on there regarding when he will get fit. If he is fit on the 10th, why is he not fit for the 27th. Things are topsy-turvy at the moment," External link

news18 Friday, November 13, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “Pant comes across as someone who is confused about his role and his responsibilities towards his own game. I'm not talking about what the team or the situation demands of him but just his comfort with his own style of play,” External link

news18 Friday, November 6, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “Pant comes across as someone who is confused about his role and his responsibilities towards his own game. I'm not talking about what the team or the situation demands of him but just his comfort with his own style of play,” External link

news18 Friday, November 6, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “His last couple of Test matches and this edition of the IPL have brought that uncertainty to the fore. He is blessed with the ability to hit the ball long and hard, but it seems that he is unsure of the right time to do so,” External link

news18 Friday, November 6, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Chris Gayle ) : "Kings XI Punjab's fortunes in this tournament have completely changed since the arrival of Christopher Henry Gayle. They haven't really lost a game since he's been there, so now Rajasthan Royals, they need to win and for that to happen, they will have to figure out a game plan to stop Gayle and say, and not just one, they might need a couple of them because when he gets going, of course, he's a tornado, who just blows away the opposition," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, October 30, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Chris Gayle ) : "Kings XI Punjab's fortunes in this tournament have completely changed since the arrival of Christopher Henry Gayle. They haven't really lost a game since he's been there, so now Rajasthan Royals, they need to win and for that to happen, they will have to figure out a game plan to stop Gayle and say, and not just one, they might need a couple of them because when he gets going, of course, he's a tornado, who just blows away the opposition," External link

newindianexpress Friday, October 30, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra Answers : “Then, somewhere down the line, they found that key, that takes them to a win and the last few games, they have played exceptional cricket. Last match, to defend a 126 takes a lot of doing, takes a lot of self-belief and that’s what they showed,” External link

india Monday, October 26, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Rajasthan Royals have an issue that their batting order is actually a disorder. Their batting order is beyond my understanding at this point of time because Jos Buttler, who is their best player is being sent at No.4 while they are opening with Ben Stokes, whose bat is not firing,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, October 23, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “Rajasthan Royals had expectations from Ben Stokes but he is not able to deliver there but the entire innings is becoming slow. Because of that Sanju Samson plays a bad shot to get out as the pressure is mounting,” “By the time Steve Smith comes to bat, the match is almost going out of their hands and in such a situation if Jos Buttler gets out, already you have reduced his effectiveness by giving him less overs to bat, then your whole boat sinks” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, October 23, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I find them very balanced, even though Delhi is now having a fair bit of injury worries. They still have enough resources. I see Delhi-Mumbai as finalists,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Glenn Maxwell ) : “I still feel Kings XI Punjab have a scope for one change. Are they going to continue playing Maxwell as an off-spinner? You are not getting him to bat, he got out on a duck in the normal match and you didn’t send him in either of the Super Overs,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, October 20, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I feel Suryakumar Yadav was the game-changer in the match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. The manner in which he is batting, whether you see his shots over the covers or his flicks or his cut shots. The icing on the cake with cherry on top was the flick he played of Rabada’s bowling for a six. My jaw dropped after watching that six. I said that this player should play for India. I am saying that before the end of 2020, he will be a part of the Indian team and I feel he will also play matches for the Indian team. This is a voice that is coming from my heart for this player and hopefully, that happens,” External link

dnaindia Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I feel Suryakumar Yadav was the game-changer in the match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. The manner in which he is batting, whether you see his shots over the covers or his flicks or his cut shots," External link

news18 Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:10:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I feel Suryakumar Yadav was the game-changer in the match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. The manner in which he is batting, whether you see his shots over the covers or his flicks or his cut shots,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:40:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : "It was also about the fact that Dhoni hadn’t played competitive cricket in 14 months. After the game against Rajasthan, he admitted that he was rusty. The long layoff, followed by the long quarantine did not help his cause as a batsman," External link

dnaindia Friday, September 25, 2020 5:39:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “It was also about the fact that Dhoni hadn’t played competitive cricket in 14 months. After the game against Rajasthan, he admitted that he was rusty. The long layoff, followed by the long quarantine did not help his cause as a batsman,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 25, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “He started this tournament with no form whatsoever and has now worked himself into some kind of form with the three sixes in the final over against the Royals. As the matches shift to venues where scores in excess of 200 won’t come about too often, Dhoni might quietly start fitting himself into places in the batting order from where he will be able to make significant contributions to wins,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 25, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Andre Roussel ) : “Andre Russell vs Jasprit Bumrah is the player battle to watch out for, can there be a player battle better than this. Bumrah is not in great form right now but for good players form is temporary and class in permanent,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I have hope that his captaincy will be good. Actually, we will get an idea of his captaincy, how he runs the game, what strategies he uses. If we see Kohli and Rohit, they are of the same age bracket and at one time you may feel that they are not captain material anymore,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:37:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : “As they say, a time comes when you have to pass on the baton like MS Dhoni did to Kohli and Kohli will also have to do to someone at some point. When he does that, it is possible that Rahul will be next in line,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:37:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK’s heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact,” External link

gulf-times Wednesday, September 16, 2020 3:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK’s heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Tuesday, September 15, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK's heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK’s heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, September 15, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra recalled ( about Ashish Nehra ) : “But wait, you know this story, already right? Let me take you to the flashback, behind the scenes. This heavily swollen leg kept inside a bucket of ice... who is it? This is the same Ashish Nehra who, the very next day, stepped out on the field to rattle England batting unit with a swollen leg. As we say, there is nothing greater than a person’s will. Not even injuries. If Nehra ji has decided that he will play against England, then no one can stop him,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, September 15, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK's heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact," External link

news18 Tuesday, September 15, 2020 8:34:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK's heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, September 15, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK's heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact," External link

yahoo-au Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:39:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I have hope that his captaincy will be good,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:25:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “There are some glaring weaknesses in the RCB squad. It is true that when you have not done well in the first big auction, you are always left behind. Because even if you try to pick players in mini auctions or trading windows, you have gaping holes and you don’t get the right players to fill them,” “One of their problems has been their death over batting. If AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli play till the end it is fine, but if not then who? It can be a matter of concern although it is better than earlier because they have Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar and Chris Morris,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 14, 2020 7:27:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “The second problem is the death over bowling. Chris Morris is not a gun death bowler, even if you play Dale Steyn, he is also not a gun death bowler. Then who is the gun death bowler - Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj - they do not inspire the confidence that you would perhaps want,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 14, 2020 7:27:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “10 members of #CSK (including an India player) found #COVID19 positive. Wish them all a speedy recovery but it does serve as a significant reminder of the times we are living in. The sanctity of the Bio-secure bubble can never be overstated. #IPL (sic),” External link

india Friday, August 28, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “So VVS picked up his towel and went into the dressing room shower. We were playing South Africa in the picturesque ground of Cape Town. The situation in the Indian dressing room had turned bad with Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer already back in the pavilion,” External link

news18 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “Now with VVS taking bath, Dada was the only person left to go the middle. Sourav Ganguly, who was not ready at all for his batting. So someone was giving Dada his shirt, someone his trouser and another person getting his bat. And two players were making him wear his pads,” External link

news18 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “So VVS picked up his towel and went into the dressing room shower. We were playing South Africa in the picturesque ground of Cape Town. The situation in the Indian dressing room had turned bad with Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer already back in the pavilion,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:46:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I would say please do a Shahid Afridi and come out of retirement. I believe that a couple of brilliant IPLs, may be in the 2020 and 2021 seasons can well see Raina in India’s T20 World Cup squad. It’s possible, I sure believe it’s possible,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra mentioned ( about Suresh Raina ) : “Of course, Suresh Raina could have played a lot more, he had no need to retire. Now he is 33 years old and yes there were some injury issues but which player does not have injury issues? And now after surgery he was fitter, stronger and better and in my thinking he was itching to be back on the field,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added ( about Suresh Raina ) : “You can understand Dhoni’s case as if the IPL has taken place in April-May, the T20 World Cup would have taken place in October-November and maybe Dhoni would have been available for it. But maybe its postponement is the main reason why Dhoni retired. But Raina had no such problems to be very honest,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I think they should be allowed because if they have retired and if they are not presenting themselves for selection for the Indian team, then there should be no harm in letting them go. There are two sides of this story, one is workload management," External link

dnaindia Friday, August 21, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think they should be allowed because if they have retired and if they are not presenting themselves for selection for the Indian team, then there should be no harm in letting them go. There are two sides of this story, one is workload management,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, August 21, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think we can manage without him, let’s be honest. Because we are talking about 2021,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “But first thing, does Dhoni want to play? I have been saying this like a broken record that I feel he doesn’t want to play,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded : “So I feel his presence is not so important that if he is not there you will not win the World Cup,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra explained : “But will you give the ball to him in all scenarios, say if you have Kohli, Rohit, Pollard or Russell in front, would you go for a spinner. He is definitely better than Narine and you might go for him ahead of Malinga currently but will he be ahead of Bumrah and Starc. No team gives the 20th over to a spinner, so why would you give the Super Over to him. I won’t go with him either,” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Lasith Malinga, the lion might have grown old but has not forgotten how to catch its prey. And if you see the earlier days, choosing anyone above Lasith Malinga would be an injustice. Although he won MI the 2019 IPL final with his slower one, he is not my choice right now ahead of Rashid, Bumrah and Starc. So, if I have such options I will not go to Malinga” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If he is in form, I will go with him. Choosing between him and Bumrah is a very tough call. If you are Australian you will go with him, if you are Indian you will go with Bumrah,” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra explained : “But will you give the ball to him in all scenarios, say if you have Kohli, Rohit, Pollard or Russell in front, would you go for a spinner. He is definitely better than Narine and you might go for him ahead of Malinga currently but will he be ahead of Bumrah and Starc. No team gives the 20th over to a spinner, so why would you give the Super Over to him. I won’t go with him either,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Lasith Malinga, the lion might have grown old but has not forgotten how to catch its prey. And if you see the earlier days, choosing anyone above Lasith Malinga would be an injustice. Although he won MI the 2019 IPL final with his slower one, he is not my choice right now ahead of Rashid, Bumrah and Starc. So, if I have such options I will not go to Malinga” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “If he is in form, I will go with him. Choosing between him and Bumrah is a very tough call. If you are Australian you will go with him, if you are Indian you will go with Bumrah,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shikhar Dhawan ) : "If you have to choose between Tendulkar and Rohit, whom will you choose, very tough call. They may just cancel each other out because Rohit has struck 5 centuries in a World Cup edition, which no one has done. Between Rahul/Dhawan and Sehwag, my heart says to keep Sehwag ahead, but let me keep Dhawan ahead just for argument sake," External link

news18 Monday, July 27, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "So if you see the full comparison, MS Dhoni's team of 2011 has won. That is why, if there is a match Dhoni's team is stronger and a match-winning team," External link

news18 Monday, July 27, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Whatever has happened in the past 12 years, you need to forget it, as this year if the IPL happens in the UAE then there is no distinctive advantage for any team. If you play matches at neutral venues, then there is no home support and no familiarity with the pitches. Every team will be starting at par with each other. Mumbai and Chennai are top-class teams, they will eventually catch up even if they get off to a slow start," External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, July 24, 2020 5:30:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Kings XI Punjab would also benefit, Glenn Maxwell has a good record in the UAE, their spin department is quite good, they are very nicely placed, I think you need to be worried about Kings XI Punjab this season," "Delhi Capitals would also benefit as they have good spin attack comprising of Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, and Axar Patel. They tick all the boxes and they would not be complaining," External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, July 24, 2020 5:30:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "If you play matches at neutral venues, then there is no home support and no familiarity with the pitches. Every team will be starting at par with each other. Mumbai and Chennai are top-class teams, they will eventually catch up even if they get off to a slow start," External link

dnaindia Thursday, July 23, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Whatever has happened in the past 12 years, you need to forget it, as this year if the IPL happens in the UAE then there is no distinctive advantage for any team. If you play matches at neutral venues, then there is no home support and no familiarity with the pitches. Every team will be starting at par with each other. Mumbai and Chennai are top-class teams, they will eventually catch up even if they get off to a slow start,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 7:38:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Kings XI Punjab would also benefit, Glenn Maxwell has a good record in the UAE, their spin department is quite good, they are very nicely placed, I think you need to be worried about Kings XI Punjab this season,” “Delhi Capitals would also benefit as they have good spin attack comprising of Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, and Axar Patel. They tick all the boxes and they would not be complaining,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 23, 2020 7:38:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “There will be no problem although they might have to fight a little bit with the heat. For now, the weather is good. Let’s be fair, UAE experiences a lot of heat. But September and October are still the pleasant months,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:04:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Batting conditions would not have much of an impact. In fact, certain teams may start feeling better. RCB for example, because when the grounds are big your bowling is not exposed that much even if it is weak. RCB I think might actually do well” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:04:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “Is he ready for Tests and does he want to play Tests currently? First thing first, I do not envisage Hardik Pandya playing the first Test match in Australia. That is what I feel,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, July 20, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ben Stokes ) : “At this point of time, there is no doubt in my mind that Ben Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all three formats. He has an average of 43 in Tests, 59 in ODIs over the last two years,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, July 19, 2020 2:19:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ben Stokes ) : “At this point of time, there is no doubt in my mind that Ben Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all three formats. He has an average of 43 in Tests, 59 in ODIs over the last two years,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, July 19, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ben Stokes ) : “At this point of time, there is no doubt in my mind that Ben Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all three formats. He has an average of 43 in Tests, 59 in ODIs over the last two years,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, July 18, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : "He is absolutely right that Sourav Ganguly gave a lot of match-winners to India. Dada even took over captaincy when cricket was in difficulty due to the black clouds of match-fixing hovering over it and the public’s belief lost. From that situation to develop a team that went abroad and won, the eye for talent was absolutely fantastic," External link

dnaindia Friday, July 17, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “In principle it makes sense as once it is reviewed, why would you want to go back to the umpire. I am with you Paaji that once you have embraced technology, you should trust it and don’t do other things. Totally correct” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “The other thing is regarding things you can see like the ball hitting the pads. Why should you have umpire’s call in that? Either it is in line or outside the line. Even the ball pitching on leg stump is considered in line when more than 50% is inside the line and otherwise considered as umpire’s call. Why so? This is one thing that definitely needs to change,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Chetan Chauhan ) : “Chetan Chauhan ji has also tested positive for #COVID?19. Sending best wishes in his direction too…get well soon, sir. Tough night this one…Big B and Chetan Ji,” External link

india Sunday, July 12, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ravindra Jadeja ) : "He (Jadeja) is absolutely outstanding, he has a rocket arm, he has the best arm in world cricket right now, just look at his ground coverage, he is not the best while fielding at slips, but how does it matter," External link

dnaindia Sunday, July 12, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra claimed : "As you see him (Kohli) growing as a player, you see him growing as a fielder, he wants to be there fielding and this is what makes him super special" "Everyone saw him (Kapil Dev) taking the catch of Vivian Richards in the finals of the 1983 World Cup, he had great hands and was very agile," External link

dnaindia Sunday, July 12, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote ( about Chetan Chauhan ) : “Chetan Chauhan ji is also tested positive for #COVIDー19. Sending best wishes in his direction too...get well soon, sir. Tough night this one...Big B and Chetan Ji,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "He (Kohli) is surely not a successful IPL captain. The team has not done well, it is actually a fact. And it is not one or two years, but many seasons. There are manifold reasons for that," External link

dnaindia Saturday, July 11, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : "Babar Azam is an exciting talent. There is no doubt about that. It is also true that Virat Kohli is very far ahead in this race. He is older and started cricket before Azam. Virat's name is already included in the conversation of all-time greats," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, July 11, 2020 3:56:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "He (Kohli) is surely not a successful IPL captain. The team has not done well, it is actually a fact. And it is not one or two years, but many seasons. There are manifold reasons for that," External link

dnaindia Saturday, July 11, 2020 2:45:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "At no.4 he held a very good record. And when you are performing at no.4 on a consistent basis and when your strike rate is also around 94, so why didn't he get opportunities after that? It seemed like a case of how one throws away fly from the milk. I feel he was hard done by," External link

newindianexpress Saturday, July 11, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "He (Kohli) is surely not a successful IPL captain. The team has not done well, it is actually a fact. And it is not one or two years, but many seasons," External link

news18 Saturday, July 11, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "At no.4 he held a very good record. And when you are performing at no.4 on a consistent basis and when your strike rate is also around 94, so why didn't he get opportunities after that? It seemed like a case of how one throws away fly from the milk. I feel he was hard done by," External link

news18 Friday, July 10, 2020 7:48:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “His numbers at No. 4 were good. And at number 4, if you are giving good performances, consistently playing well and strike rate is also around 94, then why are you not giving him more chances? He was dropped all of a sudden, just like you remove a fly from milk. Why was something like that done? I feel he was hard done by,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, July 10, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “In my opinion it was slightly unfair to him because when he was dropped from the ODI team he was absolutely fine. So when you are not playing someone after he has done well, you are not doing the right thing. In fact, when he played in South Africa, there also he did well. I remember that, it was in 2018. He should get an opportunity again,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, July 10, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Samir Shah ) : “Cricket is the most played sport in this country. It is surprising that so far, we didn’t have any scientific method to determine the cricket bat that suits an individual. Wish I knew all these nuances during my playing days. When I heard the concept from Samir, I immediately saw the potential and how revolutionary the concept is,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I truly believe Z-Bat will not only be able to enhance performances of budding cricketers with the correct evaluation of their bat, they can even help to avoid injury with unique body dynamics detection identifying the right balance of the player,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Leader of Men. God of off-side. Fighter. Happy Birthday, Dada. #HappyBirthdayDada," External link

khaleejtimes Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shahid Afridi ) : "Pakistan team used to be good at one point. It is still an okay team today. But there was a time when India used to play against Pakistan at Sharjah and the balance was tilted towards the neighbouring nation. But it was not the ‘Afridi time’ that he is talking about," External link

news-yahoo-in Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Some of the best minds in the world have said that there is a cure when a snake bites you, but there is no cure for misconceptions,” External link

news-yahoo-in Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “Pakistan’s strength was a sheer talent - from Imran Khan to Wasim Akram to Waqar Younis. Because of it, they did really well. They used to beat India, there is no doubt about that. But later, when Afridi started playing and till the time he retired, things had changed,” External link

dnaindia Monday, July 6, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Some of the best minds in the world have said that there is a cure when a snake bites you, but there is no cure for misconceptions,” External link

dnaindia Monday, July 6, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "When IPL started in 2008, KKR had the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting, and Brendon McCullum. Ganguly was the captain and John Buchanan was the coach. The relationship between Ganguly and Buchanan was alright, to begin with, but later it went downhill," External link

dnaindia Sunday, July 5, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Eventually, John Buchanan had to leave. Some of the things were overstated as they talked about making three captains, which was not the case," "One thing that I had against him (Buchanan) was that he gathered all his friends and associates there, the whole family had come in" External link

dnaindia Sunday, July 5, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sourav Ganguly ) : “We went to Australia and drew the series there. We went to Pakistan and defeated them. In India, we drew one series and lost one series to Australia. And Sourav Ganguly’s team even drew the series in England. It was a fairly good team, a team which taught us how to win abroad,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:21:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Actually, we were really good friends. Shoaib Akhtar and I are still really good friends. I still speak to him for hours. Whenever I am on a call for a few hours, my wife knows that I am speaking to Shoaib, and they are just having a long chat” “Shoaib and I have a really great bond because he came here and worked with me for Star Sports, so we spent really good time together. We travelled together, we sat for dinner together, we had long conversations. During IPL as well, we had a great bond. We had Mohammad Hafeez, Salman Butt and Umar Gul in our team. We never felt even once that there was any sort of tension. There was no issue between any players,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I don’t think there has ever been any issues between the two teams. I remember when we came to Pakistan for the series in 2004. In Multan, Inzy bhai (Inzamam ul-haq) has his house. As far as I recall, he also had a garment factory where t-shirts were made. He came and gave us all a bundle of t-shirts. We all wore it later,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Anil Kumble ) : “India was the first team to use DRS in around 2008 during a series against Sri Lanka. MS Dhoni was not the captain of the team, Anil Kumble was. We took some really bad DRS calls in that series. It was a new thing, and we made poor use of technology. That’s when we decided, that we don’t like it. And if we don’t like it, then we won’t use it,” “Also, MS Dhoni was not a fan of it. The thinking of your team’s captain matters a lot. Dhoni was convinced for the longest time that technology is not full-proof. Even today, it is not full-proof. There are still issues with the umpire’s call, there are still issues with soft-signals. There are still issues, but it was even more back then than it is today,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:32:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Another strange thing is that, Dhoni didn’t like it, but now I call DRS as ‘Dhoni Review System’. Because, if Dhoni said from behind the stumps, that we have to take DRS, then 9 out of 10 times, he gets it right, even when you feel he is making a mistake, he would turn out to be right,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:32:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “My first pick is David Warner, the first overseas player as an opener. You will also think of Chris Gayle, but he is not more consistent than David Warner. He [Gayle] has been explosive but Warner is not behind anyone. So, Warner as one of the overseas players. He has been one of the most consistent batsmen ever,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, June 29, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Rohit Sharma ) : “Although it would always be 50-50 between Rohit and Dhoni on whom you should make the captain, but when you look at the team Dhoni has got especially in the last few seasons, you will have to opt for Dhoni ahead of Rohit and he also has the experience of 11 years of captaincy and Rohit was not the captain initially. He was groomed as a captain by the Mumbai Indians,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, June 29, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I have seen it happening in a state team where a player was a captain for a long time. He was an administrator's son, not a player's. He was not a very good player and his stats also show it. But at the highest level, it never happens. No one is given an IPL contract because he is someone's friend's son or someone's nephew," External link

ibtimes-in Sunday, June 28, 2020 6:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Arjun Tendulkar ) : "You can say the same thing about Arjun Tendulkar. Because he is Tendulkar's son, nothing was given to him on a platter. He didn't get an easy access to the Indian cricket team. There were no such useless selections even in the India under-19 team. Whenever the selection happens, it would be because of a sterling performance," External link

ibtimes-in Sunday, June 28, 2020 6:59:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra stated : “I have found it taking place in a point out team the place a participant was a captain for a very long time. He was an administrator’s son, not a player’s. He was not a quite very good participant and his stats also demonstrate it. But at the greatest stage, it never occurs. No a single is specified an IPL contract mainly because he is someone’s friend’s son or someone’s nephew,” External link

haveeru Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra stated ( about Sunil Gavaskar ) : “And when he performed for India, it was for the reason that he was regularly executing pretty very well for Bengal. In point, overlook all that, he was even not playing in the Mumbai Ranji group. He was not finding a area in the Mumbai crew even though he had the surname as Gavaskar,” External link

haveeru Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra explained ( about Arjun Tendulkar ) : “You can say the very same point about Arjun Tendulkar. For the reason that he is Tendulkar’s son, very little was supplied to him on a platter. He didn’t get an straightforward obtain to the Indian cricket team. There were no these kinds of useless alternatives even in the India underneath-19 group. When the assortment transpires, it would be for the reason that of a sterling effectiveness,” External link

haveeru Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sunil Gavaskar ) : "If you see the bigger picture, Rohan Gavaskar was the son of Sunil Gavaskar, if one has to go by nepotism, Rohan should have played a lot of cricket but it did not happen this way. When he eventually ended up playing for India, he did so because he had a good run with Bengal in domestic cricket," External link

irishsun Saturday, June 27, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "When he eventually ended up playing for India, he did so because he had a good run with Bengal in domestic cricket," External link

dnaindia Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I have seen it happening in a state team where a player was a captain for a long time. He was an administrator's son, not a player's. He was not a very good player and his stats also show it. But at the highest level, it never happens. No one is given an IPL contract because he is someone's friend's son or someone's nephew," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, June 27, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Arjun Tendulkar ) : "You can say the same thing about Arjun Tendulkar. Because he is Tendulkar's son, nothing was given to him on a platter. He didn't get an easy access to the Indian cricket team. There were no such useless selections even in the India under-19 team. Whenever the selection happens, it would be because of a sterling performance," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, June 27, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “The left-arm pacer is really fast. He made his debut in the Asia Cup and he keeps on growing in leaps and bounds. He has a great height and can bowl the bowl full while swinging it. His speed is great and someone who can bowl full is bound to pick up wickets. The way his career graph is progressing, it looks like the future is his. We will probably be hearing this name even more as we go along,” External link

tribune Tuesday, June 23, 2020 3:11:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I would keep Pakistan’s Babar Azam in the fab four. He stands shoulder to shoulder with India’s Virat Kohli. He is the number one batsman in T20Is, number-three in ODIs and number five in Test cricket. If you are in the top five in all three formats than how can you not be in the fab four of world cricket? He should be included in the fab four a 120 per cent,” External link

tribune Sunday, June 21, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Shahid Afridi ) : “Shahid Afridi tested positive for Covid-19. I wished him a speedy recovery but had to endure a lot of abuse on social media. I think we need to discuss it and sort it out. When this story [Afridi’s test] came out, a journalist said that it is a punishment for his wrongdoings. They claim that Afridi tested positive because he is a deplorable human being who has bad views which is why he is being punished by God. They almost mean that Afridi does not get better. I ask where is the humanity [in this sort of mindset],” External link

tribune Tuesday, June 16, 2020 7:03:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote ( about Shahid Afridi ) : "Are we serious?? Sensitivity...humanity...thing of the past?? Wish you a speedy recovery, Shahid. May the force be with you," External link

news18 Sunday, June 14, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "We (cricketers) at one point or the other, have been victims of racism. I remember when I used to play league cricket in England, there were two South Africans in one of the opposition teams and both of them really went on an abusive spree," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, June 10, 2020 6:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Even if you're white-skinned, it happens then as well. When they come to this part of the world, they also subjected to this kind of behaviour," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, June 10, 2020 6:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Andrew Symonds ) : "In fact, when Andrew Symonds came to India, so many Monkey chants started filling up the Wankhede Stadium. That is when people were told that your entry will be banned," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, June 10, 2020 6:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “We (cricketers) at one point or the other, have been victims of racism. I remember when I used to play league cricket in England, there were two South Africans in one of the opposition teams and both of them really went on an abusive spree,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Even if you’re white-skinned, it happens then as well. When they come to this part of the world, they also subjected to this kind of behaviour,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Andrew Symonds ) : “In fact, when Andrew Symonds came to India, so many Monkey chants started filling up the Wankhede Stadium. That is when people were told that your entry will be banned,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "We (cricketers) at one point or the other, have been victims of racism. I remember when I used to play league cricket in England, there were two South Africans in one of the opposition teams and both of them really went on an abusive spree," External link

news18 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Even if you''re white-skinned, it happens then as well. When they come to this part of the world, they also subjected to this kind of behaviour," External link

news18 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Andrew Symonds ) : "In fact, when Andrew Symonds came to India, so many Monkey chants started filling up the Wankhede Stadium. That is when people were told that your entry will be banned," External link

news18 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "We (cricketers) at one point or the other, have been victims of racism. I remember when I used to play league cricket in England, there were two South African is one of the opposition teams and both of them really went on an abusive spree. Even when I was at the non-striker's end, they were after my life. They were constantly calling me Paki," External link

dnaindia Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:44:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Andrew Symonds ) : "It happens everywhere. If you are white-skinned, it happens with them too when they come to this part of the world. They are also subjected to this kind of behaviour. In fact, when Andrew Symonds came to India, so many Monkey chants started filling up the Wankhede Stadium. That is when people were told that your entry will be banned," External link

dnaindia Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:44:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “We [cricketers] at one point or the other, have been victims of racism. I remember when I used to play league cricket in England, there were two South African is one of the opposition teams and both of them really went on an abusive spree. Even when I was at the non-striker’s end, they were after my life. They were constantly calling me P*ki,” “Now many believe P*ki is a short form of Pakistan but that is not true. If you are brown skinned. If you’re anywhere from Asian subcontinent, this term is used to racially abuse. You’re called P*ki, and nobody likes it. The moment you call anybody P*ki in England, you know the intention behind it. That’s what happened with me at that time. My team stood by me but the truth is the person in front of me was doing it,” External link

tribune Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:36:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I mean think about it and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC at that time, he gave a statement during the World Cup saying that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously," External link

dnaindia Sunday, June 7, 2020 7:01:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Think a little and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, gave a statement during the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously,” External link

expressindia Friday, June 5, 2020 8:19:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I am wearing a T-shirt which says Sharam (shame) not found. Think a little and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, gave a statement during the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, June 5, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "It is understandable if the partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma didn't make sense to Stokes or if he was confused by MS Dhoni's approach towards the end," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, June 5, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “One needs to look at the circumstances the teams were in...the boundary at one side was very small, and England scored 337 on a placid track. Every bowler went for runs although India did bounce back in the last ten overs and I was commentating on the match,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, June 5, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I think what happened was that the Indian batsmen became too cautious about not losing wickets and that is where they got behind the asking rate.The intent in the first 10 overs was defensive but both Kohli and Rohit knew that if they had got out early then the match could get over very quickly,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, June 5, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I am wearing a T-shirt which says sharam (shame) not found. Think a little and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, gave a statement during the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously,” External link

tribune Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "To be honest it is all very premature. Once they get closer to resumption, which will take some time, there will be more clarity," External link

firstpost Monday, May 25, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “You remember we had to bowl into the wind and against the wind? The coach asked me why I didn’t bowl you from that end. I told him that you wanted to bowl from the other end. And sir went and gave you a slap,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, May 4, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “People must be thinking if I haven’t picked Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the top four then where will I place them, unfortunately, I can’t find a place for them as I have to pick only one Indian,” External link

dnaindia Friday, May 1, 2020 1:06:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “People must be thinking if I haven’t picked Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the top four then where will I place them, unfortunately I can’t find a place for them as I have to pick only one Indian,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, May 1, 2020 11:40:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Babar Azam ) : “At number four I have got Babar Azam,” External link

tribune Friday, May 1, 2020 9:03:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Umar Akmal ) : “Umar Akmal had a lot of promise and talent. His temperament was sometimes questionable, but that is the case with most Pakistan batsmen and he was no different,” “It might have been an excuse in the earlier era that cricketers didn’t knew the protocols with regards to reporting a fixing approach. But nowadays, every player is taught about these things from the beginning of their career and you know that if someone has approached you with a suspicious offer, then immediately you have to inform. If you fail in doing that, then there is always a doubt that you might have accepted that offer or might be considering it” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Wednesday, April 29, 2020 9:55:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “It’s a huge misconception that Dhoni’s comeback to the Indian team was dependent on his performance in the IPL,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 28, 2020 3:53:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "It's a huge misconception that Dhoni's comeback to the Indian team was dependent on his performance in the IPL," "If that is how we will view Dhoni as a player and his career and what he has achieved as a player, then I think we are just knocking at the wrong door because it's not right" External link

khaleejtimes Tuesday, April 28, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "It's a huge misconception that Dhoni's comeback to the Indian team was dependent on his performance in the IPL," "If that is how we will view Dhoni as a player and his career and what he has achieved as a player, then I think we are just knocking at the wrong door, because it's not right" External link

timesofindia Tuesday, April 28, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Umar Akmal ) : “Umar Akmal had a lot of promise and talent. His temperament was sometimes questionable, but that is the case with most Pakistan batsmen and he was no different,” “It might have been an excuse in the earlier era that cricketers didn’t knew the protocols with regards to reporting a fixing approach. But nowadays, every player is taught about these things from the beginning of their career and you know that if someone has approached you with a suspicious offer, then immediately you have to inform. If you fail in doing that, then there is always a doubt that you might have accepted that offer or might be considering it” External link

tribune Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:46:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Unlike in real cricket where there are passages of play, (such as) wherein not all the time all six balls of an over are being hit for a sixhere is a possibility of that (happening). If you recall that Stuart Broad over (against Yuvraj Singh in 2007 World T20), that is a real challenge for a commentatorfind a different way to describe the same outcome, if not the shot,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra says : “It does challenge you in a very different way, where your primary motive is to make it as real as possible. The challenge is to constantly increase your vocabulary, find a way to describe the same thing in 5-7 different ways,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I always felt that allowing mint shouldn't be a problem. But now they have gone to the extent that they don't want to allow mint. But now if you change rule, ok let's allow them to use finger nails, vaseline, now where does it stop God knows," External link

firstpost Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Spinners won't mind as they do get a bit of drift if the ball is kept shiny from one side. So they won't actually mind as long as you are not landing the shiny surface of the ball," External link

firstpost Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "I always felt that allowing mint shouldn't be a problem. But now they have gone to the extent that they don't want to allow mint. But now if you change rule, ok let's allow them to use finger nails, vaseline, now where does it stop God knows," External link

business-standard Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "Spinners won't mind as they do get a bit of drift if the ball is kept shiny from one side. So they won't actually mind as long as you are not landing the shiny surface of the ball," External link

business-standard Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I always felt that allowing mint shouldn’t be a problem. But now they have gone to the extent that they don’t want to allow mint. But now if you change rule, ok let’s allow them to use finger nails, vaseline, now where does it stop God knows,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 25, 2020 2:39:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Spinners won’t mind as they do get a bit of drift if the ball is kept shiny from one side. So they won’t actually mind as long as you are not landing the shiny surface of the ball,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, April 25, 2020 2:39:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I would keep Pakistan’s Babar Azam in the fab four. He stands shoulder to shoulder with India’s Virat Kohli. He is the number one batsman in T20Is, number-three in ODIs and number five in Test cricket. If you are in the top five in all three formats than how can you not be in the fab four of world cricket? He should be included in the fab four a 120 per cent,” External link

tribune Friday, April 24, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "MS Dhoni has not told anyone anything. He has a different story. What almost everyone thinks is that he might return to the Indian team if he performs well in the IPL. But I personally feel he played his final match for India at Manchester against New Zealand," External link

khaleejtimes Monday, April 13, 2020 3:33:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “I did not play many Test matches, a total of 10 to be exact. I played against Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "These two countries have produced so many great players. If there was no partition, what a team it would have been," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 10, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Virat Kohli ) : "There shouldn't be any question about the number three. Kohli has to be at three," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 10, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra concluded ( about Yuvraj Singh ) : "And I have Yuvraj Singh as my 12th man," External link

khaleejtimes Friday, April 10, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “I did not play many Test matches, a total of 10 to be exact. I played against Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand,” External link

tribune Friday, April 10, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “I wanted to do a fun exercise today by selecting the combined all-time Test XI of Pakistan and India, although it was a very difficult task,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 8, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “I wanted to do a fun exercise today by selecting the combined all-time Test XI of Pakistan and India, although it was a very difficult task,” External link

tribune Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “Saeed Anwar was an extremely elegant player and had the temperament to play long innings. He was a match-winner and, as Indian fans, we were scared of him because he could hurt you with his batting,” “Alongside Anwar, I would pick Zaheer Abbas who was also a magnificent player” External link

tribune Friday, April 3, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Sir ) : “I get the psychological triumph #JuntaCurfew could provide. The feeling of getting together & all too. Well done, PM Sir. But the rapid rise in positive cases in India suggests that it’s not going to be enough...not even a drop in the ocean. Shutting down completely is upon us” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, March 20, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “For a player like Dhoni, IPL was never going to be a yardstick. If he had scored runs in the IPL, experts would have been like ‘select Dhoni’, ‘do this and do that’. MS Dhoni knows what he is doing, whether he wants to come back or not,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:12:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “For a player like Dhoni, IPL was never going to be a yardstick. If he had scored runs in the IPL, experts would have been like ‘select Dhoni’, ‘do this and do that’. MS Dhoni knows what he is doing, whether he wants to come back or not,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “How many knockouts did your team play since that final? Men and Women included. Jinke ghar sheeshe ke hote hain voh light jala ke kapde nahin badalte, dost (Those who live in glass houses don’t change their clothes with lights on, my friend),” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, March 9, 2020 7:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said : "India under Kohli competed in most Tests overseas....but this series was different. India only participated. Batting and the inability to dismiss NZ's lower-order let India down," External link

business-standard Monday, March 2, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra says : “The bowling unit which India has at the momentthree frontline pacers and a spinner should be able to take 20 wickets,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 20, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra adds : “This trend will continue unless you have a really weak team where nobody is sure of his place,” “The role of a No. 6 remains marginal. His presence is felt only when there is a collapse of sorts” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 20, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra says : “You do not really get a specialised No. 6 because if someone is batting at No. 6 for his Ranji team, he should not be in the India team as a batsman. The idea is to accommodate a young guy because your batting order is mostly settled,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, February 20, 2020 8:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I would keep Pakistan’s Babar Azam in the fab four. He stands shoulder to shoulder with India’s Virat Kohli. He is the number one batsman in T20Is, number-three in ODIs and number five in Test cricket. If you are in the top five in all three formats than how can you not be in the fab four of world cricket? He should be included in the fab four a 120 per cent,” External link

tribune Monday, February 17, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra adds : “If India don’t pick a full-time keeper in their ODI playing XIs too, they will paint themselves into a corner, where they will need to pick someone as a backup purely on gut feel and not going by his performances,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:43:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Rahul Dravid ) : “He is a better keeper than what Dravid was but I would not want him to keep on a regular basis. Keeping takes a toll. He can’t be keeping for 50 overs and then batting higher up the order,” External link

expressindia Monday, January 20, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Rahul Dravid ) : “He is a better keeper than what Dravid was but I would not want him to keep on a regular basis. Keeping takes a toll. He can’t be keeping for 50 overs and then batting higher up the order,” External link

expressindia Sunday, January 19, 2020 5:28:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Rahul Dravid ) : "He is a better keeper than what Dravid was but I would not want him to keep on a regular basis. Keeping takes a toll. He can't be keeping for 50 overs and then batting higher up the order," External link

business-standard Saturday, January 18, 2020 3:19:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Rahul Dravid ) : "He is a better keeper than what Dravid was but I would not want him to keep on a regular basis. Keeping takes a toll. He can't be keeping for 50 overs and then batting higher up the order," External link

firstpost Saturday, January 18, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about Rahul Dravid ) : “He is a better keeper than what Dravid was but I would not want him to keep on a regular basis. Keeping takes a toll. He can’t be keeping for 50 overs and then batting higher up the order,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, January 18, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “Once in a while if he has to keep for the team balance it is okay but in the longer run you have to allow him to score 10000 runs and that won’t happen if he is being asked to keep,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, January 18, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told ( about error ) : “The outfield is bone-dry so I’d say it’s a schoolboy error that the water has seeped onto the pitch. Perhaps there are a few holes in the covers. It’s really disappointing preparation for an international game,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, January 6, 2020 7:05:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about error ) : "It's nothing but a school boy error. The 22-yard is a sacrosanct place and they have left a few holes in the cover as some amount of water seeped in. It is some amount of negligence. You can't have an excuse at this level," External link

news18 Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:01:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about error ) : "It's nothing but a schoolboy error. The 22-yard is a sacrosanct place and they have left a few holes in the cover as some amount of water seeping in. It is some amount of negligence. You can't have an excuse at this level," External link

newindianexpress Sunday, January 5, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about error ) : “It’s nothing but a school boy error. The 22-yard is a sacrosanct place and they have left a few holes in the cover as some amount of water seeped in. It is some amount of negligence. You can’t have an excuse at this level,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, January 5, 2020 9:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about error ) : “It’s nothing but a school boy error. The 22-yard is a sacrosanct place and they have left a few holes in the cover as some amount of water seeped in. It is some amount of negligence. You can’t have an excuse at this level,” External link

expressindia Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:37:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : "Deeply disturbing visuals from educational institutions across the country. Teary eyed. They are one of us. These kids are the future of this country. We don't make India great by silencing their voices with the use of force. You'll only turn them against India," External link

business-standard Monday, December 16, 2019 7:24:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : "Another fine example of the fact that growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional. Well played ????????," External link

dnaindia Friday, December 6, 2019 4:19:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said ( about Harbhajan Singh ) : "Hey Harbhajan Singh, looks like you're her inspiration...like a lot of other aspiring spinners in the country," External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, October 25, 2019 3:20:00 AM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote ( about Harbhajan Singh ) : “Hey Harbhajan Singh, looks like you’re her inspiration....like a lot of other aspiring spinners in the country,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:39:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “The idea is if you have that much depth in batting you bat a certain way. You can’t bat conservatively if you have that kind of depth. That is what England did. They changed the template completely. They focused on batting deep as they wanted to score 400 (in ODIs) and they achieved it many times,” External link

financialexpress Monday, September 16, 2019 1:54:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “Chahal will be back. Rahul Chahar is more or a bowler and Washington Sundar’s batting at number 8 may not be needed anyway,” External link

financialexpress Monday, September 16, 2019 1:54:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : “The idea is if you have that much depth in batting you bat a certain way. You can’t bat conservatively if you have that kind of depth. That is what England did. They changed the template completely. They focused on batting deep as they wanted to score 400 (in ODIs) and they achieved it many times,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 16, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “It looks India is wanting to take the same aggressive approach in T20s and there is nothing wrong in that. Now, they need to start showing the intent of scoring 220 consistently. Batting till 8, 9 and 10 is still ambitious (as you don’t need them at all in a 20 over game) but if you are trying to score 220 it is fine,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 16, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : “Chahal will be back. Rahul Chahar is more a bowler and Washington Sundar’s batting at number 8 may not be needed anyway,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 16, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra told : "The idea is if you have that much depth in batting you bat a certain way. You can't bat conservatively if you have that kind of depth. That is what England did. They changed the template completely. They focused on batting deep as they wanted to score 400 (in ODIs) and they achieved it many times," External link

business-standard Monday, September 16, 2019 1:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra added : "Chahal will be back. Rahul Chahar is more or a bowler and Washington Sundar's batting at number 8 may not be needed anyway," External link

business-standard Monday, September 16, 2019 1:00:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra wrote : “Give a call to Dhoni. See if he’s ready to take students ???? Dhoni Review System” External link

expressindia Sunday, September 15, 2019 7:23:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra recalled : “When I would speak to him about Delhi cricket, he would remind me about this boy doing well at U-19 level. At times I didn’t know who he was talking about because when we are playing Ranji Trophy you are busy about your career and game. For him Delhi cricket was much bigger than Ranji trophy,” External link

news18 Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:54:00 PM EAT

Akash Chopra said : “I also had my knee surgery planned once, there was lot of back-and-forth because money was a concern. So I reached out to him and he said ‘Akash please don’t think about the money, whether we get it from insurance or elsewhere you do what you need to do. If you need something in advance we’ll pay that as well. Don’t let money come in way of good treatment’. That was the kind of person that he was,” External link

news18 Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:54:00 PM EAT



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Akash ChopraEN14.93%


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