Aakash Chopra is an Indian cricket player, who played for the Indian cricket team as a defensive opening batsman and a close catcher in test matches from late 2003 till late 2004. He is known for his calm demeanor and jovial approach to cricket. At present, he has been retained by the Rajasthan Royals team to play for the IPL 5 season 2012.
This right hand batsman and right arm medium pacer has played in 10 test matches and 154 first class matches. In 2009, he has played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2 and in IPL 4, he was signed by the Rajasthan Royals. Post his representing Delhi team, he joined the Rajasthan team as a guest player in Ranji Plate division, helping the team become the first Plate division team to have reached Ranji finals.
Aakash made his test debut in Ahmedabad against the team of New Zealand in late 2003, and his international career started well, scoring 2 half centuries against New Zealand during 2003-04 series in the second test match held in Mohali. The same season, on a tour to Australia, Chopra has had solid partnerships with Virender Sehwag, which included 2 century opening partnerships in Sydney and Melbourne.
On a tour to Pakistan, he made another century stand along with Sehwag, with India team passing 600 runs in the first innings, setting up a large innings defeat in the first test match held in Miltan against Pakistan. Aakash was reintroduced as partner along with Sehwag in 2004 Border-Gavaskar Trophy after Sachin Tendulkar got injured for the first test match in Bangalore. There were many ups and downs post this match for Aakash.