‘Ye 40-40 run maar rahe ho drop ho jaoge’: Aakash Chopra Recalls Virender Sehwag’s Advice Before Getting Dropped

Former India openers Aakash Chopra and Virender Sehwag started their international careers almost at the same time. While Sehwag made his debut for India in 2001, Aakash Chopra did it in 2003. But while Sehwag went on to become one of the greatest openers in the history of the game, Aakash Chopra failed to follow that path. A domestic cricket stalwart, Aakash Chopra was Sehwag’s opening partner during the famous tours of Australia in 2003/04 and the tour of Pakistan in 2004. In both the series, Sehwag had made his mark. He scored 195 in the Melbourne Test before becoming

‘Ye 40-40 run maar rahe ho drop ho jaoge’: Aakash Chopra Recalls Virender Sehwag’s Advice Before Getting Dropped

Former India openers Aakash Chopra and Virender Sehwag started their international careers almost at the same time. While Sehwag made his debut for India in 2001, Aakash Chopra did it in 2003. But while Sehwag went on to become one of the greatest openers in the history of the game, Aakash Chopra failed to follow that path.

A domestic cricket stalwart, Aakash Chopra was Sehwag’s opening partner during the famous tours of Australia in 2003/04 and the tour of Pakistan in 2004. In both the series, Sehwag had made his mark. He scored 195 in the Melbourne Test before becoming the first Indian to score a triple century in Tests during the Multan Test.

Aakash Chopra, on the other hand, failed to score big in any of the games. He was finally dropped from the side after the home series against Australia in 2004. The former cricketer-turned-commentator recently recalled his international career and revealed how Sehwag advised him to score big to avoid getting dropped from the team.

“He would come and tell me, ‘Chopraji ye 40-40 run maar rahe ho drop ho jaoge team se. Set hone ke baad out hone se koi khelta nahi hai aage (Chopra ji, you are scoring 40-40 scores, would be dropped from the team. No one stays in the team if he gets out after settling down).’ And he would also say the same thing about himself,” Aakash Chopra said during a recent with Gaurav Kapur on his ’22 Yarns’ Podcast uploaded on Spotify.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. Image Credits: Twitter

Sehwag was indeed right as Aakash Chopra was soon dropped from the side and failed to break it into the team again. In his 10-Test career, he scored 437 runs with the help of a couple of fifties.

Sehwag’s understanding of his game:

Aakash Chopra further praised Sehwag, saying just how good his ex-India teammate was about understanding his game. He spoke about how self-aware and honest Sehwag was about his game, and knew exactly where his strengths and weaknesses were.

“His (Sehwag) strength is that he is brutally honest about what he could and couldn’t do. Even with all the bravado and aggression and ‘Viru’ style of playing, you won’t remember him actually taking on a bouncer. Now that’s discipline,” Aakash Chopra said.

“That tells you loads about what’s behind that exterior, that facade that we see, which is carefree, happy-go-lucky, see the ball hit the ball. He’s seen a bouncer, and he hasn’t attempted it in 8,000 Test runs. So that kind of discipline, understanding, and conviction in his own game was unbelievable.

“He would tell you, ‘Yaar ball zyada swing ho raha hai, aaj mera nahi chalega, tu wahi reh (ball is swinging too much, my shots won’t work),’ knowing fully well ke ‘ye meri strength nai hai (today is not my day)’. See, understanding your strengths and weaknesses is very important. Knowing what you can, and more importantly, can’t do. He knew that ‘abhi ball swing ho raha hai, phas jaunga. Chod na, abhi 5-7 over nikal jayenge to achha hi hai (Ball is swinging now, I will get stuck. Let us stick out 5-7 overs in the middle)’. He knew that if he stays there then he can put them to the sword,” he added.

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Graeme Smith Hits Back At Race Bias Claims By Former Teammate

Former South Africa Graeme Smith has hit back at the racial bias claims by his former teammate Thami Tsolekile. The legendary South Africa cricketer has issued a personal statement on recent allegations made by the former wicketkeeper. Tsolekile joined the likes of Makhaya Ntini and Ashwell Prince in stating that he was racially discriminated during Graeme Smith’s captaincy tenure. Over the past two weeks, Tsolekile has conducted interviews, insisting that he did not get the chance to replace Mark Boucher in the team despite being his backup. He recalled how he was identified as Boucher’s successor in 2012, only to

Graeme Smith Hits Back At Race Bias Claims By Former Teammate

Former South Africa Graeme Smith has hit back at the racial bias claims by his former teammate Thami Tsolekile. The legendary South Africa cricketer has issued a personal statement on recent allegations made by the former wicketkeeper. Tsolekile joined the likes of Makhaya Ntini and Ashwell Prince in stating that he was racially discriminated during Graeme Smith’s captaincy tenure.

Over the past two weeks, Tsolekile has conducted interviews, insisting that he did not get the chance to replace Mark Boucher in the team despite being his backup. He recalled how he was identified as Boucher’s successor in 2012, only to be sidelined when Boucher was injured in England. He did not get the chance to keep the wickets as South African team-management asked AB de Villiers to don the wicketkeeping gloves. Recalling the incident, Tsolekile said it was ‘pure racism’.

On Tuesday, he took a direct aim at Graeme Smith after the former Proteas skipper told the media he did not know the extent of the difficulties players of colour faced. Tsolekile accused Graeme Smith of dividing the team and stated that there was no unity in the team.

“Graeme Smith, you have divided us in a manner that I never had any hope of playing for the Proteas under your leadership. And there was no unity in the team.

“Graeme Smith, I’m sure you’re aware that [former selection convener] Linda Zondi, the puppet, once said I deserve to play. But his opinion wouldn’t have mattered because you were so powerful,” he said.

Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith (Credits: Twitter)

Graeme Smith reacts:

Replying to the recent allegations, Graeme Smith has defended himself. The legendary cricketer took to his social media accounts to post a statement where he denied the racial bias claims and stated that he had ‘personal relationship challenges’ with several other players including the likes of Lance Klusener and Shaun Pollock.

Speaking about Tsolekile’s claims regarding the wicketkeeping, Graeme Smith insisted that race did not play a role in the decision to replace Boucher with de Villiers. He also stated that Tsolekile was in the squad as a backup to de Villiers and it was told to him by the-then coach Gary Kirsten.

“In the case of the 2012 tour to England, which Thami has alluded to, there was a whole panel of selectors. Thami was in the squad as reserve keeper to AB de Villiers and this was communicated to him on both the England and Australian tours by Gary Kirsten, which has been previously acknowledged by Thami,” he postedin a statement on Instagram.

“Unfortunately, Thami was a wicketkeeper, which meant he was always only fighting for one position. I can understand how frustrating that must have been, and there have been several other excellent wicket-keepers that South African cricket never saw on an international stage, because keepers tend to stay in a team for long periods of time. That is also an international trend, not unique to South Africa,” added Graeme Smith.

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