Delhi's Chopra signs with Kolkata
DELHI OPENER Aakash Chopra has been snapped up by Shah Rukh Khan's Kolkata IPL franchise. Chopra, who finished top of the run-scorers' charts this Ranji season, signed on the dotted line on Friday.
"Negotiations had begun right after the Duleep Trophy and I signed the MoU yesterday," Chopra told HT.
Asked whether the back-to-back tons he blazed in the Ranji zonal one-dayers this week had anything to do with the signing, Chopra said: "An agreement was reached well before the one-dayers, these innings had nothing to do with it,"
Chopra will be the second Delhi player, after Ishant Sharma, to turn out for the Kolkata outfit said he didn't regret signing for the Delhi Daredevils. He termed his decision to sign with Kolkata as 'a logical one'.
"Look, Delhi did not approach me, while Kolkata did. They wanted me, and I liked the idea of joining them, so I have no regrets," Chopra said.
"And anyway, with Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag in the Delhi side, I don't know how many opportunities I would get," he added.
Speaking about the perception people had of him not being a T20 player, Chopra said: "I had been stereotyped as a player only suited for the longer version of the game, no one took me seriously when it would come to one-dayers, or now, T20s.
"But the fact is I never got a chance to prove myself, I was asked to do a job - that of blunting the new ball - and did just that," Chopra said
"It wasn't fair to judge me without giving me a chance."
Chopra, who is currently enjoying a rich vein of form, said he was looking forward to joining the Kolkata team.
"Kolkata are a high-profile team. John Buchanan is a coach I can learn so much from, I am really excited," he said.
"It will give me a chance to grow as a cricketer, and everyone has to do that."