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‘It takes time to understand what makes you tick’ – Aakash Chopra

In this episode, we chat with former India Test cricketer, columnist, author and commentator Aakash Chopra.

Aakash tells us about his initiation into the game – in the mid-1980s – and of learning the fundamentals from his legendary coach Tarak Sinha. He goes on to review his international stint and admits he hadn’t fully understood his game until mid-way through his career.

Talking Points:

  • Memories of Sonnet Cricket Club
  • Thinking about the game from an early age
  • The pressure he was under on his Ranji Trophy debut
  • Cricket as a team game v cricket as an individual game
  • Playing for the team v playing to one’s strengths
  • The gift (and curse) of Sachin Tendulkar
  • Writing his first book Beyond the Blues
  • The problem with being fully honest
  • Writing for happiness
  • Enjoying the game through the tough times
  • Finding empathy during the course of criticism
  • … and much more

Participants:

Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Ashoka (@ABVan)

Books by Aakash Chopra:

Beyond the Blues: A Cricket Season Like No Other – Aakash Chopra

Out of the Blue: Rajasthan’s Road to the Ranji Trophy – Aakash Chopra

The Insider – Aakash Chopra

Related:

Aakash Chopra’s ESPNcricinfo columns

Tarak Sinha’s 40-year labor of love – Sharda Ugra

First time I was scared… – Aakash Chopra YouTube channel

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