Former India opener and now one of most seasoned voices during live broadcast of international cricket in the country, Aakash Chopra has been roped in by the Australia’s Channel 7 in its star-studded panel for the live broadcast of the Australia-India Test series Down Under.
The free to air Channel 7 is the live and exclusive broadcaster for the four-Test Australia India series, starting at the Adelaide Oval tomorrow (Wednesday).
Chopra joins the Channel 7 expert commentators’ panel of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, Damien Fleming, Glenn McGrath, Michael Slater, Jason Gillespie and Trent Copeland, a former Australian fast bowler.
Chopra returns to Adelaide precisely 15 years after he has opened the innings for India in the four-wicket win over the hosts in spite of trailing in the first innings. “I am Looking forward to this opportunity with great excitement. Memories are coming back as I have been here as a player. Adelaide (0n India’s 2003 tour Down Under) was a very, very special Test match for all of us because we won there after trailing in the first innings. Now I am here after 15 years in a completely different role. I am extremely excited to be working for an overseas broadcaster as a commentator for the first time,” Chopra told InsideSport.co from Adelaide.
Chopra though has been on several international cricket chat shows and appeared as an expert on ITV . However, for an ex-Indian cricketer to do live commentary on an Australian sports broadcast network is akin to playing at the Lord’s, London.
“It is also a matter of great honour and pride that you are the only one from India to be working for Channel 7. Being a free to air broadcaster, it will reach out to a lot of people. It is a matter of pride to be working alongside the likes of McGrath, Fleming, Ponting… Some of them are outstanding broadcast professionals now. Some of them have been outstanding cricketers in their heydays. That puts me in a great company to represent (my) nation thousands of miles away from home.
“I see myself in a responsible position to be the Indian voice and present the Indian perspective to the Australian cricket fans on this entire tour.”
During the four-Test series, Chopra will have a hectic schedule on match days as he also joins the live commentary team for radio SEN 1116, besides contributing regular columns to the Sydney Morning Herald.
India start their four-Test series against hosts Australia at Adelaide tomorrow. The other three games are scheduled at Perth (December 14-18), Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7, 2019).