Prashant Chopra unbeaten third-wicket stand of 264 with Paras Dogra (99*), flattened Punjab’s bowling attack.
Himachal Pradesh opener Prashant Chopra put to sword the Punjab bowling attack to make an unbeaten 271 on Day One — the second most number of runs made by a batsman in a day in Ranji Trophy history. Bhausaheb Nimbalkar, who made 277 in a day during his 443 not out nearly 70 years ago, is the only batsman who has a tally greater than Chopra’s. The 25-year-old nearly scored at a run a ball and faced just 289 deliveries. His breezy knock contained 37 fours and one six. Chopra’s previous best in First-class cricket was 237.
His unbeaten third-wicket stand of 264 with Paras Dogra (99*), flattened Punjab’s bowling attack, which comprised pacers Barinder Singh Sran and Sandeep Sharma. Prashant Chopra was an integral member of India’s 2012 U-19 World Cup squad.
Opening the innings with captain Unmukt Chand, he struck three half centuries in the showpiece event. He was Himachal’s highest run-getter in the last Ranji season, aggregating 978 runs from 9 matches, which included three centuries. Rishi Dhawan, Himachal Pradesh’s all-rounder termed Friday’s knock as “extraodinary”. “He is an aggressive stroke-player. However, the beauty of this knock was the manner he paced his innings. The wicket was a little sluggish, and he batted with considerable restraint in the morning session,” Dhawan explained.
Chopra will not be available for Himachal’s next Ranji game as he has been selected for the two ODIs against New Zealand A. Chopra is a Solan native, but has played his cricket in Sector 16 in Chandigarh, where his father Shivkumar Chopra is a coach. The 25-year-old loves listening to Punjabi pop songs and is a die-hard Salman Khan fan.
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