|Full name||Varun Chopra|
21 June 1987 |
Barking, Essex, England
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Bowling style||Right arm off break|
|Domestic team information|
|2010–2016||Warwickshire (squad no. 3)|
|FC debut||15 April 2006 Essex v Loughborough UCCE|
|LA debut||9 June 2006 Essex v Sri Lankans|
|Source: CricketArchive, 10 April 2017|
The latest to come off an impressive conveyor belt of young batsmen at Essex, of which includes England Test and ODI captain Alastair Cook. Varun Chopra is an opening batsman of considerable talent. He has already impressed as captain of England Under-19s, whom he led to a comprehensive series whitewash of Sri Lanka in 2005. He was on fire himself, averaging 48 in the Tests and striking a half-century in one of the two ODIs. But life was about to get immediately tougher for him and his side – an 11–0 pasting followed on the winter tour of Bangladesh.
Varun Chopra joined the Willetton Dragons cricket club in the 2006/07 season to play first grade in Western Australia.
Graham Gooch is a fan, calling him "a smart lad who works hard at his game and has a natural eye for a ball." Gooch first encountered him at an Indian coaching camp. "He looked a good player then – upright and likes to play off the front and back foots straight through cover."
Chopra's domestic season started off well in 2006 – he struck a hundred and a fifty on Championship debut and has been slowly making his mark in the first team, even keeping Grant Flower out of the side.
- "Derbyshire 312 Essex 271–4: Flower proves hot in chiller". The Independent On Sunday. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
- "Chopra ready to make a step up with Warwickshire". Coventry Telegraph. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
- "Varun Chopra scores second successive double century to put Warwickshire in control against Worcestershire". The Telegraph. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.