Varun Chopra

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Varun Chopra
Personal information
Full name Varun Chopra
Born (1987-06-21) 21 June 1987 (age 29)
Barking, Essex, England
Nickname Tidz
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break
Domestic team information
Years Team
2005–2009 Essex
2010–2016 Warwickshire (squad no. 3)
2016–present Essex
FC debut 15 April 2006 Essex v Loughborough UCCE
LA debut 9 June 2006 Essex v Sri Lankans
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 170 91 79
Runs scored 9,448 3,506 1,824
Batting average 36.33 42.75 27.22
100s/50s 19/48 7/24 0/14
Top score 233* 115 97*
Balls bowled 204 18
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 198/– 33/– 18/–
Source: CricketArchive, 10 April 2017

Varun Chopra (born 21 June 1987 in Barking, Greater London) is an English cricketer, and has captained the English U-19 cricket team in series against Sri Lanka in 2005 and India in 2006.

Chopra attended Ilford County High School and played for Ilford Cricket Club.[1]

He played for Essex, and made his debut for the senior side in 2006, making 106 in a drawn game against Gloucestershire, becoming the youngest player to score a century for Essex in county cricket.

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.

Chopra joined Warwickshire for the start of the 2010 season.[2] In 2011 he became the first Warwickshire batsman to score double tons in back to back county matches.[3]

Chopra was part of the England Lions' tour of Australia in 2013, and made a century against Australia A.


  1. ^ "Derbyshire 312 Essex 271–4: Flower proves hot in chiller". The Independent On Sunday. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Chopra ready to make a step up with Warwickshire". Coventry Telegraph. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Varun Chopra scores second successive double century to put Warwickshire in control against Worcestershire". The Telegraph. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 

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