The big dream is to represent India in international cricket, says Agni Chopra, son of Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: His father is a stalwart in the film industry. His mother is a renowned film critic. But unlike his parents, Agni Chopra – son of Vidhu Vinod and Anupama Chopra – has scripted a different career path, with a bat in his hands. The 25-year-old has made a blockbuster entry in First Class cricket, with a record debut season for Mizoram in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.
Ever since marking his First Class debut against Sikkim with a sterling 166 in the Ranji Trophy opener, Agni has notched up a whopping 767 runs in eight innings. His phenomenal run includes five hundreds and a fifty, thus making him the highest run-getter in this season’s Ranji Trophy.
Having been the Mumbai Under-19 captain in 2017, Agni is no stranger to limelight. But making his higher-grade debut – that too as a guest player – he was thrust with the additional responsibility of leading the batting unit. The first four weeks have showcased he has the ability to rise against the odds.
The fact that he has been consistent with the willow is an indicator that he has it in him to make it big. Cynics may undermine his sterling effort by pointing out the fact that he has tasted success in the lower division of the Ranji Trophy. However, to score consistently in higher-grade cricket is no mean feat, especially for a youngster who is desperate to make the most of his big break.
“We should not forget it’s First Class cricket after all. It presents a different set of challenges. The standard is good and it has given me the confidence one requires at the start of his career,” says Agni.
“Every team has two or three guest players who have played very high level of cricket, so I am glad that the maiden Ranji debut is turning out well for me. I hope I can help Mizoram qualify for the Elite Group for the next season and continue in the same vein.”
He may try his best to play down his achievement but his average of almost 96 and a strike rate of 112 would surely have made even the Indian Premier League franchises sit up and take notice. And the youngster hopes to attract a bid at the IPL Auction next year.
“The big dream is to represent India in international cricket. And IPL is obviously a major milestone en route. I have heard many friends and senior refer to playing in the IPL being as good as playing international cricket. I will keep working hard and hope for the best,” he says.
While Agni’s sensational debut season has definitely given Mizoram a chance to qualify for the Elite Group, his proud parents would definitely be humming “All iz well” to themselves. After all, Agni’s struggle seems to have finally started bearing fruits!

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