Akash Chopra regrets writing off Australia: Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra eats up his word and regrets writing off Australia. He had criticized the Kangaroos during their losses in the initial two games of the World Cup. As they rose again and reached the final by beating Proteas in the semifinal, Mr. Chopra admitted that he shouldn’t have doubted them ever.
Akash Chopra regrets writing off Australia
“I will put my hand up and say that when they lost their first two matches, I said this team won’t go anywhere, because they were not looking like Australia. I have eaten my words and they taste bitter,” Chopra said.
He acknowledged that Australia always rise to expectations during the knockout stages.
“Australia—they activate beast mode as soon as they reach the knockouts,” he said.
He also opined that South Africa fought hard even though they lost their top order too soon.
“South Africa—they didn’t choke. Nobody will say they choked here. They have played very well. A few shortcomings were seen in batting, for sure; they dropped some catches as well, but they fought hard. It was enjoyable to see their entire campaign. It was a spirited campaign.”
He also took his time to shower praise on Australian bowler Mitchell Starc for his magisterial performance against South Africa in the semifinal.
“Mitchell Starc raised the level of his game. He picked up three wickets. Pat Cummins took wickets. Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell went empty-handed, but they still stopped the opposition team.”