Chopra picks his 5 biggest moments of 2020
2020 has been a year of misfortunes and uncertainties in every human’s walk of life. The coronavirus pandemic sabotaged the international sporting calendar of various sporting events all across the world. Even the lucrative IPL was postponed for an indefinite period of time.
The international cricket events were abandoned. BCCI pulled off a masterstroke in hosting the IPL in UAE. Then slowly, other international cricket events resumed in their respective nations. Meanwhile, 2020 saw unexpected news as well.
Former Indian cricketer and current cricket expert Aakash Chopra picked his top 5 moments from 2020. The cricket analyst picked MS Dhoni’s retirement news as the huge moment of 2020. Nobody expected this announcement from the cricketing brain who won everything for Team India. He called curtains on his international career in late August 15, 2020.
As far as no.2 moment, the cricket expert picked Virat Kohli’s failure to score a hundred in 2020. The Indian skipper burst onto the international scene in 2008 and also scored a century in that year. Since 2008, he has been scoring centuries in every year except for 2020.
“The biggest story of the year was MS Dhoni announcing his retirement. It was an era that has finished. It was known that he might not play, but the finality was not there. We were all waiting, but 2020 was the year when he announced his retirement through an Instagram video. We all obviously are going to miss him,” said Chopra on his Facebook video.
Coming to no.3, the former Indian opener picked Mohammad Hafeez’s T20 success as the best moment. The Pakistan all-rounder took his batting to the next level in the shortest form of the game. He also steered his team to PSL final. As far as the fourth moment is concerned, Chopra went with Mumbai Indians’ winning streak.
Mumbai Indians scripted history by becoming the first team to win 5 IPL titles. The most successful IPL team defended the title for the first time in their history.
“Then the story of Mumbai Indians. They won the title for the fifth time. Defending the title is a very difficult task, but the margin with which they won, it seemed they were sitting high on the pedestal while others were fighting to reach there. Such dominance is very rarely seen in T20 cricket.
They have shown they are the best franchise team in the world,” added Aakash Chopra. Chopra’s fifth-biggest moment is James Anderson’s 600 Tests wickets in 2020. England international became the first fast bowler to achieve the feat.