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‘At highest level, there is no compromise,’ Aakash Chopra talks about nepotism in cricket

Written by Toshi Pawar

There has been constant talk of nepotism since the death of actor Sushan Singh Rajput. The Indian film industry has always been subjected to the subject of nepotism but this topic has raged on since the untimely demise of Sushant. Former India batsman Aakash Chopra also talked about the issue and how nepotism has affected cricket. Chopra explained that unlike other industries the effect of nepotism is less in cricket. He said that if a player has to play at the highest level then hard work is needed as nothing will be served on a platter

Citing the examples of Rohan Gavaskar and Arjun Tendulkar, Chopra said everyone makes it to the international level by performing in the domestic circuit.

He also said that one does not get chances at the highest level just by being related to a great of the game.

“If you see the bigger picture, Rohan Gavaskar was the son of Sunil Gavaskar, if one has to go by nepotism, Rohan should have played a lot of cricket but it did not happen this way. When he eventually ended up playing for India, he did so because he had a good run with Bengal in domestic cricket,” Chopra said in a video posted on his official YouTube channel.

“Sunil Gavaskar did not make his son play from Mumbai, the same thing can be said about Sachin Tendulkar’s son, Arjun, he is not having anything served to him on a platter. At the highest level, there is no compromise, I do not think nepotism is that relevant in cricket as compared to the other industries,” he added.

Arjun Tendulkar is yet to play at the highest level for India while Rohan Gavaskar played just 11 ODIs for India.

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