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Indian commentator Aakash Chopra has speaks up on Nepotism and Cricket. (source: BCCI twitter handle)

Nepotism in Bollywood has become the talk of the town after Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide. Nepotism exists in many industries, like acting, singing, etc. But does nepotism exists in cricket or sports?

Aakash Chopra was seen in a video talking about nepotism and cricket. He said everything in cricket is based on skills and merit, he gave examples of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian cricketers.

Nepotism is not that relevant in cricket: Chopra

Chopra said that nepotism is not relevant in cricket as compared to other industries. “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,” said Chopra in a video posted on his youtube channel.

He added, “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.”

Aakash Chopra has played 10 test matches for the country

Arjun has not played for the Indian national team yet, whereas Sunil Gavaskar’s son Rohan only played 11 ODI matches for the Indian team. So everything in cricket is merit and skill-based. Rohan scored just 151 runs at an average of 19 runs, whereas in first-class cricket he has scored 6938 runs in 117 matches. Even Aakash Chopra has represented the nation only 10 times where he scored 437 runs at an average of 23.