Aakash Chopra

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here. @cricketaakash

Brendon McCullum lashes one through the off side

How aggression pays off for McCullum

As a batsman, he's bent on taking the fight to the opposition, and it's much the same with his captaincy

Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket

Why it pays to be a left-arm quick

They create awkward angles for right-hand batsmen and can use the threat of the incoming delivery, which help keep the batsmen quiet

Mohammad Naveed celebrates the wicket of Haris Sohail

Why a ten-team World Cup is right

The sport's top event must be a high-quality affair. It's up to us to ensure that Associates get a fair chance at making the cut for it

AB de Villiers scored 55 runs off his last 13 deliveries

What makes AB tick

His still head and ability to maintain a low centre of gravity help him to pull off the shots he does

Hashim Amla drives down the ground

The art of Amla

His amazing bat speed helps make up for a minor technical quirk

Glenn Maxwell gets ready to reverse-sweep

What makes Maxwell different

Like many other destructive batsmen, he has quick hands. Unlike them, he plays the field set for him, not the bowler

BJ Watling avoids a bouncer

The modern batsman's weakness against the bouncer

A lot of batsmen nowadays take blows to the head or body because they commit too early on the front foot when they should be focusing on going deeper in the crease