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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
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Enjoying it while it lasts

Feb 16, 2009: It's not just the cricket one would miss (once one decides to call it a day), but also the days spent sweating it out for and with one’s team-mates on the field - even during practice sessions, spending hours on the roads, trains, flights and

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Duleep Trophy, 2008-09

What price cricket balls?

Feb 12, 2009: The Kookaburra is a good idea all right, but it is a luxury that is not supposed to be enjoyed during the practice sessions

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Indian domestic cricket

Decoding the SG and Kookaburra

Feb 7, 2009: Dear readers,

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Duleep Trophy, 2008-09

No longer the national tournament

Jan 28, 2009: Now that the Ranji format has changed it has become a national tournament in the true sense of the word

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Beyond the Blues

How I wrote Beyond the Blues

Jan 24, 2009: It was a landmark season with Delhi winning the Ranji Trophy after 16 years, North Zone clinching the Duleep Trophy, and me ending up being the highest run-scorer

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Umpiring

When God is the man 22 yards away

Jan 14, 2009: They say 'To err is human, to forgive divine’ and that's concretely manifested in almost every first-class game played in India

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Indian domestic cricket

Quantum of support

Jan 11, 2009: Dear readers,

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Ranji Trophy, 2008-09

Win the toss, bag the match

Jan 7, 2009: Dear readers,

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Ranji Trophy, 2008-09

Welcoming the New Year around the country

Jan 1, 2009: Dear all,

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Ranji Trophy, 2008-09

Out of shape, out of game

Dec 29, 2008: In domestic cricket the ball often goes out of shape in 15 to 20 overs and then the ball is promptly changed

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Thought for food

Dec 22, 2008: Is the Rs 25000 per day set aside for food for players and match officials being put to good use by host associations?

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Selection

A question of contracts

Dec 18, 2008: It is disheartening to not be given a contract after having scored more than 1700 runs last season

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Transit

Another kind of jet lag

Dec 12, 2008: Day before yesterday we left our houses at 11am to catch the 1pm flight to Mumbai en route to Rajkot for the sixth round of the Ranji Trophy

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When cricket becomes irrelevant

Dec 2, 2008: However much I try, despite our first win of the season, I can't really write anything on cricket this time

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What about the spinners?

Nov 27, 2008: There's a common belief that only the tracks that assist the quicker bowlers are good tracks for cricket

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Death by scheduling

Nov 20, 2008: Three rounds into the season, and the tight itinerary is already taking its toll

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Indias within India

Nov 10, 2008: India is a diverse country, but we don't usually try to learn about other cultures when we are touring for domestic matches

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Safe and sorry

Nov 7, 2008: Not many teams go all out in the first few rounds of the Ranji Trophy

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Ticket to Kotla

Oct 29, 2008: The Delhi players would have loved to go and watch Gautam Gambhir score his second hundred against Australia, but they had to wait - unsuccessfully - for the tickets they are entitled to

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Warming up

Training routine

Oct 26, 2008: The Ranji Trophy starts a week from now and all the teams would be preparing in full swing

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