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

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

M Vijay avoids a short ball

The secret of Vijay's success

The Indian opener does not play the horizontal-bat shots, but he has a good record in Australia regardless