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Former India opener; author of Beyond the Blues, an account of the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy season
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Why's Ojha not playing against Australia?

Mar 13, 2013: There may be plenty of left-hand batsmen in the opposition, but it still doesn't make sense to leave your best bowler out of the side

Aakash Chopra

You need the Kumbles and Dravids, not just the Tendulkars

Feb 20, 2013: How do we assess talent? And why do we persevere with players who we believe have special skills even when they don't display them consistently enough?

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The Ranji Trophy needs neutral venues

Feb 4, 2013: And a tweak to the points system so that there are more outright wins

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Build cricket centres, not stadiums

Jan 29, 2013: Plenty is spent in India on building stadiums that lie idle for months on end. How about building more grounds that are available to up-and-coming cricketers all year-round?

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Who after Fletcher?

Jan 21, 2013: In the past Indian coaches have been appointed based on what they achieved in their playing careers; the current team cannot have one of those

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Criticise their skills, not their commitment

Jan 7, 2013: There's plenty to fault in India's performances in the last 18 months, but the players' lack of intent isn't to blame

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Where are India's next Test openers?

Dec 25, 2012: The domestic circuit isn't producing batsmen with the skills and temperament for five-day cricket. A certain T20 league is to blame, though not entirely

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What's going wrong with India's spin tradition?

Dec 5, 2012: The call for seamer-friendly wickets, and the spinners' own over-defensive mindsets may be to blame

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Dhoni: from instinctive to inflexible

Oct 9, 2012: India's captain has increasingly become rigid in his tactics when the team needs him to be unconventional

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World Twenty20 2012

Dhoni faces tough calls

Sep 18, 2012: After a golden run in his first few years, India's captain faces searching questions in the format that first brought him glory

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India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day

The perils of defensive captaincy

Aug 24, 2012: New Zealand were in a position to put India under pressure on the first two days but Ross Taylor's captaincy was found wanting at crucial stages

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India's selectors pick populism over vision

Aug 16, 2012: The final selections by Srikkanth's committee have sent all the wrong signals to the players and fans

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U-19's fine, but don't forget first-class cricket

Aug 10, 2012: Age-group cricket is increasingly being seen as a shortcut to the big time. We need to make sure players don't bypass first-class cricket entirely

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India, look after your young

Aug 1, 2012: Four ways the BCCI can make first-class cricket as attractive as the IPL to budding cricketers

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Temperament lets Rohit down

Jul 29, 2012: Rohit Sharma makes batting look easy, but five years since his debut, he is yet to arrive in international cricket

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Why does cricket have to be a tool of politics?

Jul 24, 2012: The rush to have India play Pakistan doesn't benefit the game or the players

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Who after Zaheer?

Jul 19, 2012: Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma are the likeliest candidates, but there are a few others who can be contenders, provided they are nurtured carefully

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Wanted: education for players on ethics

Jul 8, 2012: Why the BCCI needs to invest in systems to let players know when they may be going astray

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India's bare spin cupboard

Jul 5, 2012: Kumble's successor, Harbhajan, has faded, and the likes of Ashwin and Mishra aren't quite up to scratch yet

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Who can step into Dravid's giant shoes?

Jun 25, 2012: Three young batsmen stand out from the pack, but they need time and guidance before they can become the backbone of India's middle order

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