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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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In search of India's next Test openers

Jun 18, 2012: Why have India been so dismal in Tests abroad recently? First up in a four-part analysis: does the opening combination need changing?

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Who's mentoring India's youngsters?

Jun 12, 2012: Test prospects are not getting enough guidance, if you go by recent performances. The talent pool won't keep supplying quality players endlessly

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Flatter, faster, weaker

Jun 6, 2012: Most Indian spinners today are content to bowl wicket to wicket rather than attack batsmen with turn and bounce. The IPL is to blame to a large extent

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Educating players is the first step in tackling corruption

May 17, 2012: Also important: monitoring player agents and putting fair salary rules into place

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Take a bow, BCCI

May 14, 2012: The Indian board's decision to acknowledge the efforts of former cricketers with cash rewards is a good and much-needed gesture

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India A in West Indies 2012

Why not Harbhajan Singh for India A?

Apr 29, 2012: While the batsmen picked in the India A squad for the summer's tour of the West Indies show a move in one definite direction, the bowling ensemble seems to indicate a bit of jumbled thinking on the selectors' part

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A cricketer most evolved

Mar 19, 2012: Every time Rahul Dravid found a glitch in his batting, he did everything he could to correct it. Even when it required superhuman effort

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Why bring the spirit of the game into it?

Mar 8, 2012: When India appealed for run-out against a non-striker who was backing up, and against a batsman who touched the ball with his hand, they were following the laws. How can that be morally wrong?

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Overhaul, no. Futile tweaks, yes

Feb 25, 2012: The proposed changes to Indian domestic cricket don't address the real problems: substandard pitches, redundant tournaments, and rewards for mediocrity

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Sehwag's legacy is in his hands

Feb 20, 2012: Whether he joins the ranks of the all-time greats depends on how he counters his current slump

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Does rotation work for India?

Feb 11, 2012: Why the idea of having those in the top order take turns at playing is flawed

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Munaf, a product of Indian conditions

Jun 15, 2011: Slow, low playing conditions may force India's bowlers to sacrifice pace, but they also make them smarter, says Aakash Chopra

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India v Pakistan, 2nd semi-final, World Cup 2011

Is this really patriotism?

Apr 1, 2011: Looking at the hype and hysteria that surrounds every India-Pakistan encounter, one wonders whether India has really evolved as a responsible nation

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South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town

A spell from hell

Jan 5, 2011: Dale Steyn's bowling was like a dream which made those watching feel it wasn't from the real game but on Play Station 4

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India in South Africa 2010-11

The secret of Zaheer's success

Dec 30, 2010: He has learnt the art of bringing the ball back into the right-hander too and also sacrificed a bit of pace for accuracy

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Matt Prior isn't as bad as he is made out to be

Sympathy for the devil

Aug 15, 2007: Aakash Chopra on the difficulty of making adjustments to your game during a series. Case in point: Matt Prior

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Why left-arm seamers are a handful

When left is right

Aug 7, 2007: Aakash Chopra on just why left-arm seam bowlers can be more than a handful

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Strauss and Cook's no-win situation at Trent Bridge

Pity the poor opener

Jul 31, 2007: Aakash Chopra on the hazards of being an opening batsman

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Dravid and Tendulkar at Lord's

A tale of two lbws

Jul 26, 2007: Bat behind the pad or alongside it? Aakash Chopra ponders the dismissals of Dravid and Tendulkar at Lord's

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Playing at HQ

Mind the slope, boys

Jul 16, 2007: Aakash Chopra on the challenges cricketers face at Lord's

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Channel nine

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TCM November issue

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The kinaesthetic beauty of timing

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Azhar needs to step up and take charge

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The difference between Nagpur and Nottingham

One home advantage is not better or worse than the other, but this pitch had variable turn, bounce and pace to go with the fact that pitches that turn from ball one get worse with time

India's pace puzzle: Aaron or Umesh?

With India playing most of their Test cricket at home over the next 18 months, they will have to choose between their two quickest bowlers most of the time. A tricky choice, given Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav's hit or miss tendencies

Ross Taylor treats himself

How Ross Taylor reconciled with New Zealand cricket and made the highest score by a visiting batsman in Australia

A six-ton Test, and Imran's prolific 30s

Plus: most runs in a Test by a New Zealander, and c&b by the same bowler twice in a Test

South Africa fall to record lows

Stats highlights from the second day's play in Nagpur, where South Africa collapsed to their lowest total since their return to Test cricket

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