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Aakash Chopra looks at various aspects of cricket from a player's perspective
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Why Dhoni's weakness against fuller balls is no longer a problem

Dec 7, 2014: If he shows the discipline he did in England, resisting the temptation to drive full deliveries outside off, he could get a maiden Test hundred in Australia

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Kohli's England failures technical, not mental

Dec 1, 2014: The batsman needs to make a minor adjustment in getting his upper body to move in the direction of the ball, especially if it swings away

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Dhawan's bouncer problem

Nov 25, 2014: Why the Indian opener would be well advised to shelve the hook and pull in Australia

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Pujara and the challenge of being a Test-only batsman

Nov 17, 2014: Shorter tours don't allow you time to get into form, and domestic cricket isn't demanding enough

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What Mitch does

Oct 28, 2013: Johnson has picked up his pace, and his bounce and late movement have got batsmen wary too

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The issue with Ishant

Oct 23, 2013: The fact that his wrist is not behind the ball and the seam doesn't come out upright speak volumes

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Sixes to begin with

Oct 6, 2013: Today's tendency to hit sixes right from the start of the innings, and reliance on upper-body strength, is a radical change from coaching values of flexibility and getting your eye in

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Anatomy of a maverick

Sep 4, 2013: How Pietersen's unique batting style makes him one of the most difficult batsmen to bowl to

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What Australia have done right

Aug 20, 2013: Their batsmen may have flopped but their bowlers have done their homework and stuck to their plans

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The Siddle riddle

Aug 9, 2013: Australia's quintessential workhorse doesn't get much swing but there's enough movement to keep everyone guessing

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Watson's technical tangle

Jul 30, 2013: While Shane Watson needs to be aware of his front-foot problem, he can't afford to be consumed by it

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West Indies v India, tri-series, Port-of-Spain

What makes Bhuvneshwar a threat?

Jul 6, 2013: On the face of it Bhuvneshwar Kumar has no quality that's likely to catch a layman's fancy. But face him with a bat in hand and you'll know his worth

Aakash Chopra at Queen's Park Oval

The Malinga threat

Jun 20, 2013: India's batsmen will need to find a way to overcome Sri Lanka's most potent weapon

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What's up with the conditions in England?

Jun 13, 2013: It's early summer - isn't the ball supposed to dart around corners?

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Dhoni and the art of controlling an IPL match

May 3, 2013: As the game proceeds at breakneck speed around him, his ingenious use of resources often catches the eye

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How does one bowl to Chris Gayle?

Apr 27, 2013: Mission impossible? Not quite

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Unravelling the Narine mystery

Apr 13, 2013: How does the KKR offspinner continue to bamboozle batsmen? Because he knows when to bowl what

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In praise of the offspinner

Mar 7, 2013: They have had it stacked against them but props to them for evolving and keeping their art valid

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Deconstructing Graeme Smith

Feb 28, 2013: How has South Africa's captain lasted so long with a technique that shouldn't work in Test cricket?

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The four horsemen of the apocalypse

Feb 11, 2013: The fast bowlers who form South Africa's attack are all right-armers, but each poses a different challenge to the batsman

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