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Aakash Chopra looks at various aspects of cricket from a player's perspective
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The modern batsman's weakness against the bouncer

Jan 15, 2015: 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

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What can India do against Steven Smith?

Jan 4, 2015: He has made over 500 runs in the three Tests so far, but he isn't quite invincible

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The secret of Vijay's success

Dec 31, 2014: The Indian opener does not play the horizontal-bat shots, but he has a good record in Australia regardless

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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

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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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The many crickets of an Indian boyhood

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Kohli at No. 4 - defensive or practical?

It seems Virat Kohli is to not bat before the 12th or 13th over to strengthen the middle and the lower middle order. It suggests a lack of confidence in what was supposed to be India's strength in their title defence: their batting

Open with Rohit and Binny, with Kohli at No. 3

India's batting is going the way of their bowling in Australia, and they need get their order sorted before the World Cup

Off-stump blues leave Dhawan flailing

The out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan still has the backing of his captain, but there's no denying his slump has arrived at an inconvenient time for India and his technical issues have to be sorted out before they attempt to defend the World Cup

On TV it looks uglier than it actually is

Often reasonable arguments on the field look nasty beyond the boundary and on camera

'Teams can't have set formula' - Dravid

In the first episode of Contenders, a special ten-part buildup to the 2015 World Cup, Rahul Dravid and Graeme Smith discuss the impact of local conditions on team compositions and the issues surrounding the format of the tournament

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