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Aakash Chopra looks at various aspects of cricket from a player's perspective
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What's Shikhar Dhawan's problem?

Nov 24, 2015: He goes through long barren patches between big scores. Can he change his technique without harming his fast-paced batting?

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The method behind Sehwag's madness

Oct 26, 2015: There was a lot more to Virender Sehwag than see ball, hit ball

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How Zaheer became deadly

Oct 18, 2015: A county stint helped him add variety to his high-quality left-arm pace and taught him to bowl within himself when wickets seemed scarce

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Deconstructing Rohit

Oct 2, 2015: He's delightful to watch because he makes batting look easy, but there are some gaps in his technique in the long form

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Why a wide stance can be a problem

Sep 26, 2015: Increasingly Indian batsmen seem to be choosing to stand with their feet far apart in the crease

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Sangakkara: a mix of modern and orthodox

Aug 19, 2015: He embraced the current practice of playing an all-out aggressive game without sacrificing the strong technique he grew up with

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Why Clarke might not be as good against spin as we think

Aug 2, 2015: The Australian captain is considered world-class against spin, but his numbers in Asia suggest he has some chinks in his armour

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Mustafizur and the art of the cutter

Jul 30, 2015: What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?

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Alastair Cook's mind games

Jul 28, 2015: Was the England captain's slump in form brought on by issues of technique or by a cluttered mind?

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The Rogers method

Jul 15, 2015: The lack of a backlift restricts the Australian opener's range of strokes, especially the drive, but he has managed to use his limitations to his advantage

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Will we see the Harbhajan of old?

Jun 9, 2015: India's leading offspinner of the 2000s fell away because of his tendency to overuse the doosra. Can he make enough of an impact in Bangladesh?

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How aggression pays off for McCullum

Mar 20, 2015: As a batsman, he's bent on taking the fight to the opposition, and it's much the same with his captaincy

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Why it pays to be a left-arm quick

Mar 18, 2015: They create awkward angles for right-hand batsmen and can use the threat of the incoming delivery, which help keep the batsmen quiet

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What makes AB tick

Feb 27, 2015: His still head and ability to maintain a low centre of gravity help him to pull off the shots he does

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The art of Amla

Feb 25, 2015: His amazing bat speed helps make up for a minor technical quirk

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The problem with England's one-day batting

Feb 13, 2015: They prefer to mostly stay in the crease, even to spinners, and don't seem to know how to pace an innings when batting first

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What makes Maxwell different

Feb 10, 2015: Like many other destructive batsmen, he has quick hands. Unlike them, he plays the field set for him, not the bowler

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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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Ross Taylor treats himself

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

Buttler plunders England record books

Stats highlights from Dubai where Jos Buttler broke his own record for England's fastest ODI hundred

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

The forensic artistry of Kane Williamson

His game appears to lack emotion but it is not cold. Like Kallis, but more adaptable and with greater flair

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