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Aakash Chopra looks at various aspects of cricket from a player's perspective
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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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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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Why England's spinners are better

Dec 13, 2012: A look at why Panesar and Swann have outbowled Ojha and Ashwin in India

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Reverse psychology

Dec 10, 2012: Playing reverse swing is as much of an art as any other in cricket

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Keep it outside off

Nov 22, 2012: England's bowlers need to be more aware of the lines they bowl at different stages of an innings in India

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Gambhir's problem is mindset, not technique

Nov 14, 2012: In Test cricket he needs to find a way of controlling instincts that have been successful for him in the limited-overs game

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Out of 70 batsmen who've scored 15 or more Test hundreds only five are from Pakistan, but Younis Khan's appetite for hundreds matches that of some of the top contemporary batsmen

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    When a team loses its best bowler, it is expected that the team's performance will suffer. As usual, Pakistan defied the expectations