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Aakash Chopra looks at various aspects of cricket from a player's perspective
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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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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
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