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

Nov 12, 2012: He needs to remember, when he gets to 30 or 40, that he isn't playing like he used to

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The low arts of Shane Watson

Oct 3, 2012: His ability to get down and under the ball has been key to his success on the subcontinent

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Zaheer's old-ball problem

Sep 27, 2012: He isn't making it talk like he used to in his heyday. Is poor fitness to blame?

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The Kohli method

Sep 13, 2012: His numbers are phenomenal, and that's thanks largely to his ability to make a plan and stick to it

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India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 3rd day

How Southee outsmarted India

Sep 2, 2012: Using his height, action and intelligence, Tim Southee has set himself to become New Zealand's long-term leader of the pace pack

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Be bold, decisive: How NZ should play Indian spin

Aug 29, 2012: A quick course on playing spin in the subcontinent

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Laxman the revolutionary

Aug 21, 2012: You could marvel at VVS Laxman's unorthodox style as long as you didn't try it at home

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The Philander puzzle

Aug 19, 2012: He found overwhelming success in his first seven Tests but is now struggling in England. It's all to do with the nuts and bolts of how he bowls

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Why Malinga is less dangerous now

Aug 9, 2012: The use of a new ball from either end in ODIs has made his yorker, bouncer and slower one easier to deal with

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Memo to India's bowlers

Dec 26, 2011: Sure, the wickets in Australia are faster and bouncier than back home; all the more reason to pitch it up

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Australia: the opening batsman's guide

Dec 25, 2011: There's a fair bit of bounce on wickets down under, but that's not as bad as it may seem if you're walking out to bat first up

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A tale of three legspinners

May 30, 2011: Piyush Chawla, Amit Mishra and Rahul Sharma have the skills to be successful for India. But their actions still need some work

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The styles of Gayle and Sehwag

May 17, 2011: The two opening batsmen have more in common than just their placid demeanours and astronomical strike rates

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Spin and the art of attack

Apr 14, 2011: Being an aggressive spinner is not about bowling flat and fast. Quite the opposite, and you only have to look at veteran bowlers operate in Twenty20 to see that

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When a choke isn't a choke

Apr 7, 2011: South Africa losing the plot against New Zealand was more panic than choke. There is a difference

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Death becomes them

Oct 28, 2010: Some batsmen and bowlers have come to be considered specialists at the end of an innings. How do they do what they do?

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Speed or swing? How about both?

Oct 7, 2010: Most fast bowlers wish they were skilled in both arts. And though physics and genetics play a role in determining who gets what, it's not impossible to achieve the golden combo

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The second-most important man in the side

Sep 23, 2010: Apart from squatting, diving, catching and throwing all day, a wicketkeeper keeps the team together with his observations and chatter. Don't let anyone tell you it's easy

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The intricacies of setting a field

Sep 9, 2010: It's not as simple as having men in right places at right times, deliberate vacant spaces are just as important

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Reading the bowler

Aug 26, 2010: Keep an eye on the point of release, the wrist, the position of the seam and more

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