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

Aug 12, 2010: Video footage is well and good, but there are also plenty of clues for bowlers to pick up from their opponents' grips, back-lifts and stances

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Shirtfront strategies

Jul 29, 2010: What do you do when the curator has it in for bowlers? You plan, persevere and pray

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Whose call is it anyway?

Jul 15, 2010: Backing up, calling right, rotating the strike, stealing singles, and avoiding run-outs: running between wickets is a skill in its own right

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The changing role of the opener

Jul 1, 2010: The demands on players at the top of the order have changed drastically since the likes of Virender Sehwag arrived on the scene

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The fielder's checklist

Jun 15, 2010: There's a lot more to it than just throwing, catching and diving. Fielding can magically lift or drastically bring down a team's performance

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The whole 22 yards

Jun 3, 2010: Bounce, seam, spin - different pitches serve them up in different quantities. What do players do to stay on top?

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Sharp eyes, soft hands, quick feet

May 20, 2010: A few key skills and attributes needed to be succesful against spin bowling

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Advantage lefties

May 6, 2010: Life's better in cricket if you're a left-hand batsman or bowler

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The science of the big hit

Apr 22, 2010: There's a lot more to hitting a long ball than clearing your front foot out of the way and having a swipe

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Look sharp, think smart

Apr 8, 2010: Use your bowlers well, pick the best batting line-up, and keep an eye on the time-outs and over rates

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Overlords, seducers, associates

Mar 25, 2010: The importance of captaincy in Twenty20 cannot be overstated. A look at the most common methods

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Breaking down the double

Mar 11, 2010: Bat first, open the innings, dominate the bowlers, stay in the zone, be in top physical shape. But also be an exceptionally gifted player

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Win when it's swinging

Feb 25, 2010: You could watch the bowler's wrist, the seam position, the side of the shine, but still not cover all eventualities. Pity the batsman a little, won't you?

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The hows and whys of ball-tampering

Feb 11, 2010: Just about every cricketer has tried to alter the condition of the ball; the batsman-friendly nature of the game is to blame

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How to find form and stay in it

Jan 28, 2010: It's a state of mind when runs or wickets come without really trying. But getting there takes a combination of things and holding on to it isn't all that easy

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It's not me, it's dew

Jan 14, 2010: There's little fielding sides can do once the ball is wet. Pitch it on the right length, try yorkers, slower balls, bouncers? It's easier said than done

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After the deluge

Dec 17, 2009: Batting after a side has put up a 600-plus total calls for mental and physical fortitude

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The games bounce plays

Dec 3, 2009: How high the ball rises upon pitching determines the quality of a track; if it is variable, it determines the quality of batsmen too

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Planning amid the mayhem

Nov 19, 2009: How teams go about strategising in the shortest format of the game

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Damage control

Nov 5, 2009: What bowlers do to survive in the shortest, cruellest format of the game

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