Aakash Chopra

Former India opener

@cricketaakash


Has Rohit Sharma cracked the Test match opening code?
Has Rohit Sharma cracked the Test match opening code?

The England series will be a litmus test for him, but he has already shown that he can adapt his attacking style to the demands of the format

What's wrong with Pujara? The answer might lie in his feet
What's wrong with Pujara? The answer might lie in his feet

He seems more hesitant and is moving his feet a lot less against pace

What guard is right for which batter?
What guard is right for which batter?

It's down to the conditions you've grown up in, your trigger movements, and how you're trying to influence the bowler's tactics

Why did India lose the plot in one hour on the last day of the WTC final?
Why did India lose the plot in one hour on the last day of the WTC final?

They needed to bat a little longer to beef up their total and eat into the overs left in the day. Why did they launch an all-out attack?

Five things India must keep in mind in the WTC final
Five things India must keep in mind in the WTC final

They need to understand how New Zealand play their cricket, and respond to that

Chetan Sakariya, Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel are the finds of the curtailed IPL
Chetan Sakariya, Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel are the finds of the curtailed IPL

The three young uncapped Indian fast bowlers promise much for the future

MS Dhoni is key to how CSK have turned things around this season
MS Dhoni is key to how CSK have turned things around this season

So far this IPL, the Chennai Super Kings have offered a stark contrast to last year

How do you bat in a T20 in Chennai or Mumbai?
How do you bat in a T20 in Chennai or Mumbai?

With the current lot of IPL games being played in these two cities, the ability to deal with the conditions there is to the fore

Five things I'm curious about in the 2021 IPL
Five things I'm curious about in the 2021 IPL

How will CSK use Raina and Dhoni? Where will Glenn Maxwell bat? Will Shaw find his mojo?

How do you bat on pitches like Ahmedabad? Take risks, choose your shots, use your feet
How do you bat on pitches like Ahmedabad? Take risks, choose your shots, use your feet

Wickets like the one for the third Test might be a lottery, but as a batsman you're not quite doomed from the start

All the things Joe Root did right against India's spinners in Chennai
All the things Joe Root did right against India's spinners in Chennai

He was early to pick the length, used the sweep judiciously, and had a good sense of when and whom to attack

Bess and Leach have their work cut out for them in India
Bess and Leach have their work cut out for them in India

They need control and consistency while bowling long spells

Modern batsmen don't focus on their feet and that's mostly okay
Modern batsmen don't focus on their feet and that's mostly okay

Their techniques have been shaped by the cricket they play the most, and challenging Test pitches don't often feature

Why it's not time to give up on Prithvi Shaw yet
Why it's not time to give up on Prithvi Shaw yet

We might not understand his methods, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't give him chances to succeed or fail before writing him off

How should India bowl to Steven Smith?
How should India bowl to Steven Smith?

Don't bother trying to get him out lbw, among other things

How Hardik Pandya turned from being an allrounder to a proper, game-changing batsman
How Hardik Pandya turned from being an allrounder to a proper, game-changing batsman

He can adapt to different situations and mould his game accordingly in both forms of white-ball cricket

How can India's bowlers find the balance on Australian pitches?
How can India's bowlers find the balance on Australian pitches?

Bumrah, Chahal and Jadeja have struggled to adapt to the challenges the surfaces have offered so far

Should Rohit Sharma take over the T20I captaincy from Virat Kohli?
Should Rohit Sharma take over the T20I captaincy from Virat Kohli?

Lots of people seem to think he should, but they're wrong to mix success in international cricket with success in league T20

Things that surprised me this IPL
Things that surprised me this IPL

The good pitches, and the larger grounds, made for superior cricket for the most part

Why Rishabh Pant needs to understand his own game better
Why Rishabh Pant needs to understand his own game better

He hasn't excelled in the IPL this year, and now finds himself out of favour in the India set-up. He still has his talent but his mindset might need some work