Aakash Chopra

Former India opening batter

@cricketaakash


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

Why giving KL Rahul another chance at Test cricket is the right decision
Why giving KL Rahul another chance at Test cricket is the right decision

It might not always make sense but special players deserve more chances than others get

Why would you hold back AB de Villiers from facing two uncapped leggies?
Why would you hold back AB de Villiers from facing two uncapped leggies?

Match-ups are a big part of T20 tactics, but sometimes you can read too much into the data

Why teams are slower off the blocks but are scoring faster than ever at the death
Why teams are slower off the blocks but are scoring faster than ever at the death

Lots of opening batsmen are operating in anchor mode, though we've been told that isn't optimal in T20

How bowlers are dealing with the high-scoring conditions in Sharjah
How bowlers are dealing with the high-scoring conditions in Sharjah

Field placements have come to the fore at the high-scoring ground

What we've learned about the three IPL venues so far
What we've learned about the three IPL venues so far

Twelve games in, have the pitches and conditions been as teams and fans have expected them to be?

Why MS Dhoni coming in at No. 7 was not a bad move
Why MS Dhoni coming in at No. 7 was not a bad move

The Chennai Super Kings captain took a considered decision - one that fit into his overall philosophy of IPL success

Here's an ideal starting XI for each 2020 IPL team
Here's an ideal starting XI for each 2020 IPL team

A look at which players from each team will probably make it to their XIs for the first matches

The art of Neil Wagner
The art of Neil Wagner

With his intensity and challenging length, he is the perfect complement to his team-mates Boult and Southee

What's behind Jasprit Bumrah's dip in form?
What's behind Jasprit Bumrah's dip in form?

Can it be explained by the fact that he has been bowling a touch shorter after his return from injury?

Boult, Southee and Wagner: what the Indian top order must watch for
Boult, Southee and Wagner: what the Indian top order must watch for

The three are skilful operators who know how to make the most of their home conditions

Why Yuzvendra Chahal is so deadly despite not having conventional leggie skills
Why Yuzvendra Chahal is so deadly despite not having conventional leggie skills

He's clever in his choice of what to bowl when. But why aren't India picking him all the time?

Having KL Rahul keep wicket and bat low isn't viable in the long term
Having KL Rahul keep wicket and bat low isn't viable in the long term

He needs to flourish at the top of the order, where he is best off, and India need to look for a proper back-up keeper

How India should approach each venue for the T20Is in New Zealand
How India should approach each venue for the T20Is in New Zealand

Auckland, Hamilton, Mount Manuganui and Wellington all pose different challenges in terms of ground dimensions, and pitch and weather conditions

India have missed a trick with their allrounder strategy
India have missed a trick with their allrounder strategy

They have pinned all their hopes on Hardik Pandya, and not given Shivam Dube a decent run

What India need to do against Sri Lanka's key players
What India need to do against Sri Lanka's key players

How they face up to Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga will be crucial

What India need to do against Bangladesh's key players
What India need to do against Bangladesh's key players

How they face up to Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiqur and Mustafizur will be crucial

What India need to do against England's key players
What India need to do against England's key players

How they face up to Root, Buttler, Stokes and Archer will be crucial