Warwickshire batsman Varun Chopra is reaping the rewards of a winter spent refining his technique in the Edgbaston indoor nets.
The 23-year-old former Essex batsman had made only two first-class centuries before this season, the last of them in September 2008.
But Chopra has started the new campaign in brilliant style by becoming the first Warwickshire batsman to score double centuries in consecutive County Championship matches.
His 210 against Somerset last week was surpassed against Worcestershire at New Road, making Chopra an unlikely entry in the record books for a county that boasts run gluttons MJK Smith, Dennis Amiss, Brian Lara and Nick Knight among its illustrious former batsmen.
Chopra has already scored more first-class runs in four innings this season then he managed in 18 during an injury-hit first season with Warwickshire which Ashley Giles, the county’s director of cricket, believes is a result of improving his balance at the crease.
“He’s worked extremely hard during the winter on a technique,” Giles said. “In the past I think he would be the first to admit that he’s changed technique very quickly so he’s moved to new things and then at the first sign of trouble tried something else.
“But he’s stuck to a technique this winter and it’s working for him. He’s put a lot of hours in at the indoor school.
“He’s got all the attributes. He’s got very good hands, a great eye, he picks up the short ball well. He’s wristy and elegant in all forms of the game.
“But it’s that consistency in what he does. Maybe the move has been good for him. It’s a clean slate, he’s got good people around him and maybe he feels he needs to make an impression. He’s doing that so far.
“I’m a great believer that stuff before a ball is bowled is key. So his set up and pre delivery movements are slightly different allowing him to stay taller and play straighter and keep his balance.”