|When Sachin Tendulkar settled in at the crease on Day Two of the first Test, you could observe a distinct change in his batting © IANS|
2. India’s opening pair — the chink in the batting armour:
India piled on 572 runs in the first innings with Kohli scoring a hundred and skipper Dhoni hitting a spectacular double ton. Tendulkar and Pujara too looked in good touch, although unable to convert into big knocks. If there was one blemish in India's batting card for the first Test, it was right at the top against the two openers.
|Virender Sehwag has the backing of his captain to come good in the series © IANS|
3. Dhoni's newfound
|MS Dhoni was in his best elements in Chennai © PTI|
4. Why is India’s best spinner warming the bench?
India selected two pacers in the Chennai Test in Ishant Sharma and debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Together, they accounted for only 33 of India’s 226 overs bowled in the Test. Needless to say, the duo went wicketless in the match as the spin trio — Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja — shared all 20 wickets among them, with Ashwin getting 12 himself.
|Will Pragyan Ojha play in his hometown Hyderabad? © Getty Images|
5. Australia's bowling conundrum:
Australia's major concern ahead of this series was spin. Yet, they went ahead with four pacers and a lone spinner in the first Test. While skipper Clarke defended his team's call to play to its strength, even as Australia's pacemen took eight out of the 12 Indian wickets that fell in the game, playing just one specialist spinner in Lyon on a crumbling, spitting clay pit was always going to backfire.
|Could Xavier Doherty be Australia's answer to Monty Panesar? © Getty Images|
"Australian spin took three wickets in the first innings, fast bowling took a lot more," Clarke said. "That doesn't mean to say that playing three fast bowlers and a medium-pace all-rounder, we got that right. We need to assess, we need to look at conditions again and work out what we think is the best XI [in Hyderabad]. It's not just about selection, it's about how you perform, I don't think we bowled well enough in our first innings and we certainly didn't bat well enough in our second innings.
"We are not India. We are a different team, we have different fast bowlers to the Indian fast bowlers and we have different spinners to the Indian spinners," he added.