After a morale-boosting win in the opening Test, a confident India will look to consolidate their position by putting up another dominant performance in the second Test against Australia starting here today.
The Indian captain's superlative effort in Chennai could well turn into a series defining knock and is a shot in the arm for the team. Team India will certainly not deviate from their 'turning track template' and Ashwin and co will certainly have a huge role to play again. Even though both Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag flopped in Chennai, Dhoni and the team management are unlikely to tinker with the opening combination.
Ojha to play at home?
The middle-order picks itself and the question arises whether Ojha gets to play in front of his home crowd. While Ojha is a far better left-arm spinner than Ravindra Jadeja, the Saurashtra all-rounder did well by picking five wickets and complementing Ashwin well. Playing four spinners can be a luxury but in order to put more pressure on Australia, that's the only way to fit Ojha in at the expense of a pacer. Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar don't have the ability to generate consistent reverse swing with the old ball and their pace is hardly troubling the Aussie batsmen with the new ball.
The Australians will certainly be tempted to a play a second specialist spinner..
While Doherty's performance was the best among the spinners during practice games, Glenn Maxwell will be in the selection radar considering he is a capable batsman. With Australia's middle-order performing below expectations, a few changes could be expected. The visitors would want Clarke to lead the charge once again and a lot of responsibility will rest on Shane Watson as he is playing purely as a batsman.PTI