Amid the craze of Twenty20 domestic tournaments such as the Indian Premier League (IPL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Big Bash and the upcoming UAE T20 League, Test cricket seems losing ground. South African legend Graeme Smith has praised former skipper Virat Kohli for helping India in paving the path of development in the longest format. He stated only a handful of countries are currently contributing to it.
As it often happens in India, the pitch talk was the focus more than play at stumps on Day 1 at Pune. But, India's batting coach maintained that playing on turning tracks was one of the challenges for batsmen in Test cricket.
Although some new faces found their way into the Test team for Australia, there weren't many surprisingly selections as such, but for maybe the recall of Suresh Raina. Team India director Ravi Shastri had stated recently