“This was our worst batting performance in the last two years. Sometimes you have to raise your hat to say well done. I've taken the loss on the chin” – Virat Kohli.
How often have we heard Indian skipper Virat Kohli uttering these words in the post-match presentation of a Test match in India? Not even once in the last two years. Such has been the dominance of Team India in the Test format over the past couple of years that the Indian captain has never had to prepare a losing speech.
Whereas, Australian skipper Steve Smith, whose captaincy was under the scanner after losing the series 3-0 against Sri Lanka last year, proved his doubters wrong after spearheading his side’s impressive victory over the Indians in their own backyard.
— Kevin Karan (@KaranKevin19) February 25, 2017
Australia not only won the first Test match in Pune against India, but also thoroughly outplayed the World #1 side in all departments – be it batting, bowling or fielding. It took a lot of courage and character on part of the Aussies to beat a relentless Indian team. Australia's last win in India came back in 2004. In 2008, they lost two and drew two. In 2010, they were blanked 2-0. In 2013, they were sent packing with a scoreline of 4-0.
Can Team India get back to winning ways in Bengaluru? Here are three things they need to do in order to do so: