When Sehwag brought R Ashwin onto bowl to combat the David Warner threat in only the fourth over of the morning,it was the earliest a spinner had been introduced into the attack in a Test in Australia in the last 11 years.
Umesh Yadav had gone for 12 in his first over,and Sehwag was intent on taking the pace off the ball and making it tougher for his destructive Delhi Daredevils protege.
Warner faced two consecutive maidens from Ashwin and momentum,which the southpaw thrives on,was lost. His desperation to break free soon led to the opener’s downfall at the hands of Zaheer Khan. India had gotten rid off their nemesis from Perth and for a brief while it looked like Sehwag had righted all the wrongs of Dhoni’s leadership.
That belief,however,would soon be shattered as Sehwag then let the game drift a la Dhoni,despite having Australia stutter at 84/3. He first erred by starting the post-lunch session with the wayward Yadav and when Zaheer and Ashwin returned,he hardly set attacking fields for his premier bowlers. Deep-point was employed for the better part of the day,and Sehwag paid for his conservative captaincy when a thick edge of Clarke’s (then on 35) bat flew between wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha and VVS Laxman,who was placed at a wide,almost third-slip position.