India v Australia: Will India opt for a change of formula?

CHENNAI: For the first time at home, Virat Kohli & Co are up against it. A batting debacle – not once but twice in the first Test at Pune -has put India behind right at the start of four-Test series against Australia.
Ever since Kohli took charge in Tests, India have adopted the five-bowler strategy successfully with wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja taking on the additional responsibility of scoring crucial runs in the lower middle-order.
In fact, runs from the bat of spin trio -Ashwin, Jadeja and Jayant Yadav -has had a direct impact in Kohli’s dream run as skipper thus far. However, the Indian middle-order, which had rescued the team on many occasions in recent times, came a cropper on a rank turner against the Australian spinners as they were blown away in a matter of minutes in both the innings. In the first innings, India lost their last seven wickets for 11 runs, while India’s last seven batsmen contributed 30 runs in the second.