The first Test between India and Australia ended in a humiliating result for the hosts after they were bundled for 107 runs. In doing so, the visitors inclicted the hosts with their first home loss since 2012. This is also India’s lowest aggregate score in home Tests.

From Nagpur in 2004 to Pune in 2017, it took Australia almost 13 years to register their first Test win in India. And in both the victories, they made much better use of the given conditions. While the 342-run victory in Nagpur came on a green pitch and was built on the pace arsenal of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Michael Kasprowicz inside four days, the drubbing in Pune has again exposed Indian batsmen’s vulnerability against spin that has resulted in one of their worst defeats at home.

There was a time when Indian batsmen were considered superb players of spin but England’s Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann first brought the downfall in 2012, thus paving the way for Alastair Cook’s team to register a remarkable Test series triumph. And though Panesar’s England career is as good as over, the Aussies utilised his services to bring the downfall of the current Indian batsmen.

The ability to play spin comes not just from being able to play for the turn but also from being able to judge if the ball is going to turn at all or not. From most of the wickets that Steve O’Keefe got in Pune, the lack of turn resulted in Indian batsmen’s dismissals more than the actual turn. Virat Kohli‘s dismissal in the second innings stands out where he shouldered arms to a delivery that went on straight to hit the middle of off stump. On the other hand, Nathan Lyon got the ball to turn, sometimes just a bit too much, and finished with five wickets in the match, compared to O’Keefe’s six-wicket hauls in both the innings.

Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja also got the ball to turn just a bit too much and were not as successful as their Australian counterparts. It is clear from the result of the Pune Test that the Australians read the pitch better than the Indians and their batsmen applied themselves better than the hosts as India took their match aggregate score to a new low to 212 runs, in which India’s last seven wickets falling for just 11 runs in their first innings on day two was glaring.