Australia had more than enough on the board. India were lackadaisical after a long home season of piling on the runs. The toss was crucial, but only if Steven Smith could make it count. Australia had fluffed it before Mitchell Starc rescued them with the bat. India’s spinners are far better than Australia’s. India’s batsmen are too good against spin.
So much was said before India’s first Test against Australia at Pune that your opinion might’ve been swayed by which TV channel you were watching, which newspaper you took to the loo or which website you read on your phone on the go.