Handed the captaincy after MS Dhoni was banned for one Test, Virender Sehwag's inexperience was evident on the first day in Adelaide. Questionable bowling plans, defensive fields and a general lack of aggression all played into the hands of centurions Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.
One of the most surprising field placements was the absence of a first slip. In the 45th over, with Clarke on 35, Ishant Sharma produced the outside edge off the Australian captain's bat, except there was no catcher. The ball flew off the edge and would have been an easy catch for first slip. Except, VVS Laxman at second slip and the wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha were left looking at each other.