After being pushed against the wall after a humbling defeat in the series opener, the Indian team bounced back and dominated the opening day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday. Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane lost the toss but the Indian bowlers were on song throughout the day and restricted the hosts for 195 all out on one of the most batting-friendly tracks in Australia. While the bowlers deserve all the praise for their hard work, the Indian skipper, who marshalled his troops with great authority, deserves an equal praise. Throughout the day, Rahane attacked with close-in fielders and made some wise bowling changes that worked wonders for the team.

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag was among many who praised Rahane’s bowing changes and “smart fielding placements”. Taking to Twitter, Sehwag also praised the bowlers for job well done on Day 1 and giving India a solid start