Clarke is a better player as captain, and a better captain than Ponting. Ponting is a reborn player under Clarke's captaincy (admittedly, the labour was long, difficult and public).
Sehwag had come with a trick, but now missed one. Ponting, always a jittery starter against spin, was beaten by Ashwin's third ball to him, yet after three more, Ashwin was withdrawn. It was a strategic mistake. Not even another half chance would come India's way until the new ball was taken hours later. Reprising their Sydney New Year epic, Ponting and Clarke batted until the cows came home.
Image: Australia's Michael Clarke celebrates his 1000 runs in their cricket test match in Adelaide against India, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012.