On a sweltering opening day, Sehwag's decision to bring on spinner Ravi Ashwin in the fourth over of the match was hailed as a masterstroke. But his decision to keep bowling himself while Ponting and Clarke were on the scent of centuries? Not so much.
India's competitive early position had a lot to do with Sehwag's innovative streak. Standing in for the suspended M.S. Dhoni as captain, Sehwag immediately proved a more adventurous on-field leader.
Image: India's Virender Sehwag bowls against Australia in their cricket test match in Adelaide, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012.