India vs Australia 2017 Pune pitch
Virat Kohili having a look at the dry Pune track AFP

The Pune track left everyone surprised. Shane Warne, during the pitch report on Day One, said that it looked like a day-five pitch. Ravi Shastri, on the other hand, said that he had never seen a pitch like this. Then Steven Smith at the toss believed that it would turn square right from ball one. As a matter of fact, the scorecard suggests the same. Though the result was unexpected, the margin of defeat is evidence to the fact that the track was a featherbed for the bowlers. Eventually, Australia beat India by 333 runs, taking 1-0 lead in the four-Test series. Full cricket scorecard: India vs Australia, 1st Test at Pune

“If someone had told me we are going to dismiss India for 100-odd in both innings and win by 333 runs, I would have told him: what have you been smoking? Australia will enjoy this victory, but would understand that India would come hard at them. I don’t think India were complacent at all. It’s just that they had a bad game,” former Australia captain Kim Hughes told Times of India.

However, he shed some light on the nature of tracks for the upcoming games. He added, “The wicket (in Pune) was a shocker. If you see, pitches against England were good cricket wickets, but if you try to doctor the tracks, it can bite you on your bum. I am sure the one in Bengaluru will be a sporting one.”

The remaining Tests will be played in Bengaluru, Ranchi, and Dharamsala. All the same, India have not lost a series to Australia at home since Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2004-05.