New Delhi: With Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron in the 19-member squad for the Australian tour, this is certainly the fastest Indian bowling attack we have seen of late.
Along with these three, India also have the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami on the tour, which makes this bowling unit almost complete in every possible sense.
But unfortunately for India, Bhuvneshwar, their best bowler during the England tour, failed to play the opening Test due to left ankle injury.
In the absence of Bhuvi, the stand-in skipper Virat Kohli decided to go with three speedsters -- Ishant, Aaron and Shami, for the Adelaide Test, along with leggie Karn Sharma, who is playing his debut Test.
On Day 1, Australia decided to bat first after winning the toss and the entire day Australian batsmen dominated the Indian bowlers. In fact, opener David Warner scored a big hundred by playing an innings of 145 off mere 163 balls, with the help of 19 boundaries. Luckily at the fag end of the day, India managed to pick three wickets in quick succession to end the day on a high as the home side's score read 354/6.
The second day, where the match was interrupted time and again due to poor weather, also belonged to the home side as two of their batsmen crossed the hundred-run mark. First, Steve Smith, who was unbeaten on 72 at stumps on Day 1, went on to score his hundred and then skipper Michael Clarke too completed his 28th Test ton.
Indian bowlers looked toothless throughout the day and were all over the place.
On Day 2, which ended prematurely due to bad light, Indian bowlers leaked 163 runs in 31.4 overs and picked up a consolation wicket in the last over of the day in form of Clarke, that too came from the bowling of spinner Karn Sharma.
If Ishant's performance tapered off on Day 2, then Shami looked clueless throughout the day. And Aaron, fastest among the lot, didn't make any impact on both the centurions as Australia strengthened their grip on the match by taking their score to 517/7 at stumps on Day 2.