Many applauded the move but the true merit of it will be known until after a four-man Australian attack has ploughed through a predicted furnace over the next few days where on-field temperatures are expected to soar into the late 30s. Prithvi Shaw's injury meant India had to look back to Vijay but the 34-year-old too failed to cash in.
OUT! Ishant Sharma strikes.
Former captain Michael Clarke lamented that Australia would not win a game without re-embracing their anger.
India's discipline prevailed on day two, and there was no better example than the dismissal of Marsh which required extreme control from the tourists.
Australia needed a dogged innings from its leader, but Tim Paine could offer no more than 5 runs from 20 balls before he was out caught behind to a straight Sharma delivery to leave Australia six wickets down and still trailing by 123. Ends up edging it to the wicketkeeper.
He no longer consistently brushes the 150 km/h mark, but is undoubtedly a better bowler, as showcased by his superb accuracy on day two.
"It's nice to do a good job for the team".
Having crawled to his half-century, Pujara ramped up as he ran out of partners, slogging a couple of sixes as shadows crept across the ground. Handscomb is batting on 32 while Head is on 14.
Peter Handscomb and Head put on a resolute stand until the second break. However, he pushed one forward against Ashwin and gloved it to keeper Rishabh Pant. He has already bowled 17 overs and picked three wickets.
"It's a matter for the police to deal with", Usman Khawaja said after training on Tuesday.
"I don't think any Australian side is vulnerable at home", Kohli said, suggesting the loss of several of its top players will not affect Australia.
"Let's hope so. We will take it one step at a time".
Australia coach Justin Langer, meanwhile, said India "are smelling blood" and are confident of winning their first Test series ever in Australia.
"Cheteshwar Pujara batted a lot of time".
India were 250 for 9 at stumps. Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah resume the action for India on day two.
But as series defeats in South Africa and England this year showed, Kohli piling on the runs will be no guarantee of victory when the four-Test series starts on Thursday in Adelaide. Pujara scored most of his runs behind the stumps considering the bouncy nature of the surface. Anything over 20 will be a bonus.
"So I don't think spin bowling is a big threat, but it seems to me that Australia are anxious about the spinning options of India, deciding to go with Handscomb who's such a good player of spin". Australian pacers were on target on day one. India probably just ahead considering Australia have to bat fourth here.
Pujara, in trademark fashion, played a cautious but fighting knock facing 246 balls at a trike rate of 50. This was after a horrendous shot selection by Rohit Sharma (37) left India in the lurch at 86 for five in the 38th over.