Playing two medium pacers on a drab Chennai wicket didn’t make sense.
With his pace, rather lack of it, it would be a surprise if Kumar will ever make an impact in the five-day format.
As it happened, Kumar and Ishant Sharma [ Images ] - who happened to hand Kumar HIS Test cap – bowled 30 overs between them in the Australian first innings and failed to make any sort of impact whatsoever.
Having ensured India a healthy lead (192 runs) with a blistering 224, the Indian captain quick to hand the ball to his spinners.
Not getting the two medium pacers to bowl much – Kumar didn’t bowl at all – in the second innings was, therefore, a smart move. And that is precisely where India, rather Dhoni [ Images ], got it right.