Well, the Indian team's season of transition has started off in a grand manner, hasn't it? Cheteshwar Pujara filled the vacancy created by Rahul Dravid with a century, R Ashwin reaped a 12-wicket bounty, and the team won in an emphatic manner. Much of the attention was centred on the Indian batting in the days leading up to the Test and in the process, an important component was overlooked - the spin department.
Since Anil Kumble's exit, the Indian spin attack has not sported a settled look. Harbhajan Singh held fort on his own for some time but his efficacy diminished in the wake of Kumble's retirement. Eventually, he lost his place to Ashwin, who had a fantastic start against the West Indies. But after a very ordinary tour of Australia, a cloud of doubt crept in. However, he has dispelled that in Hyderabad with a record-breaking effort.
With India scheduled to play three successive Test series at home, I for one believe that this is the best time to get a good slow-bowling combination in place. Ashwin and Pragyan Ohja have done well when bowling in tandem, and in as much as the batsmen need to be given the best possible circumstances to settle down, young spinners need encouragement and reasonably helpful conditions to grow in confidence.