80 years of playing Test cricket, and Indians still don't understand the basic requirement of scoring big in pitches favouring quicks.
It is called the "50/100 openers' rule".
This rule is simple:
(a) the openers need to play in a way that maximises chances of a 50 run opening partnership, Or
(b) it really is the plan-B, essentially that in case of an early dismissal of opening partnership the next pair plays to ensure that 2nd wicket falls after team total crosses 100.
While playing away, I haven't seen India do well in batting other than the 2 conditions getting satisfied.
After that, what more runs the opener gets or does not get CEASES NOT MATTER there will be someone else to score his runs.
Cowboy opening has worked for India ONLY WHEN these conditions get fulfilled..how many runs the opener got individually has hardly ever mattered to outcome of game unless it met the above criteria.
There can be failures even after those criteria are met, but there is certainly no success without it.
Probably it needed 2 series like these (Eng 2011 & Aus 2011-12) to show the value of Akash Chopra in the 2003 Oz series..or a chastised Sehwag in Perth / Adelaide 2008.
There is no 'aggressive opener' barring Michael Slater who has done well in quick-bowling conditions without being circumspect for the 1st 50 team runs. Not Gambhir, not Hayden, certainly not Sehwag. Partly because they did not have the techniques to counterattack fast bowling at its best... in their best innings these guys left the attacking for the stage after team crossed fifty.
[this 3rd straight rant in 15 mins time frame is also cross posted from FB]
PS: If you are wondering who penned the "50/100 Openers' rule" and how long back, then please rejoice at being part of history being created in this post!! This is the first time I am 'publishing' the rule.