This was a series that had fans, connoisseurs, observers and neutrals alike agog with anticipation. The wait seemed interminable when South Africa came to India in the early part of the year and left with a score-line of 1-1. Who was the superior side? It was difficult to tell. Both teams dominated the Tests they won, both sets of fans were left wanting more.
At that time, it seemed sheer lunacy that a series between the Number 1 and Number 2 sides should comprise only 2 Tests, and there was talk of the ODIs being a waste of time until Sachin Tendulkar went out and scored 200 not out. While that may have diverted attention from a Test series that seemed only half-done, we can now get back to the business of deciding who most deserves the crown of the Number One team in Test matches.
History seems to favour South Africa – especially when they play at home – but then, history had also suggested that no one would breach the double century mark in ODIs. It has been a marked trait in the Indian team of this decade that history has been politely discarded and re-written.
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