I am going to go out on a limb here and predict this … India would not get quite the thrashing as indicated by the result of the first one-dayer in Jo’berg. In fact, I would even venture to say we might put one or two across the Proteas.
Why would I do that? I saw the Indian innings fully and I noticed there was one difference between this team and the ones from the past on overseas tours … these guys are equally clueless facing up to the short rising or moving ball, but they tried, desperately and with some success, to hang in there. Not everyone – the older ones still are terrible. Yuvraj’s capitulation to Ryan McLaren would have put my grandpa to shame. But Shikar, Rohit & Virat tried gamely. They fell to genuine good balls (Rohit was done in by a panic run from Raina). And as the SA pacers tired a little, MS and even Ashwin looked good for a while.
In cricket, the winners are not always as good as they seem at the end of a big victory, and the losers not that bad.
So, boldly, I predict a 2-1 ODI loss and a 1-0 Test loss, or who knows, even a 1-1 …
What say you guys?