In cricket, there are few things that guarantee disappointment like a clash between the No.1 and No.2 sides in the world. You have to go back to the late 1980s, when West Indies were still top of the ladder with Pakistan clinging on to their ankles, for contests that justified the lofty billing. In 2001-02 and 2005-06, Australia annihilated South Africa both home and away, and even the series between the two in 2008-09 turned out to be damp squibs, with the away team wrapping up the contest with a match to spare.
This, though, could be different. Despite the grey skies and the drizzle that restricted India to just a session of yoga on the eve of the Centurion Test, there's genuine anticipation that this three-match series won't be all one-way traffic. The last contest here, four years ago, was an epic one, settled only in the final session in Cape Town. Having squandered a 41-run first-innings lead, India were left to reflect on a pathetic second innings with the bat and the follyRead More »from Series won’t be all one-way traffic