To be felled by Murali and Mendis can be compared to computer security wizards having their identities stolen by hackers. As Test defeats go, the one in the first Test was heavy, which could, however, be explained away.
Even such a vaunted batting lineup, most famous for taking on spinners and dismantling their reputation hour by hour, could be forgiven its lapses when confronted by Murali and a mystery spinner in his first Test.
The greater problem is the latest defeat points to the fact that India’s batsmen are ageing troubadours. They are quite capable of delivering when the conditions are true or flat but if there is so much as a bit of deviation from perfect behaviour on the part of the pitch, they are as lost as babes in the woods.
It’s not easy to accept that a set of batsmen who performed out of their skin in Australia at the beginning of the year could have lost it all by the time the South Africans got at them in early April in Ahmedabad in lively seaming conditions.Read More »from SSC debacle: Is this the beginning of the fall?