A couple of years back a dude broke into my house.
Unfortunately I was home at the time.
The dude saw me, ran off and stole a virtually worthless laptop.
He has never come back.
Having intruders in your home sucks a fair chunk of ass.
India recently invited an intruder to their house in a macho manoeuvre to show their superiority, then 11 big bastards turned up and mugged their team.
In the last 10 years India have beaten South Africa at home once, lost once, drawn once, and now can only win or draw.
That must hurt.
India has seen South Africa choke in big tournaments, struggle against England and only win one series against Australia (a team India has done pretty well against).
India have only ever won two series against South Africa, there first was back when I had only had sex once, and was wearing out copy of Basic Instinct on VHS.
The other was over 5 years ago.
It should be mentioned that India are pretty good at home.
So when an intruder (invited or otherwise) comes in to where you are good, and makes you less than good, that is really less than good. Exactly.
India has already given this series up, but a draw is needed to keep some sort of faith.
The way modern test series have gone of late, well at least those with England in them, a win after a loss by over an innings is possible.
India have even tried to pick a test team for this match, although I am pissed off they have abandoned the New Zealand tactic of employing two keepers in a game.
India losing the first test sort of ended this as a legitimate title fight (South Africa ruined their part in it by not beating England at home); the only result that could possibly explain the world of cricket right now would be India winning this test to draw the series.
When the best Test cricket can do is a hasty two test world championship series (if two tests is really a series, and it isn’t) between a side that can’t beat the heavyweights away from home and a side that coming into the series has won 2 of 8 tests it deserves nothing more than a draw.
It doesn’t even deserve Dale Steyn or Sehwag.
Those two should be rested on grounds of unnatural awesomeness.
This series deserves more Paul Harris.
2010: where mediocrity ruled the world.