India in South Africa 2013-14 December 2, 2013

Dhoni deadbats suggestions of tense reception for India in SA

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MS Dhoni and his team arrived in Johannesburg this morning to cloudy skies and cold shoulders. But they don't know too much about the latter. At least, not yet.

Matters seemed routine when Dhoni and his delegation got into the team bus, drove to the hotel in Sandton where they will spend most of their time on this tour, given that Durban is the only other city they will see, and the captain readied himself for his first media engagement. The number of South African reporters outnumbered their Indian counterparts and they had more than just the cricket on their minds.

The second question - the first was an almost mandatory one about how the Indian squad is coping with the absence of Sachin Tendulkar - was whether Dhoni was aware of the anger surrounding the tour. Dhoni smiled his signature smile. If people were upset with him, he seemed to be saying, he would meet that with pleasantries.

"We can arrange a match for the administrators and let them go at it," he suggested. There was laughter all around. "The relationship between the Indian and South African teams has been good. Though we've seen a bit of chirping going around, it makes cricket interesting. The guys have not become too personal, which means we will have a good series."

Although the Sreesanth-Graeme Smith incident from three years ago goes against the good-natured sportsmanship Dhoni made reference to, no-one was talking about that. Members of the teams have friendships which stretch back to their time playing together in competitions like the IPL, but that's not what will be in the spotlight.

Instead, the public's response to this whistle-stop tour that was supposed to headline the South African summer will be the backdrop against which this series will be played. From a bumper schedule of two T20s, seven ODIs and three Tests, the biggest series South Africa was due to host this year has been shortened to a piddly three ODIs and two Tests. For that, people are angry.

Worse for Dhoni and Co, those people have no-one to whom they can direct their anger except the Indian team. Administrators will not make appearances mere metres away from where a fan's voice can carry. Already social media platforms have been buzzing with a few harsh words, and words are not the only thing some journalists think will be hurled at the Indian team. One asked Dhoni what he would do an object was flung at his team. "We'll pick it up and give it back," he said. "That's all we can do."

Then again, he may not have to think about any of that because there has also been suggestion that supporters would consider not going to matches at all, in a vote with your feet demonstration of their displeasure. Dhoni hopes that will not be the case either. "Whenever we have come here, we've got fantastic reception," he said. "I don't think that will really change."

Luckily for Dhoni, his team won't be going to Cape Town where the irritation is at its highest, so he may not see the worst of it. The New Year's Test was cancelled because of the curtailed tour and people in the Mother City have to make do with a festival of 20-overs cricket instead. Only Johannesburg and Durban will host Test cricket for the remainder of this year, a disappointment for those in the rest of the country who long to watch their No. 1 team in action.

While Graeme Smith has made public comments calling for an end to two-Test series and asking for South Africa to play more in the longest format, Dhoni would not be drawn into doing the same. "I don't pay that much attention to how many games we are playing," he said. "We have a busy schedule and it's a schedule we need to respect. What is in our hands is three ODIs and two Tests, so we will look to make the most of it and move on to the next series."

If pure cricket is all that concerns Dhoni then he will be relishing the prospect of playing a South African ODI team that is still grappling to get its batting combinations right. India have been a force in the 50-overs version, led by explosive hitting, and Dhoni expects more of the same starting on Thursday. "If you love the ball coming on to the bat, that's what you will see," he said.

He admitted to not having watched much of the recently-concluded series between Pakistan and South Africa but said he would not judge it on the scorelines alone. He expects heated competition and a stern test of India's skills, which Duncan Fletcher believes are ready for the challenge of South African surfaces.

"The way the guys have played recently, they've got a lot of confidence," Fletcher said. "We were facing Australia the other day and Mitchell Johnson was getting up to 151kmph. Our top four was handling it quite well. Our batting seems technically equipped. The only thing is the experience. But this lot is confident, they've got no baggage and they really believe in themselves."

Although India are touring with one of their least experienced squads, Fletcher also think they have prepared sufficiently. Six members of the current ODI squad toured South Africa in August to play first-class and List A matches. Memorably, Shikhar Dhawan scored 248 in one of the limited-overs matches. The surfaces were flat, winter pitches, though, and will likely not resemble anything India will play on in this series but Fletcher thinks the trip still had value for the players.

"To come out here and play in South Africa against this opposition, the players get a feel for the way they play cricket here," he said. "Psychologically it's quite an advantage." Given that mind games are going to play a significant role in the series - be it against South African team or their public - mental strength is one thing India will need on this tour.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on December 5, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    mr hench heart@ what about pakistan performance in overseas. lost io australia 3-0 in tests,lost to england 3-1,lost to proteas 3-0 even lost to zimbewaye in last 5 years.

  • fguy on December 4, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    brilliant news.. whenever the Indians have been under attack from external sources they've bandied together & performed even better (CT '13, WC '03, Perth '08) so I hope SA fans do that coz it'll mean India will win & if the SA fans dont turn up (as has been suggested) then it wont affect the Indian players one bit, its not like they're starved of attention otherwise & anyways a good number of Indian supporters will be there to keep their spirits up. in fact if SA fans boycott the games it'll become like a home game for the Indians. not to mention the gate receipts will be hurt which will only affect CSA (& indirectly the SA players).. talk about cutting your nose to spite your face

  • henchart on December 4, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    @Mr.Sarkar-Without disputing your post I have to state that Indians have ,overall,I repeat,overall,lost more than won against SA and Pak in both tests as well as ODI's.Point I am trying to make is -Indians have to win test series abroad to prove their true worth.Stray win here or there wont suffice.And please dont count those almost won tests which die hard Indian fans always rake up viz Sydney 2008,Capetown 2011 etc etc .SA have become top test side after beating the Poms as well as Aussies in their respective backyards.Can Indians beat SA in tests this December?I dont think so.Let us wait and watch ......

  • on December 4, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    mr henchheart world cup- india -2, pak-1, saf-0, champions trophy- india-2, pak-0,saf-1, t20 wc- india-1, pak-1, saf-0 so tell me who is better.

  • on December 3, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I wanted 3 tests 5 odi and 3 T20 between India and SA common BCCI we young Indians aren't scared of playing anywhere let it be cape town Nottingham Perth or Mars we young Indians are brave enough to face any side anyplace on planet. We are current World Champions of even under 19 which we won in Australia not just senior Champions of World cricket.

  • Lotr3 on December 3, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    MSD is quite right, cricketers need to focus on playing cricket, administrators decide the number of games, when and where. We need to learn how to apreciate what we have, 2 test series is better than none at all. Sign of our times, we have too many wants and don't appreciate what we have. New era for Team India, do well.

  • sidh78 on December 3, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Dear indian team bashers who call india flat track bullies please note the record of india on fast bouncy seaming tracks out side SC 1.india won 2 WC in 1983(ODI)&2007(T20)in eng & SA respe. 2.finalist in 2003 WC in SA 3.won CT this year 2013 in eng without loosing a single match(including warm up matches) 4.won CB series in aus defeating strong aus team having hayden ponting symond in 2008 in straight 2 finals 5.won Nest West trophy in eng in 2001 6.won U-19 WC in aus in 2013. 7.won test series in eng,NZ,WI 8.Draw test series in SA in 2011(1-1).nearly won that series but kallis inning save SA from defeat but india totally dominate that draw test match 9.nearly draw the test series in aus 2-2 in 2008 if umpiring in that series was not poor. 10.won tri series in WI in 2013. 11.india A team played very well in SA in 2013. Also india won many series & tournaments SL Ban. So if india is flat track bullies how can india have such good records on fast bouncy seaming pitches.

  • on December 3, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    What BCCI did was wrong and one can understand the disappointments and anger in Saffers media and Sponsors or even some of the players who will be playing with extra passion just to make it up for their fans anger. But whatever it is It has nothing to do with Indian players or their captain, they are just there to play the game. I'm looking forward to that series, I want to see how South Africa will come up against "supposedly" the best batting line up and I want to see how Indian Stars will handled that pressure from one of the best bowling attacks, specially Steyn. Shorter series or not It's still cricket and it's between two of the very inform teams in the cricket world today. Let's just sit back (or be on the edges) and Enjoy.

  • henchart on December 3, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Out of total No. of ODI's played between India and Pakistan who has won more ODI's? Pakistan.Out of total no. of Tests played between India and Pakistan who has won more tests ? Pakistan.Out of total no. of tests between India and SA who has won more tests? SA.Out of Total no. of ODI's between India and SA who has won more ODI's? SA. Harsh but true .Statistically SA and Pak have better win % over India in Tests as well as ODI's.Indians need to start winning test series outside the subcontinent.

  • team_india_no1 on December 3, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    I am talking about test series. Every commenter to this article is describing the contest between the so-called tear away SA bowlers and the so-called mentally strong in-form Indian batsman. But what i am relishing 'more' is the contest between the new set of Indian bowlers against the SA batsmen. This test of bowlers is more important for India. Come on prepare whatever pitches you want to.

  • on December 5, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    mr hench heart@ what about pakistan performance in overseas. lost io australia 3-0 in tests,lost to england 3-1,lost to proteas 3-0 even lost to zimbewaye in last 5 years.

  • fguy on December 4, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    brilliant news.. whenever the Indians have been under attack from external sources they've bandied together & performed even better (CT '13, WC '03, Perth '08) so I hope SA fans do that coz it'll mean India will win & if the SA fans dont turn up (as has been suggested) then it wont affect the Indian players one bit, its not like they're starved of attention otherwise & anyways a good number of Indian supporters will be there to keep their spirits up. in fact if SA fans boycott the games it'll become like a home game for the Indians. not to mention the gate receipts will be hurt which will only affect CSA (& indirectly the SA players).. talk about cutting your nose to spite your face

  • henchart on December 4, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    @Mr.Sarkar-Without disputing your post I have to state that Indians have ,overall,I repeat,overall,lost more than won against SA and Pak in both tests as well as ODI's.Point I am trying to make is -Indians have to win test series abroad to prove their true worth.Stray win here or there wont suffice.And please dont count those almost won tests which die hard Indian fans always rake up viz Sydney 2008,Capetown 2011 etc etc .SA have become top test side after beating the Poms as well as Aussies in their respective backyards.Can Indians beat SA in tests this December?I dont think so.Let us wait and watch ......

  • on December 4, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    mr henchheart world cup- india -2, pak-1, saf-0, champions trophy- india-2, pak-0,saf-1, t20 wc- india-1, pak-1, saf-0 so tell me who is better.

  • on December 3, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I wanted 3 tests 5 odi and 3 T20 between India and SA common BCCI we young Indians aren't scared of playing anywhere let it be cape town Nottingham Perth or Mars we young Indians are brave enough to face any side anyplace on planet. We are current World Champions of even under 19 which we won in Australia not just senior Champions of World cricket.

  • Lotr3 on December 3, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    MSD is quite right, cricketers need to focus on playing cricket, administrators decide the number of games, when and where. We need to learn how to apreciate what we have, 2 test series is better than none at all. Sign of our times, we have too many wants and don't appreciate what we have. New era for Team India, do well.

  • sidh78 on December 3, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Dear indian team bashers who call india flat track bullies please note the record of india on fast bouncy seaming tracks out side SC 1.india won 2 WC in 1983(ODI)&2007(T20)in eng & SA respe. 2.finalist in 2003 WC in SA 3.won CT this year 2013 in eng without loosing a single match(including warm up matches) 4.won CB series in aus defeating strong aus team having hayden ponting symond in 2008 in straight 2 finals 5.won Nest West trophy in eng in 2001 6.won U-19 WC in aus in 2013. 7.won test series in eng,NZ,WI 8.Draw test series in SA in 2011(1-1).nearly won that series but kallis inning save SA from defeat but india totally dominate that draw test match 9.nearly draw the test series in aus 2-2 in 2008 if umpiring in that series was not poor. 10.won tri series in WI in 2013. 11.india A team played very well in SA in 2013. Also india won many series & tournaments SL Ban. So if india is flat track bullies how can india have such good records on fast bouncy seaming pitches.

  • on December 3, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    What BCCI did was wrong and one can understand the disappointments and anger in Saffers media and Sponsors or even some of the players who will be playing with extra passion just to make it up for their fans anger. But whatever it is It has nothing to do with Indian players or their captain, they are just there to play the game. I'm looking forward to that series, I want to see how South Africa will come up against "supposedly" the best batting line up and I want to see how Indian Stars will handled that pressure from one of the best bowling attacks, specially Steyn. Shorter series or not It's still cricket and it's between two of the very inform teams in the cricket world today. Let's just sit back (or be on the edges) and Enjoy.

  • henchart on December 3, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Out of total No. of ODI's played between India and Pakistan who has won more ODI's? Pakistan.Out of total no. of Tests played between India and Pakistan who has won more tests ? Pakistan.Out of total no. of tests between India and SA who has won more tests? SA.Out of Total no. of ODI's between India and SA who has won more ODI's? SA. Harsh but true .Statistically SA and Pak have better win % over India in Tests as well as ODI's.Indians need to start winning test series outside the subcontinent.

  • team_india_no1 on December 3, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    I am talking about test series. Every commenter to this article is describing the contest between the so-called tear away SA bowlers and the so-called mentally strong in-form Indian batsman. But what i am relishing 'more' is the contest between the new set of Indian bowlers against the SA batsmen. This test of bowlers is more important for India. Come on prepare whatever pitches you want to.

  • CricketFanIndUS on December 3, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Scheduling needs to take into account the protection of the main assets of the game, the players and also give meaningful games for the fans, not just maximizing revenue. It can never be perfect of course and cannot satisfy all. As most of the Indian players are in the starting 11 in all three formats of the game they can be overly extended especially. They need to be protected from injury and high stress. Add to this the complication of not having a set home season for India, throw in IPL and ICC tournaments, scheduling is not easy. For this particular tour several twists in the plot resulted to this. Fans would have liked to see 3 test matches given the reduced time frame, but I believe both boards did not want to neglect the ODIs with the world cup coming up. India always had decent test series scheduled with England and Australia. Of course the reduced revenue for CSA is upsetting for them, but they have not been prudent (unilateral schedule, Lorgat and no dialog, etc).

  • CricketChat on December 3, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    SA and Indian players enjoy great deal of camaraderie due to the fact a lot of SA players have been playing in IPL since its inception and have benefited greatly both in improving their skills and financially.

  • SurlyCynic on December 3, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Looking forward to the series, as are most cricket lovers I'm sure. Let's not talk about throwing things as noone wants to see that and I'm sure it won't happen.

    Good luck to both teams, can't wait.

  • Iceman29 on December 3, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Best of luck to Ind team and hope they continue their good form...

  • PeterJerome on December 3, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    This team already has some big and daring names in form of MSD, Dhawan, Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Zak, Bhuvi & R Ashwin, etc. These guys have the mental strength of taking on any opposition. Not sure VK is up there yet (mental integration wise). India should look to take the bull by the horn right from the 1st ODI. Challenges are best enjoyed relishing them.

  • rajaram1105 on December 3, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Let us all hope and wish for a good contest. No doubt, bitter about the shortened tour. Both teams are good and circket lovers are looking forward fora fabulous contest. Dhoni did well to answer nicely in the press meet - ""We'll pick it up and give it back," he said. "That's all we can do." That reply i liked it.

  • concerned_cricketer on December 3, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Well, what can the captain do about planning and arranging tour itineraries? Captains have no role in it. The administrations in each of the countries is playing political football with the series trying to settle old scores and such other silly things. Fans definitely have a reason to be disappointed and angry about how they are being treated in all of this. They pay the money for the tickets and indirectly pay for the TV sponsorship as well. If they feel strongly enough they must vote with their feet and not turn up for the matches. That would teach the administrators a lesson. But judging by the mood in India, fans are eager to see how their batsmen will fare against Steyn and co. So they are in no mood for a satyagraha. Satyagraha taught by our father of the nation mahatma gandhi requires discipline and self sacrifice. Our current generation don't seem to have that strength of character.

  • BustIPL on December 3, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    @GRVJPR:Please eliminate T20 sixes from this list as this approach will not come good int tests and SA can capatilize. Also, in ODIs wickets have to be in hand for late assault so please no mention of IPL sixes.

  • siri12345 on December 3, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    wats up with this ind won champions trophy in eng????as far as i remembered even west indies have won a champions trophy in england .wi team of 2004 which was perhaps the worst odi team that time.same can be said about ind now.

  • Nandu_Athadu on December 3, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    looks like everyone here are blaming other teams just to claim their home country is far better. guys..stop these childish statements and fighting..this forum is related to India Vs SA and why other teams are drawn into this..I have been hearing SA bowlers will tear apart Indian batsmen and India batsmen will handle Steyn easily...guys..opinions apart njoy the game..yes SA are the BEST in fast bowling department and India have young guns who are in the process of learning..even if they fail it is very good learning tour for them and will use this experience in the coming tours...India is No.1 in ODIs and SA best in Test..it is a clash of two best teams on the earth and njoy it rather aruging on who is best..series result will decide who is best...TEST cricket is the BEST..no matter how India perform in ODIs I would love to see them dominate TEST more..TEST cricket makes a player complete...period...

  • Fijicricket on December 3, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    @ Mohammad Irfan on (December 3, 2013, 6:52 GMT) U R Right I think ICC ranking system shud be changed. Different points should be given for home and away games. Also teams like Pakistan should have their test status reviewed after losing to Zimbabwe. India whitewashed Australia 4-0 in India and beat Windies in Windies and then beat Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe where minnows like SL or BD or Pakistan have no chance!. All this was after beating EVERYONE in England in Champions Trophy.!

  • vxttemp on December 3, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @Mohammad Irfan: Aussies just won a test match after a long time. Can England have 2nd spot? England bowling is probably little better than India considering conditions. For that, I would say Aussie and Pak have better bowling line-ups. Now I see how Ind got some points and moved to 2. But definitely, I don't think India can be proud of being 2 unless they win in SA/Aus. They have won in England at least in the past. So that is okay :-) SA series will define the direction Ind is going to go. I don't have much hope but that is when Ind proved me wrong(Happened in Steve waugh last series in 2003, Eng series in 2006-07, 2007 T20 WC, this year champions trophy).

  • on December 3, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    This should be an interesting series. Indian batting looks good and SA is currently struggling a wee bit in this department. One cannot deny that SA bowlers know their backyard and hence are expected to pitch the ball at the right spots...but the Indian bowlers also are no pushovers. Given a lively pitch the Indian seamers can upset the apple cart. And do not forget the recent Pakistan series. One good thing is that we do not have the fab 3 or 4 anymore and the team's recent performances albeit on subcontinent pitches does not seem to mind it. And last but not the least whatever one might say Dhoni has a real cool head on his shoulders!

  • on December 3, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    any way dhoni is a brilliant cap , he knows exactly wata going to happen in SA . he took that litely . as usually if luck favours him it will be ok, if not.very regular result will occurs, no preasure nothing, if india losts this series also no problem, after coming back to india another series with WI, OR bangladesh, zimbabwe, or new zealand,, will be played in india with flat tracks ..againest weaker teams and wins the series with clear domination.. then everybody will forget the SA tour and no of series wins will increase and rank also...thats wat he is doing for a long time . wats new. one day indian team becomes an orphan now dhoni winnig matches with hi luck or by his cunning tricks like playing againest weaker teams in home conditions. any way lets see what happens in SA .. with the greatest batting line up right now..it will be better playing a 5 tests, 5 odis, and 2 t20s series againest SA THAT WILL GIVE A BRIEF IDEA ABOUT EVERYTHING.....

  • Fijicricket on December 3, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    @vxttemp on (December 3, 2013, 7:48 GMT- India won the Champions Trophy in England where they made your team into a minnow, beat West Indies in Windies, and then beat Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe where minnows like Pakistan struggled to save themselves from a whitewash. Get well soon. Thanks for following Indias fortunes . Its people like you that make India richest team in sports only second to Manchester United! Get well soon

  • on December 3, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I dont understand psyche of pak and sl fans why they are so much obsessed with India...you got your countries to talk about...if you wish so you will find lot much more to talk about...leave poor India alone and start cherishing success of your own countries and just keep looking at great win records your countries posted..just keep feeling happy....leave India to its fans

  • Biggus on December 3, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @Dhananjay Sarpotdar:-Actually we lost 3 in England, the final score being 3-0 to England. So in summary we lost 7 overseas as well as being beaten by England at home (just like India). That would mean that India's 'Great' team has a similar recent test record as one of Australia's worst ever. Mmmm, not something I'd be boasting about, your best being equal to our worst.

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    ICC to save futrure of cricket please replace Sril lanka with kney and pakistan with bangladesh in list of test playing nations. The flat tracks of sri lanka and UAE has done lot of damage to cricket.

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    New Cricket rule : If Indian batsmen hit a 100 meter six the boundary in record will go as 60 meter. If Afridi hits a 10 meter chip it will be recorded as biggest six ever.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 3, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    @AsifRana. SL, Dubai etc are flat tracks. Even BD scored 200 in SL. In Dubai the inability of both SA and Pakistan exposed who are not able to cross 200. Check the history of the ground. For you, 150 mtrs required for a cricket ground? dude, its cricket not sprint!

  • on December 3, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    siri12345 aus lost 8 tests abroad...4 against India and 4 against England

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @AsifRana, The biggest ground in south africa has just a 70 meter boundary straght and 60 on sides. Indian batsmen hit 100 meter sixes with their eyes closed. I can understand your problem as your batsmen can't hit a ball more than 20 meter. Afridi even struggles to hit it 10 meters and that too against a spinner.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on December 3, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    We would've become the first subcontinent team to beat South Africa in their own backyard. Too bad Pakistan beat us to the punch. I guess South Africa getting beaten in two consecutive series at home is still an achievement in itself.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 3, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    @Louis De Klerk, ok so now you are coming up with some more new rules. So here they are folks:

    #16 If India wins in a venue, then it shall be deemed that the venue was decided by BCCI.

    # 17 If India loses in a venue, then it shall be claimed that BCCI opposed that venue.

    Anything else, Klerk dude? Please feel free to enlighten us!

  • on December 3, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @vxttemp...i wud like to see Eng or Aus (if they play to their abilities) at No. 2 test side in the world.Bangladesh are not in contest either they are below par team. Pakistan's record even poorer than Ind overseas. So it shud be like RSA, ENG, AUS, IND, SL OR PAK.

  • on December 3, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    @Thilankak hey,, were you looking that your comment would be featured?? Just don't compare.. Both are the healthy teams with their meritorious players..

  • on December 3, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    siri lanka team going weak day by day, their younstars are average and the legands are king in flat tracks but vulnurble in seaming conditions. better they play with kenya.

  • Fan1969 on December 3, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Many fans writing in seem to know the Ind-SA series results.

    Before predicting extremes, that reflect your own biases rather than reflect any cricketing knowledge, please post one prediction that you made in the past that has come true.

  • hystericalnaive on December 3, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Wishing good luck to Indian Team. Strangely, there is a lot of prediction going on. Few people saying 1-0 2-1, 1-1. I don't know what will be the score, but seeing the last performance of SA against Pak in ODI's, the competition, would be good.

  • CricketFever11 on December 3, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1: Average 30 batsman is better than average 50 batsman in flat track 60m grounds.

  • on December 3, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @ThilankaK Why didn't SA win any world cups, if they are so best ?

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 3, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Definition of LEGEND in Sri Lanka. Any batsman who has an average of 30 is a Legend of the game. LOL. Going by that definition every team in the world even ZIm and BAN has at least 5-6 LEGENDS in their team and top teams are carrying 8 LEGENDS every time they take the field. LOL.

  • on December 3, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    @Thilankak-unfortunately this is not a single wicket competition and perhaps you have insufficient knowledge of Cricket being a team game...if we go by what you right from 1975 till at least 1996 WI should have won every One day tournament on offer-but they won only 2 ...does that say something about it being a team game and who is better on the given day....

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 3, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    @ThilankaK. Brother, we need to find how to improve our ranking from no:8 in tests we are below WI now and may go down below BD after the Pakistan series. I am afraid of it.

  • vxttemp on December 3, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @ThilankaK: I like your 1-1 comparison. Cool and funny too :-) :-) BTW, what about SA vs SL, I would love to see that one especially you being a Lankan :-) :-)

  • blthndr on December 3, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    @Nuxxy.....who knows where its coming from!!!...i think its just not for cricket its more than that....u can guess....india's relation with SL is not well like before...n i am not taking about cricket....

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 3, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @siri12345 why don't you worry about your own SL team that has not won any test in INDIA . Before commenting on Indian record check your own team's consecutive losses abroad. Have they won any test in Aus? And you are asking about BD's record well they beat you at your own home in tests as well. Such is your pathetic record.

    And mind you SA barely managed a draw last time against the same side that lost 8-0.

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 3, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Definition of LEGEND in Sri Lanka. Any batsman who has an average of 30 is a Legend of the game. LOL. Going by that definition every team in the world even ZIm and BAN has at least 5-6 LEGENDS in their team and top teams are carrying 8 LEGENDS every time they take the field. LOL.

  • ThilankaK on December 3, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Before stating the game Dhoni seems afraid to SA attack ! Ok lets see team comparison, Vijay VS Petersen = Petersen is the best, Dhawan VS Smith = Smith is the best, Pujara VS Amla = Amla by far the best, Kohli VS Kallis = Kallis is the best, Rohit VS De Villiers = De Villiers by far the best, Dhoni VS du Plessis = du Plessis is the best batsman , Jadeja VS Duminy = Duminy is the best batting all rounder Let see the bowling, Zaheer VS Steyn = Steyn by far the best, Bhuvneshwar VS Philander = Philander by far the best, Shami VS Morkel = Morkel by far the best, Ashwin VS Tahir = both equal That's why they're the best & No.1 test team ( below that minnows ) haa ha I'm not SL yaar !!

  • on December 3, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    @siri12345, The Tour has not yet started my friend, and there you sit making predictions! As for me, Both South Africa and India are quality sides that can win any match on any given day, let us be content with the exciting rivalry that we will experience in the forthcoming days. And a little subtle advice: "Don't count your chickens, before they are hatched!"

  • on December 3, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    I have no problem with the Indian team. I do however have a big problem with their cricket board. Considering how we have helped India in the past, their behaviour has been disgraceful. I blame our board as well - a 2 test series against a good indian side, and barely any test cricket all year - what a complete joke. Will definitely be there for boxing day.

  • Nuxxy on December 3, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    I don't know where this supposed "anger" is coming from. Maybe from Newlands, but there won't be any games there. I'm just glad the Indian's are here, and blame the previous hoo-haa on the BCCI and also CSA. But that's over - just want to see the superstars duke it out now.

  • siri12345 on December 3, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    there is one indian fan called dravid sachin plastic or watever whohave predicted the following things in upcoming tour.odi-3-0 or 2-1 in india,s favour,tests-1-0 or 2-0 to india lol.by predicting such result i can guess how much u understand this game .and in one of his posts be4 he has described england as minnows.yes u hav read it right england the same team whose last 8 tests scoreline against india reads 6 wins,1 lost and 1 draw lolzzzzzz.cricinfo plz publish.

  • siri12345 on December 3, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    lol 8-0 will be transformed into 10-0 in just a months time.even lesser than a months time.for everyfan,s information-after this test series india will be the first team to loose all 10 games abroad.had bangladesh even lost like this??????guys i am not even joking.i am seriously asking.i dont remember even bangladesh loosing 10 consecutive tests abroad.or hav they????????

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 3, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    @ ThilankaK I understand your pain, Every team is improving, Pak won in SA, Sa won in

    UAE, Zim won against PAK, Bang won against NZ and Won in SL, WI won in IND, IND won in

    ENG (CT) and tri series in WI, NZ won in SL, AUS won in IND. Everyone is punching above

    their weight, Everyone in becoming more competetive, everybody is unearthing fresh

    talent like de kock, Bilal, anwar ali, maqsood, naseer hossain, neesham, Powell,

    shillingford, MD shami, BUT your team is going further down. Losing to BAN at home then

    NZ's c team defeated u. they didn't even send their main players coz they realized

    anybody they send will win and they did. Yet to win anything outside ASIA. It would be

    a miracle if your team is still playing after 5years. LOL

  • on December 3, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @AndreShutte, Playing against a no.1 team in their own backyard for 5 tests doesn't necessarily make ou a good team. You sound like one of the frustrated Protean who still hasn't got over the hang of not playing the proposed long tour of India. And for your further information, please show me another team who has a better success rate than Infia in 2013. Maybe that will change your conception about a good team. And yes, Sorry for interrupting you.

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 3, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @ ThilankaK India also won when they visited last time and almost won the series. Mediocre SL lost to NZ and BD at their home turf. LOL. And hey kid Pak is coming your way to demolish you. We will beat you like you have never been beaten. Mahela has already backed out due to awareness of getting exposed against us. LOL.

  • vxttemp on December 3, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    @Mohammad Irfan: who do u want to see at 2? Pakistan/Bangla :-) Even I'm amazed to see Ind at 2. They will deserve it if they win at least one series per year outside Sub-continent. But I'm not really too pessimistic about that :-)

  • vxttemp on December 3, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @AsifRana: true cricket lover- which dictionary u r referring, please send me a copy :-) I don't see any sportsmanship in ur coments. See I'm here after 8-0 and I'll be here even if it is 10-0 :-) Definitely u seem to be from sub-continent. I think it is too early in the morning for a Saffer :-) Chill dude :-)

  • csowmi7 on December 3, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    lets take a look at pakistan's performance in south africa in test series in the recent tours. 2002- SA 2-0 2006- SA 2-1 2012- SA 3-0. Lets look at how they did in England. 2001- 1-1 2006-Eng 3-0 2010 Eng 3-1. In Australia its no better 1999-Aus 3-0 2004-Aus 3-0 2009-Aus 3-0. Whitewashed on every occasion. Now how bout Sri Lanka. 2000- SA 2-0 2002-SA 2-0 2011-SA 2-1. In Australia 2004 -Aus 1-0 2007-Aus 2-0 2012- Aus 3-0.Against England 2002-Eng 2-0 2006-1-1 2011- Eng 1-0. Before calling India flat track bullies please look at your own records. This promises to be a good series against the number 1 and 2 sides in the world. South Africa are definitely the favorites at the moment but the young India team should provide a good fight and may surprise them.

  • ThilankaK on December 3, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Before stating the game Dhoni seems afraid to SA attack ! Ok lets see team comparison, Vijay VS Petersen = Petersen is the best, Dhawan VS Smith = Smith is the best, Pujara VS Amla = Amla by far the best, Kohli VS Kallis = Kallis is the best, Rohit VS De Villiers = De Villiers by far the best, Dhoni VS du Plessis = du Plessis is the best batsman , Jadeja VS Duminy = Duminy is the best batting all rounder Let see the bowling, Zaheer VS Steyn = Steyn by far the best, Bhuvneshwar VS Philander = Philander by far the best, Shami VS Morkel = Morkel by far the best, Ashwin VS Tahir = both equal That's why they're the best & No.1 test team ( below that minnows )

  • Basil777 on December 3, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Engalnd; Australia; Pakistan ; who ever not team are even marginally close to the level SA Test team is at the moment.

    India will need to depend on the shorter formats to win some games forget the test is a 2 - 0 whitewash in SA favour (thats why India dont wnat to play more test they will be to embarressed to loose)

  • BilloBarber on December 3, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    guys lets enjoy da clash b/w no .1 rank team at home/away and no.2 rank team at home .......

  • mmmuthukumar on December 3, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    I predict India to win 2-1 in ODI and Test Series 0-0 or 1-1.

  • arjun_chaudhri on December 3, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    all cricket fans; Ok we accepted SA is much more better team than us in all three department ! and yes we're struggling in fast tracks ! ( but don't insult us like flat track bullies because it's hurt us ) but it's too early to comment about cricket because cricket is a funny game until final ball bowl we can't tell something who knows ???

  • on December 3, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Until you play a 5 test series against the number 1 team in the world in their own country you will never taken seriously as a good team. Sorry.

  • puntertakeson on December 3, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    @Justout How come our team will go downwards from here. I thought we passed out that phase when we had non-performing player like Shewag Bhajji back then.

  • ThilankaK on December 3, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    @ Yousufahmed1 , Dhananjay Sarpotdar all Indian fans , hey kids I don't have time to waste with playing you, by the way we are here to comment SA vs IND not others you all try to hide that because you all know IND will lose by innings, don't get hurt ,this is cricket not hockey ! yes IND were good @ hockey but in SA they have nothing to do with cricket ! ( but SL manage won a test match on their last outing in SA) bye!!!

  • on December 3, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    thilan k srilanka team is a declining team, after sanga and teh other two stalwartes retires your team will even can,t compete with kenya. future looking bleak.

  • Srivathsan_Sridharan on December 3, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    To All: Let us enjoy the prospect of a good series lies ahead of us instead of bashing each other's team. I am an Indian fan, I just don't see the reason why every time a news comes about Indian team, most other fans has been criticising each and every aspect of our team. Instead, they can analyse their own team's performance. I know this is a tough tour but the youngsters can pull of a surprise. I am not like some other Indian fans who blindly support our team. But i can still say that this team can capable of doing that. Let us enjoy the fantastic series ahead. Hope it produces fascinating cricket. To Other Fans: Please keep your mouths shut and criticise your team's performance. We Indians will take care of our team. ALL THE BEST INDIA..

  • blthndr on December 3, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Isn't it a shame for other teams they cant perform against club level bowler from india....and in coming series lets see how SA perform against these club level bowlers.....it will be shameful for SA if they lose even one ODI match....whats fascinating more that india hav managed to attain the status of no1 in ODI and no2 in test with these club level bowlers and what if they hav the kind of world class bowlers(according to ur perception)...i know it would be terrified everyone....

  • on December 3, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    I think ICC ranking system shud be changed. Different points should be given for home and away games. A team like IND hardly won anything significant away from home except WI, NZL ranked no. 2 test team in the world. Same not the case with SA who beat AUS, ENG at their home soil recently. So SA Surely deserved to be on Top at Test level but Ind surely not a No. 2 Test team in the world.

  • OttawaRocks on December 3, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: Shoulda, woulda, coulda never won any trophies.

  • on December 3, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Test series is going south aftica's way for sure.as for odi' series,i guess south africa wil be given a hard time...wil live to watch steyn n phillander vs dhawans n kollis...

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 3, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    I understand your pain, Every team is improving, Pak won in SA, Sa won in

    UAE, Zim won against PAK, Bang won against NZ and Won in SL, WI won in IND, IND won in

    ENG (CT) and tri series in WI, NZ won in SL, AUS won in IND. Everyone is punching above

    their weight, Everyone in becoming more competetive, everybody is unearthing fresh

    talent like de kock, Bilal, anwar ali, maqsood, naseer hossain, neesham, Powell,

    shillingford, MD shami, BUT your team is going further down. Losing to BAN at home then

    NZ's c team defeated u. they didn't even send their main players coz they realized

    anybody they send will win and they did. Yet to win anything outside ASIA. It would be

    a miracle if your team is still playing after 5years. LOL

  • AB_DeVilliers on December 3, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    I know this is an open forum, but what's up with the Sri Lankans commenting and bashing India here, when this fixture has nothing to do with them? I have side with our Indian commenters on this one - you guys are not up there with the rest of the teams in test cricket, so give it a rest Lankan fans.

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 3, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    @ ThilankaK You stay busy here and we are going to thrash SL. LOL. Lets face it Indian

    has been thrashing SL team everywhere and they have really dented your players for

    life. Your team has become such easy fodder for everybody like recently NZ showed

    everybody with their worst team ever. You were saved by Umpires and Rain. Your batsmen

    cannot score 200 runs in 50 overs against this mediocre Indian bowling I bet they will

    fold for under 50 against us. LOL. with extra's being the top scorer followed by

    runmachine sanga scoring 12.

  • loonykiwirocker on December 3, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Good to hear the usual rants from frustrated Pak & SL fans. Keep them coming guys, we really enjoy reading them. Unfortunately you guys are in a situation where you have to support another team since your teams are just scraping the barrel.

  • on December 3, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @thilankak I think you got a contract from india bashers just to criticize india regardless of any common sense.....why dont you go through your team's record all over ,abroad, and against india..please go through and then comment...I can understand your problem with india...coz SL is thrashed by india in every corner of world be a flat track be a fast track or be a slow low turning track....take a break for a while.. get India out of your head and then start commenting

  • Hindh on December 3, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Pak fans and SL fans here must be ashamed abt their records overseas themselves as SL was whitewashed in Aus last time and Pak fans must remember that everytime fromm 1999 tour they have been whitewashed 3-0 by Aus and another 3-0 by SA this year .So they have to be last people to advise India...

  • on December 3, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    @thilankak I think you got a contract from india bashers just to criticize india regardless of any common sense.....why dont you go through your team's record all over ,abroad, and against india..please go through and then comment...I can understand your problem with india...coz SL is thrashed by india in every corner of world be a flat track be a fast track or be a slow low turning track....take a break for a while.. get India out of your head and then start commenting

  • AB_DeVilliers on December 3, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    @justOut - totally agree with you mate. In addition, all these Indian supporters using India's champions trophy victory as a leg to stand on to defend this team haha. Guys, please tell me how many test matches and series team India has won outside India with this team? U folks claim to be number 2 in the ranking, but couldn't lift a bat in Eng an Aus. Stop fooling yourselves but talking ur team up when there is no basis to do so away from home in test matches, and let's wait for the series to start. Also, stop bashing team SA as we are world number 1 in tests, undisputed in fact, and we are looking forward to the India series.

  • on December 3, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    @thilankak I think you got a contract from india bashers just to criticize india regardless of any common sense.....why dont you go through your team's record all over ,abroad, and against india..please go through and then comment...I can understand your problem with india...coz SL is thrashed by india in every corner of world be a flat track be a fast track or be a slow low turning track....take a break for a while.. get India out of your head and then start commenting

  • on December 3, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @thilankak I think you got a contract from india bashers just to criticize india regardless of any common sense.....why dont you go through your team's record all over ,abroad, and against india..please go through and then comment...I can understand your problem with india...coz SL is thrashed by india in every corner of world be a flat track be a fast track or be a slow low turning track....take a break for a while.. get India out of your head and then start commenting

  • Fijicricket on December 3, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell on (December 3, 2013, 1:56 GMT All we care about is our record against Pakistan in the world cups all over the world which currently stands at 9-0 whitewash! And in the next world cup it is most likely most likely going to extend it to 10-0. As for the current SA/World Champs India series one thing for sure India wont be bowled out for 49 runs like Pakistan and wont lose to Zimbabwe in their next tour there!

  • BounceTrack_BULLY on December 3, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    It will be a run fest considering the form indian team is in, SA do have the big hitters. It will be fun time for Indian Fans!.

  • AB_DeVilliers on December 3, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @Mike Borchardr, well said mate. Running away from Newlands proves to me that even the administration of this team, the ones who select them, are not confident in their ability to withstand our bowling at Newlands. Then again, that doesn't surprise me given India have never won an ODI or Test series in SA. That is quite shocking.

  • CricketFever11 on December 3, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @vxttemp: I am a true supporter of cricket. Haa.....Ha..... Indian fans are seemed to be so annoyed to find out the reality of their team.......... I can't wait until the series begins....48 hour seems so long to me.........Lol........

  • Romanticstud on December 3, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    About Scheduling ... The article by Ian Chappel the other day was a brilliant one ... Two test series are killing cricket ... The ICC should put its foot down as the public are here to watch a series with an amicable result ... The fact that the ICC is weak means countries can schedule short series ... The top 6 teams should all be 5 test match series ...

  • Fijicricket on December 3, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    @Ali_Eorse on (December 3, 2013, 1:07 GMT) Your predictions prove your knowledge of the game! as for Dhawan: 4 ducks in two tests"" for your information Shikar Dhawan scored 436 runs in four games he played in South Africa last year when touring with the A team! Get well soon so you can really enjoy Indias matches. If comments are anything to by people of Pakistan will be following Indias tour very closely. Thank you all from Pakistan for making the most followed team in the game!

  • on December 3, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    This young Indian team will give SA a run for their money.. This team is physically strong, agile, intelligent and confident and they are mentally strong too..SA depends heavily on their bowlers mainly Dale Steyn and few batters.. No one should underestimate anyone.. Nobody has seen them(Young team India) batting or bowling in foreign conditions except in England during CT 2013 where they became Champions of Champions, Where they scored heavily and bowled masterfully. The first match was against SA and India smashed 332 against these same bowlers. India won every single game including practice matches where they bowled out Aus for 65. How can anyone predict that they will perform badly against this SA team in SA? Either those ppl don't watch cricket or they don't know anything abt cricket. Cricket is a very very funny game. It can give you surprises that you may have never imagined in ur sweet dreams.. Stop this hatred towards Team India, It's only making you more jealous nd angry..#BB

  • JustOUT on December 3, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    @GRVJPR - Did your team won against England in England twice? Did your team won against Aus in Aus twice? SA did these comfortably. For those who says SA team is good on paper, they have proved time and again by winning the TEST matches(without losing) overseas. They climbed to No.1 by beating the teams away from home, whereas Team India climbed playing at home. Real picture came out when they visited England & Aug in 2011/2012. Unless TEAM INDIA win or atleast draw TEST series both home and away then they are treated as a good team. I am sure that team india will go downwards from this tour onwards as they are visitng NS, Eng and Aus next.

  • yogesh.gg on December 3, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    I don't get it at all, very distasteful comments by some cricket fans, i get it you don't like indian team but why degrade them unnecessarily and make a fool out of yourselves.

  • ThilankaK on December 3, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @ chandrashaekar_us ; still not game stat mate So we have to discus with paper, unfortunately for IND you also said on paper SA is the best side, thanks mate !!!

  • Htc-Android on December 3, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    @GRVJPR. Smiths Average against SL is only 35. You are wrong to say he pummelled our bowlers. And regarding the street bowlers talk, We saw how Amla pummelled ur street level bowlers in your home ground scoring 253 not out. Remember his average in India is 102. This series is held in SA. So you know what he can do now.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 3, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    @AsifRana. Whats the role of a 3rd class team in a contest between no:1 and no:2 team? You cannot hide Pak batsman's inability to score runs behind the ground size. If it was a 30 mtr ground mediocre pak score will not cross 200.

  • anupkeni on December 3, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    When South Africa toured India in February 2010, they played only 2 tests and 3 ODIs. After that India toured South Africa in December 2010-January 2011 and played 3 tests, 5 ODIs and 1 T20I. South Africa hasn't toured India after that. Now India tours South Africa. Since the ICC wants reciprocal tours, restricting India's tour of South Africa to 2 tests and 3 ODIs is perfectly justified, because that is the amount of cricket South Africa played the last time they had toured India. The South African team and their public should not really cringe about that. Let's hope the South African weather does not play spoilsport with this series. Let the series begin.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 3, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @AsifRana - If you think this will be a Pakistan type performance versus Zimbabwe.. then forget it :)

  • CricketFever11 on December 3, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @GRVJPR: Dhawan vs Smith: Smith is the best simply he is not a flat track bulliy. Moreover, Smith is not insulting injured players on the field.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 3, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @Albert_cambel.How can you assure that? It would have been an Indian victory for sure.

  • vxttemp on December 3, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    @AsifRana: Are you from pakistan/Bangla/SL? I generally don't expect such comments from a South african :-) On a lighter note, let SA win a knock-out match on 60m flat tracks. They have already tried twice in 96 and '11 :-)

  • chandrashaekar_us on December 3, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    @ThilankanK - Faf Duplessis is a better batsman than Dhoni? Really? What has Peterson done any better than Vijay has done? And in which cricketing world Tahir is equal to Ashwin? Your comment is exactly how politicians work - add a few lies while largely talking facts!! However, I agree that SA side look much stronger on paper, both in bowling and batting. Unfortunately cricket is not played in paper!! SA team is definitely stronger team on paper, but now let us see if they can actually be the better team on the field.

  • puntertakeson on December 3, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @ThilankaK Enlighten me how good is Streyn & co with old ball. We have very good reverse swing and spin blower than South Africa. You have no records to prove the comparison you have made.

  • Marktc on December 3, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    What is important here is the players on both sides are victims of the administration. Without pointing fingers at either, the admin messed up big time. Let the players do what they are paid to do-play cricket. GRVJPR- look at SA's oppositions test sores and tell me where there are flat tracks. India prepare spinning home wickets as that is their strength. SA prepare fast pitches as that is their strength. Not too sure where you are going with you argument...

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    No track is more flat than those in colombo and sri lanka. I remeber a match where thousand runs were scored and not even 2 innings completed. We all knwo how jaywedene plays when he goes abroad. Can't even put bat to ball. Pakistan are other kings of flat track bullies with most ordinary bowling attack.

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Mahella jatwardene average in South AFrica is 15. What a flat track bully he is along with sangakkara.

  • pull_shot on December 3, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    @ ThilankaK it doesn't matter who z d best when u can score more runs on a given day

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    @ThilankaK, Dhawan vs Smith, you said Smith Best. On what basis. He may have plundered your street level sri lankan attack. Against India he is as pathetic as any. He zaheers famous bunny. Haven't yet lasted more than 2 overs against him.OK!

  • ThilankaK on December 3, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Who says IND batting line up is the best ? I think this NZ batting line up much more better than IND flat track kings !!! what a funny game is the cricket !!

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    @ThilankaK, India vs South Africa = India is the best.

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 3, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    "From a bumper schedule of two T20s, seven ODIs and three Tests,"

    Rubbish. 7 ODIs way too high. ICC should put a max limit of 5 ODIs in any bilateral series with Min 3 tests. I would have loved to see 4 tests in this tour instead of 2 tests and 3 ODIS. If the crowd loves shorter format then scrape ODIS and have 2-3 T20s and 4 tests.

  • CricketFever11 on December 3, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    I cannot wait to see these Indian flat track bullies getting hammered by Stayn and Co........ Go............SA.........Go...............

  • ThilankaK on December 3, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    And once more SA is the best fielding side by far the best than others !!!

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @Albert_cambell, Mate If there was a 3rd test in India, the series would have been our and not yours. South Africa should thank heavens that so far your tours to India have been short else South Africa would have never reached number 1 spot.

  • on December 3, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    There might be some resentment in some sections over the way CSA and BCCI have sparred during recent weeks. But there seems to be no differences among the players. I hope every thing be normal soon and matches will be played in good spirits.

  • on December 3, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster:We don't play Pakistan as often as we should for a fairly obvious reason-awful diplomatic relations between the two countries.It's the same reason you don't see Pakistani players taking part in the IPL,though commentators and coaching staff from across the border are still welcome(Ramiz Raja,Wasim and Waqar Younis have been involved in the tournament).The people would love to see more cricket being played between the two sides,but given the current state of affairs at the political level it's difficult to see normalcy return to Ind-Pak cricket any time soon.

  • ThilankaK on December 3, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Before stating the game Dhoni seems afraid to SA attack ! Ok lets see team comparison, Vijay VS Petersen = Petersen is the best, Dhawan VS Smith = Smith is the best, Pujara VS Amla = Amla by far the best, Kohli VS Kallis = Kallis is the best, Rohit VS De Villiers = De Villiers by far the best, Dhoni VS du Plessis = du Plessis is the best batsman , Jadeja VS Duminy = Duminy is the best batting all rounder Let see the bowling, Zaheer VS Steyn = Steyn by far the best, Bhuvneshwar VS Philander = Philander by far the best, Shami VS Morkel = Morkel by far the best, Ashwin VS Tahir = both equal That's why they're the best & No.1 test team ( below that minnows )

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Yet another proof that foreign tracks are in fact real flat tracks and Indian tracks are real test tracks. Here is a list of tracks on which most runs in a single day are scored in test matches. Indian track appears only once. Here is the list: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283082.html

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Except for India all other tracks are flat. In India ball spins from day 1, then there is reverse swing along with more turn all the way. In foreign picthes it is just a movementg for first 2 hours and then it gets flatter and flatter and flatter, all the way flat.

  • blue_kings on December 3, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    It's all too early to comment... Specially with players like ABD who likes to play cricket more than mind games, Amla whose batting is more powerful than words, Dhoni with a cool head and ability to tackle worst situations, Dhawan with a ever smiling face & so many to name, I do not feel there would be anything except cricket with a bit of sledging which lifts the level of competition I believe.

    Media is targeting India team for not playing a full tour. Are they responsible for making BCCI agree to what tours they will play on and for what duration... They cannot pay back for the financial losses SA will have for not having a full tour...

    Lorgat did it his way and BCCI being the powerful one, did it in style and the sufferer in both cases is CRICKET. I am sure India would have wanted to play a full tour before going to England and Australia which would have given India the right practice and chance to fight back with analysis if in case they fail in SA.

    B

  • Albert_cambell on December 3, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    @GRVJPR. Yes we are definitely willing to play a 5 match test series in India, if your BCCI arrange a series like that. The problem is despite of us being a No.1 side in the world, we are always scheduled for a 2 match test series. Its not our fault. ICC is making schedules like this. Remember our last two tours to India were two match series. and we had drawn both series. If there was 3rd test, then definetly the series was going to be ours.

  • fayyaz03 on December 3, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    @GRVJPR: You have got a very short term memory. Dont you remember the last bilateral series btw these two sides in 2010-2011? S.Africa ended up winning 3-2. In addition, South Africa was the only team which dented India's world cup joy and handed them their sole defeat in the whole tournament.

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Can't remember the last time SOuth Africa beat India or won any major tournament. May be in Adams age.

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Out of last 10 matches 7 finished in less than 3 and half days. So where are flat tracks. Currently N 330-3 vs WI, now that is a flat track.

  • Fan1969 on December 3, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    @Ali_Eorse. Daydreaming friend. Come on wake up.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 3, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    You hear that CSA ? Our players better be protected. OR, there will be severe repercussions from the BCCI. Just kidding ! I am sure the series will be played well and in good spirits. Obviously, a lot of fans on both sides are disappointed that this series is a shortened affair. Whilst I am not a test fan, I do realize every format requires at least 3 games minimum. 2 tests are not enough and it doesn't do justice. If there is a 1-1 draw, both the boards have only themselves to blame. I also cannot understand why the BCCI doesn't support more games against SA. It seems we always play England or Australia or Sri Lanka. When do we play SA or PAK ? There needs to be balance. Still, I wish this talented Indian team all the very best.

  • GRVJPR on December 3, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    South Africa and soem Indians are making too much about short tour. I can't remeber south africa touring india for a 5 test series. I say again, it is loss of revenue that is hurting south africa than lack of matches. Would south Africa agree to tour India for a 5 match test series!

  • Fan1969 on December 3, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    I just hope that irritation with CSA and BCCI does not spill on to the field. Some sledging is fine as long as it is not too personal.

    SA can host IPL in 2014 as it coincides with Indian elections. They can then make up all financial losses from the curtailed tour and maybe some profits as well. I much rather see SA host IPL 7 rather than SL or Bangladesh. The swing in the ball early on adds spice to the contests.

    Hope SA cricket fans treat Indian players with dignity and warmth. Please do not hit the Indian players, it just breaks SA batsman concentration!

  • on December 3, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    I have no qualms in Tendulkar playing his last game on home soil. He is due that respect for his contribution to the game. A fitting finale he had. But that should be no reason for upsetting the South African schedule. I am an Indian (from India) who had lived in South Africa for close to 16 years until 1995. I know the South African people too. A great country. Just don't like BCCI bossing over ICC matters. I am sure the people in South Africa would give the Indian team a chance to play the game in the right spirit and not let their anger on BCCI spill over on the players.

  • Great_Chucker on December 3, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    @Albert_cambell SL are struggling to find a decent coach for their club level cricketers

  • himanshu.team on December 3, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Being an Indian supporter, I wanted this to be a proper tour with at least three, if not more test matches. As a cricket lover, test matches remain in memory much longer than ODIs and T20s which may turn into a lottery because of a toss or an over-the-top performance of one individual. The test matches are a real 'test' and therefore, I enjoy them more. Having said that, I still feel this will be a good contest. If there is swing and bounce, India have good bowlers to make use of it. If there is just pace and bounce with little swing, then it will assist Indian spinners and batters more than SA pacers. I don't think this Indian side is worried too much about the 'sweet-chin-music' or are technically inept at playing the moving the ball. So it won't be like the past tours. This team is probably our best side to visit SA and the Porteas will really need to play well to get the better of us.

  • on December 3, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    anger should be against BCCI and its policies... nothing much The Indian team can do about it...all non indian cric fans should understand and respect the good cricket that India plays

  • on December 3, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Well I see India winning the ODI and 20/20 against SA. Because of the recent form in those formats. But.. I really don't see India winning a Test match in SA. While I see players like Kohli n Dhoni that will probably perform in the test series. Because they have experience playing on faster bouncier pitches. When they last toured Australia. But the rest of their batsman have very little experience playing in SA conditions. I think batsman like Dhawan, Sharma n Pujara. Will be targeted by the SA test bowlers.

  • Albert_cambell on December 3, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    @kahvas. I think you should be telling that to your fans 1st. i remember What your fans said at the start of the English tour and when they toured to India. That time you had Sachin and dravid in your team. But this time you dont have them. It will be daydream if you guys are even thinking about a draw in SA. You are most likely going to extend it to 10-0.

  • Greatest_Game on December 3, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    @ parvinder7 asks "india is the only one that plays a test match abroad after finishing a home series 10-15 days ago. Which team does that?"

    West Indies are already playing a test series in New Zealand. Its like they just finished a home series - they were playing for India!

  • on December 3, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    south africa will win both odi and test all the best

  • Ali_Eorse on December 3, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    Here is the prediction:

    ODI: S.A. wins all three, each with over 100 runs and 5 wickets. Tests: S.A. wins both with an innings and 100 runs.

    Steyn: A world record: Each inning he gets a five wickets. All total: Over 20 wickets in two matches.

    Indian bats: Dhawan: 4 ducks in two tests. Same for Dhoni.

    Ishant Sharma: Gets hit for 34 runs 3 times in the ODI by Amla, AB, and Dumminy.

    After S.A., India will take a break from Cricket for at least 5-years.

    Too painful.

  • on December 3, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    South Africans who normally come to the ground to watch internationals had always been mature and balanced. And a happy and delightful lot. I have seen many a time friendly groups of young South Africans &Indians sitting together and enjoying. Why should they show anger to the Indian TEAM, when the administrators are the ones who are messing things up. Almost all of the Indian cricket fans are equally upset about the curtailed tour. WE were all looking forward to a good contest between two of the best teams in cricket.

    The both the teams have to just play the game as well as they are capable of. And, they will. There are very good friends from both sides. When the crowd see the camaraderie between the players from both sides, they will just forget the administrative shenanigans and enjoy the game; and enjoy the young vibrant players; who are likely to be a far cry from the old generation.

    Wishing every one all the best to watch an interesting & enjoyable (though short) series.

  • Fan_of_test_cricket on December 2, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Indian fans like me are also very disappointed with the shortened tour. The New Year's Test would have been a treat to watch. I hope SA wins both the test and ODI series. A whitewash by SA would be the perfect answer to BCCI's haughtiness. SA is a great team and has massive home advantage too.

    Now that Sachin has retired, SA is the team I primarily support in world cricket.

  • on December 2, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    CSA must take all steps needed to ensure safety of Indian cricketers. If anything bad happens CSA will have to pay very dearly. We don't want another Pak like incident in cricket again.

  • DaGameChanger on December 2, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    As far as i know, BCCI wanted 3 test but it was not possible because Sahara withdraw its sponsorship which ends Dec 31 and I believe Star TV(News Corp) is the new sponsor. It was not possible to host a series with two different sponsors for various reasons. People who saying ODI should've be withdrawn should know that ODI is bread and butter. BCCI and CSA did what made sense financially. Lets enjoy cricket. My 2 cents, India looks a very good team this time, SA should watch out. Advantage India if they play 2 Spinners and 3 Seamers.

  • on December 2, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Oh, there are spectators in South Africa? Anyway, the income is generated by Indian TV rights more than anything else. It will be great to know if South Africans are going to boycott the games, I can certainly get a good deal and come over there to watch the game..

  • ashok16 on December 2, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    On 9 out of 10 Indian tours abroad to face competitive teams, irrespective of whether God or his messengers are batting for India, the trend is that the batting will collapse and bowling will do better than expected, though not enough to win the series. The odds are against India.

  • heartbreakerz on December 2, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    @Sayeeshwar Sathyanarayanan...it was always SA's turn to host because SA had visited india back to back in 2008 n 2010(on bcci's special request)..so now it's India's turn to return the favour

  • on December 2, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    hope to see some good cricket. I want to see how this india batting line up cope outside of india and how well shami and Bhuvi continue to bowl.

  • on December 2, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    all the patriots aside, this will be a great test for both sides. Pity only some sides get to contest a 5 match series.

  • on December 2, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    I feel your pain South African cricket fans. As an Indian, I want to see 3 tests and a full tour. Very Very Disappointed...

  • cricktwins on December 2, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    @englishfan In wt20 2007 dhoni gave the final over to joginder sharma and CT2013 final 18th over to ishant. jogi and ishant were not great players but a brilliant captain made an inspirational move and got some luck too.

    That aussie team captained by ponting were invincibles. I hope ind team also become like the great aussie team.. My personal opinion is, dhoni is a great and cool captain compared to ponting.. no offense

  • Vilander on December 2, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    very disappointed that its a curtailed series 3 tests was a bare minimum, they could have cut short the meaningless ODI's and played 3.

  • cricktwins on December 2, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    @englishfan I think dhoni is a great captain. He is not a captain of gr8 players unlike ponting.Ponting had a gr8 bowling attack, top spinners, finishers, alrounders etc.Dhoni leads one of the young, inexperienced, weakest bowling side.Except 1 or 2 bowlers, ind couldnt retain the same fast bowlers for long time due to some reason.Previous ind ODI sides werent best in the fielding.Dhoni still managed to win matches with limited resources.I doubt ponting would match dhoni's captaincy.Ponting played with seniors for almost a decade.When all the aussie greats retired ponting suffered.Dhoni always captained a very young, inexperienced side in odi's.In tests he had the support of rahul, sachin,vvs but with inexperienced attack, bowling mostly 135kmh,his side managed to pick 20 wkts.He lead from the front, made india a no1 test side for 18 mths. (contd.....)

  • Alexk400 on December 2, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    if green tinge pitch waits ...SA will be done and dusted with b kumar and shami rocking SA. it gona be advantage india i think.

  • Alexk400 on December 2, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    I prefer green tinge pitch. It will make game fun.

  • on December 2, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    MSD, is a credit to his country. I respect him and his team. The BCCI, however, I have so much disdain for that, whatever they may want to call themselves. They are not doing the culture of cricket any good. The game of cricket they are adding money too, but the culture, they are eroding. Shame on them. They have such a magnificent cricket side, but they allow they power they wield to harm the very essence of the game. From my side it very sad that the BCCI, have succumbed to the power they wield. I hope they can eventually see the way forward for worls cricket

  • kalyanbk on December 2, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    If it is any consolation to SA fans, Indian fans are also upset about the curtailed tour. We know that our team will get better only when they play consistently against the top teams like SA rather than endless series against the likes of Sri Lanka or WI. We too would love to see Dale Steyn charging into Dhawan and Pujara. I think politics and Sachin's farewell got in between. At least we could have played 3 tests and postponed the ODIs to a later date.

  • Temuzin on December 2, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @Zia Hassan Indians have negotiated Steyn before in south africa. Last time they visited SA the score was 1-1 and a draw with third one India was very close to winning. So it will not be a cake walk for SA. Indian batting will do good there. The only problem I see for India is they did not have luxury to spend a week or so before the matches to acclimatize.

  • Nampally on December 2, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    The reduced tour is the result of both Indian & SA Boards being at odds with each other ending up in a compromised schedule. It is time for both the Boards to set their personal interest aside & put their countries' Interests above their own. Dhoni was absolutely right in his response that let the administrators fight it out between them. As for throwing objects at the players,it is the responsibility of SA to ensure the safety of the players. If the player safety is not guaranteed, few countries would be willing to tour SA. Getting back to Cricket, India is #1 in the ODI format & #2 in the Test Format. SA is #1 in the Test format but #4 in the ODI's. It will be a close series in the Tests but India will be the favourites in the ODI's. There has been a lot made of the SA pitches & playing conditions. Although it is challenge to play SA on their home pitches, it is not a "Mission Impossible" as the media has made it look. Flat Track bullies, as India is tagged, will do well in SA too!.

  • thiruven on December 2, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Indian team is confident not arrogant. The next generation of layers will do well though Rohit Sharma is a suspect. The gang of mumbai based commentators are doing everything to prop Rohit's chances and hope it pays off. Time to let both Raina and Yuvraj go and bring in fresh talent. Ishant can come back. Time also to move Ashwin up the batting order.

  • vakkaraju on December 2, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    This Indian team has several youngsters, who are high on confidence and very talented. They play as a well knit team and appear relish each others success. This bodes well for the team. They cannot be written off by any means.

  • on December 2, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    If the FTP was fair, this would be India's turn to host. Of course it would be useless to expect anyone here to acknowledge this.

  • amit_1234 on December 2, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    A much awaited test series between the two best team..india will have to play out of their skin to defeat SA in their own backyards..while SA will like to contune their home dominance over india...everyone will miss sachin but india team with the likes of DSK ( Dhawan, Sharma & Kohli) will put up a stern fight against SA..Actually it will be a delight to see Kohli & Steyn going face to face..In the midst of controversial itinerary, fans may have to sit back and enjoy only a couple of tests & 3 ODI's but it surely will guarantee a cracker of a show..As an Indian fan i would love to see india whitewash the series, i know its very difficult but with Dhoni & this young Indian team u never know..but for SA it wont be a cakewalk for sure...Whatever may be lets hope for a nail biting series..

  • parvinder7 on December 2, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    everyone is complaining about india batsmen playing on flat pitches. Well tell all the teams available to chase 350 when their team is 2-1 down, against this australia bowling attack. Make the flattest pitch and i will bet 1 out of 10 times u will chase that score against australia. Everyone is saying india lost 8-0 away. But no one is saying india is the only one that plays a test match abroad after finishing a home series 10-15 days ago. Which team does that. India lost abroad because they had won a world cup. Their arrogance was to blame. Now Ms dhoni knows he can win with new talent. This year has made him believe there is talent in india and not the favouritism he had started to do. Thats why india lost because he as a captain started to believe he can do anything and india will win. I think it was a good thing india lost 8-0. It woke him up.

  • on December 2, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    @albert campbell ohh oh wait bud as u may have to swallow ur words . ur team just scrapped over Pakistan not even a week now. I haven't seen a confident batsman from ur side at ur home town then. will c though and le the best team cross the line.

  • CodandChips on December 2, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    An honest opinion on Dhoni:

    Not a great captain but a good one. A captain of great players. Just like Ponting.

    The best ODI finisher on the planet. Nobody else comes close. He averages 50 with an excellent strike rate and wins games all the time.

    A poor test batsman who has had a good year. His average is under 40.

    A wicketkeeper who started out good but whose ability has dropped over the last couple of years. But he was alright vs West Indies.

    A fantastic public speaker.

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Indian players are always under immense pressure.I don't think they need any mental anguish being piled on from fans of other teams to be under a little duress.When you have to carry the expectations of a billion plus people every time you walk out to bat,field and bowl,little things like coping a little frustration from hostile crowds doesn't seem to matter a whole lot.Under Dhoni you can be sure that the Indians will only be minding their cricket and dusting everything else off and moving on. It's going to be an interesting series.Definitely a disappointment that three tests aren't being played,but with India's new look test line-up making its first appearance abroad,it will be nice to see if the youngsters can stand their ground against the likes of Steyn and Morkel.Hope some good cricket will be on view.

  • razorhedge on December 2, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    From reading comments of most non-Indian posters, looks like the world is out to beat India right now. Too much trash-talking going on. Lets just enjoy the cricket!

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @Albert_Cambell- Maybe this batting line-up would destroy ur pace attack.. Cricket is a funny game..

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    As a fan we wanted a long tour of SA as we want our team to do well there... But even our government cannot control the BCCI, forget about other board or ICC...

    SA will dominate as usuall in their home against Indians but It will not be a cake walk for them this time I wish.....

    Also our top 4 bats of both test and ODIs are not tested against SOOOPER FAAST Styne and Morkell.. Exited to see the REAL CONTEST.....

    I HOPE ISHANT IS not PLAYING ANY MATCH OF THIS TOUR...He proved to be a match winner for AUS and SA would also want him in to play...

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Will be test of SA bowlers to contain highly rated Indian Batsmen.....Dont repeat as this is PAK batting lineup

  • kahvas on December 2, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell : Based on your performance against Pakistani batting lineup, I wont be talking as much if I were you. Assuming Steyn and Company may do well against India, learn to walk the walk before talking.

  • Albert_cambell on December 2, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Welcome to SA Mr.Dhoni. I hope your team will enjoy this picnic tour. I hope you do some good shopping in SA. Once the series starts you wont have much fun. Our bowlers will tear apart this Indian batting line up.

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    india will have to play good cricket to beat them

  • GRVJPR on December 2, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Title of topic is wrong. Dhoni and Dead bat can't appear together. I think the right heading world have been "Dhoni helicoptorizes suggestions of tense reception for India in SA"

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    indian top 4 were handling jhonsons 151kph bowling doesnt duncan fletcher know that there is a big difference between playing on dead batting tracks of india and playing on lively bouncy tracks of SA or AUS. SA bowling attack will bounce the indian team out espically styen with pace and phillander with line and length the only bowler that india will get runs off is imran tahir as indians are good players of spin. that was the whole point for india to play a mini series as they didnt want their ranking to slip every one knows thar subcontinental sides struggle abroad so i wont be surprised if the SA fans and team get verbel with the indian team

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Its natural to show the anger at the Indian Team but SA supporters should very well think of the consequences 1) It would give BCCI another reason to have a go at SA cricket and say, ' We told you so ' 2) Indian team may have a shortened tour but its the SA team will come for each IPL and they travel thru length and breadth of this vast country and it's sure they 'll get more torn reception than what SA could do so 3) Despite being in SA, Indians will still feel at home because of the travelling supporters. We have seen that in Aus, Eng and the rest of the world & SA will be no different The Champions Trophy final in England is the latest example In all the melee, we are forgetting that, its the SA Board which created the first ruffle by announcing the tour Unilateraly, You don't do that to anybody , especially against the BCCI Finally,its not a question of about who can do what. Its about enjoying a game of cricket peacefully, Isn't that our common heroes taught us. Mandela & Gandhi

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    A Kingsmead Test match is like playing at a neutral venue for the Proteas. Its very obvious what the BCCI was trying to accomplish (they wanted to take the home team advantage away from South Africa, incl. the ability to choose venues which will suit SA)

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  • on December 2, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    A Kingsmead Test match is like playing at a neutral venue for the Proteas. Its very obvious what the BCCI was trying to accomplish (they wanted to take the home team advantage away from South Africa, incl. the ability to choose venues which will suit SA)

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Its natural to show the anger at the Indian Team but SA supporters should very well think of the consequences 1) It would give BCCI another reason to have a go at SA cricket and say, ' We told you so ' 2) Indian team may have a shortened tour but its the SA team will come for each IPL and they travel thru length and breadth of this vast country and it's sure they 'll get more torn reception than what SA could do so 3) Despite being in SA, Indians will still feel at home because of the travelling supporters. We have seen that in Aus, Eng and the rest of the world & SA will be no different The Champions Trophy final in England is the latest example In all the melee, we are forgetting that, its the SA Board which created the first ruffle by announcing the tour Unilateraly, You don't do that to anybody , especially against the BCCI Finally,its not a question of about who can do what. Its about enjoying a game of cricket peacefully, Isn't that our common heroes taught us. Mandela & Gandhi

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    indian top 4 were handling jhonsons 151kph bowling doesnt duncan fletcher know that there is a big difference between playing on dead batting tracks of india and playing on lively bouncy tracks of SA or AUS. SA bowling attack will bounce the indian team out espically styen with pace and phillander with line and length the only bowler that india will get runs off is imran tahir as indians are good players of spin. that was the whole point for india to play a mini series as they didnt want their ranking to slip every one knows thar subcontinental sides struggle abroad so i wont be surprised if the SA fans and team get verbel with the indian team

  • GRVJPR on December 2, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Title of topic is wrong. Dhoni and Dead bat can't appear together. I think the right heading world have been "Dhoni helicoptorizes suggestions of tense reception for India in SA"

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    india will have to play good cricket to beat them

  • Albert_cambell on December 2, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Welcome to SA Mr.Dhoni. I hope your team will enjoy this picnic tour. I hope you do some good shopping in SA. Once the series starts you wont have much fun. Our bowlers will tear apart this Indian batting line up.

  • kahvas on December 2, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell : Based on your performance against Pakistani batting lineup, I wont be talking as much if I were you. Assuming Steyn and Company may do well against India, learn to walk the walk before talking.

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Will be test of SA bowlers to contain highly rated Indian Batsmen.....Dont repeat as this is PAK batting lineup

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    As a fan we wanted a long tour of SA as we want our team to do well there... But even our government cannot control the BCCI, forget about other board or ICC...

    SA will dominate as usuall in their home against Indians but It will not be a cake walk for them this time I wish.....

    Also our top 4 bats of both test and ODIs are not tested against SOOOPER FAAST Styne and Morkell.. Exited to see the REAL CONTEST.....

    I HOPE ISHANT IS not PLAYING ANY MATCH OF THIS TOUR...He proved to be a match winner for AUS and SA would also want him in to play...

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @Albert_Cambell- Maybe this batting line-up would destroy ur pace attack.. Cricket is a funny game..