CHURUMURI POLL: Can Dhoni & Co beat SA?

The smiles are back on the faces of Indian cricketers, if not cricket fans. After a 0-4 drubbing against England in England and a 0-4 defeat at the hands of Australia in Australia, followed by a series loss to England at home, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys have finally sealed a 3-0 series win against Australia at home, with one Test still to come.

Minus Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman and Virender Sehwag, the young guns (from Murali Vijay to Shikhar Dhawan to Cheteshwar Pujara to Virat Kohli) have scored runs by the bucket. Suddenly Ravichandran Ashwin is taking wickets and Ravindra Jadeja is being spoken of as a match-winner.

No cricket victory is to be scoffed at, although critics will point at the advantage of home conditions, turning tracks, an inexperienced opposition, dissent in the ranks, etc. But there is such a thing as a reality check, too. So, the question is: is this just a chimera or could Dhoni & Co come up trumps against South Africa later this year?

Can the young batsmen stand up to the searing pace of Dale Steyn, Mornie Morkel and Vernon Philander? Will the bowlers run through a batting order that comprises Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, A.B. de Villiers, Faf du Plesis? Or is winning at home enough?

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9 Responses to “CHURUMURI POLL: Can Dhoni & Co beat SA?”

  1. ramanath maiya Says:

    South Africa has to come to India and then there may be some hopes of beating them. The otherway round is a huge asking as of now!!!

  2. RaoWords Says:

    If Australia had a decently experienced team, India would have been in the opposite situation of what it is now.
    They were struggling against much better England, and now against a weaker team they win and imagine that they can challenge the top team!!
    Indian Team will get Canned for sure!

  3. Sanjeeva Says:

    Permanent knee-jerk reactions since 1971 when India won against England and W.I. We win 3 matches – Lo! In every bit of paper, photos of players appear, they are glorified, ad contracts pour in, everyone of them becomes a hero, India is depicted as a Super Power next only to USA, for next one month, except cricket nothing is talked about. And we loss 3 matches – Lo! the players are condemned to hell, their photos are put in shredders, effigys are burnt, jokes and cartoons will start making rounds, post-mortem of each player is done by each paper and magazine and thesis will be written on the post-mortem reports. And the life goes on….

  4. Amit M Says:

    Short answer: No.

    Where are the pace bowlers to beat SA in their own grounds? Apart from B.Kumar, who is as yet untested in SA, who else do we have who can make waves in SA?

    And as for the batsmen, who in the present squad can boast a decent record abroad, apart from Tendulkar, who has been playing his ‘farewell series’ for the past 2 years?

    SA will be a good reality check. The only positive we can hope for is that Pujara will give a decent showing and continue to develop as a great Test batsman.

  5. Dr Y N I Anand Says:

    “Take things as you meet them” is a good old statement.

    Indians followed this principle and ascended to the peak of test cricket a couple of years ago. It is not impossible to repeat their feat.

    Let us stop making all sorts of negative remarks and wish them the best.

    Thanks,

  6. Amit M Says:

    @Dr YNI, please don’t get me wrong, I am a fan too and if wishes were enough, then my good wishes alone would have kept the Indian Cricket Team at the top of the Test rankings for the past 20 years! :)

    We ‘ascended to the peak of test cricket a couple of years ago’ mainly because of the hard work and technical proficiency of a couple of batsmen and a legendary spinner, all of whom have since retired. I hope and pray that a few in the present team will eventually develop into as great players as those were, but right now, and in December in South Africa, I’m afraid that facts and reality, will remain facts and reality.

  7. Faldo Says:

    The question should be “Do Dhoni and co want to beat SA in SA?”
    Even in the Mohali Test with a tremondous advantage, Dhoni has admitted that he was not thinking about winning the test. In Test matches in recent years, the Indian team has shown a defensive mindset especially when things are not going its way.

  8. Nastika Says:

    > Can Dhoni & Co beat SA?
    Not everyday (or say in everydecade) an Australian side is blanked 4-0. Before the Australian side bounces back, savor the moment !

    Comment on beating SA is immature and actually ridicules the current achievement. I think we must be happy to see quality cricketers play for India. Hope it does not go Hockey way.

    eg,
    Kid: I came first at state level !
    Parent: That is not an achievement, can you come first at national level?

    ~*~

  9. Ramees Says:

    India can beat south africa.there is many talented players.it is only matter of dedication and confidence.
    We have to buildup a good pace bowling line up to succeed in foreign pitches.bhuvaneshwar kumar is a sure bet.but ishant isn’t good.
    I would like to see irfan pathan,umesh yadav and varun aaron.in fact these three are injured but 8 months is a good amount of time to recover.

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