Team India’s Protean challenge
In the six tours to South Africa, India have won only two Tests. But the current team may buck that trendunlike earlier, pace is with them
The two seasons in which Greg Chappell coached India are now seen as winters of discontent. But for one bad day, however, his legacy might have been so very different. The first Test series win in England, in the summer of 1971, is still considered one of Indian cricket’s greatest achievements, more so because England were then the best team in the world. But 70 years after first touring Australia, and a quarter-century after becoming the first side to play in post-apartheid South Africa, India have yet to win a series in either country. To Chappell, and Rahul Dravid, then captain, should have gone that glory.