Despite the Test series loss, South Africa was a major step forward for Indian cricket. Driven by a new ‘culture’, the DNA of Virat’s team is different from previous Indian teams.
Notice the change. No Indian team has done this well overseas, not for a long time. India were competitive in Tests and outstanding in other games. Our bowling in Tests revolved round quality pace and, in the shorter format, around quality wrist spin.
The players have changed — they look like cool models with tattoos, flashy lifestyles, funky haircuts. More remarkable is the transformation of the team itself, now a close knit ‘group’ of individuals with shared values. The ‘group’ is about cricket, also about bonding, attitude and unwritten rules.