Ajinkya Rahane scored 209 runs in two Tests on his last tour to South Africa, in 2013. This anxiety came with the territory if you grew up watching Indian cricket in the 1980s and 1990s. Over time, with South Africa establishing themselves as one of the top teams in the world, curiosity was replaced by fear, especially when it came to away tours. Also read: India’s tour of South Africa: Equal in skills, disadvantaged by historyWith Indian cricket growing stronger in the last decade and a half, contests against South Africa became more competitive, with this new-found aggression defined by that I-don’t-care-who’s-watching mid-pitch dance by S. Sreesanth in Johannesburg, 2006. “We know exactly what we need to do come game time,” Kohli told the press after landing in South Africa.

Source:   Mint
January 03, 2018 12:11 UTC