Media, Hardcore Indian cricket fans and former players all over the world might go gaga seeing dhoni's test team performance but its untested test team. True, they never lost any series in 2.5 years and team has improved to great extent from early 2000s with sachin taking more responsibility, Harbhajan showing flashes of brilliance on Indian subcontinent, zaheer perfecting art of reverse swing and to ramp up laxman producing special innings more often.
In last 2.5 years, India didn't travel to South Africa, Australia, England or even West Indies for tests. The last time India lost a test series was way back in Jan 2008 against Aus on their home turf with 2-1 scoreline. The current team heavily depends on sehwag heroics to starts off, sachin to hold the innings and laxman to finishes off. The wall(Dravid) started cracking over last years and is ready to fall.
To start with Number 1, virender sehwag is on dream run but his short comings against short ball can be exploited by morkel with his height and pace. Sehwag has never scored a century in SA after his debut ton and in fact was dropped from team after last SA tour. SA will be wary of najafgarh lad, because of current form.
Number 2, Gautam gambhir temperament to play in tests has been most impressive. His raise to top of test rankings(June 2009) does give evidence of his potential but off-late there is slump in his form.
Wondering, how to measure cooking time of rice? Don't worry the wall has given a great solution. Put the rice to boil at medium heat when dravid arrives at crease, turn the heat to low when he scores first run and it is to turn off when dravid departs. It is time to rise from being fallen, dravid should unleash or else he will be discarded for good(pujara).
Sachin and laxman are experienced lads who travelled RSA and enjoyed being on losing side for many years. This might be their last tour to RSA to redeem for previous outings. There might overburden because of falling of others and difficult to handle
Raina, Dhoni and Indian tail can't wag lot of runs or support top order, simply because steyn's pace and swing are too hot to handle on RSA surface.
The outcome of test series largely depends on two men, morkel and steyn. If they are fit, running hard and firing, then there are testing times for untested Number one team .