India beat Australia convincingly. It is always good to see the arrogant men from down under, defeated. The media went into a frenzy calling the home team the 'top-dog.'
This simply defies logic as the top teams have always been dominant for a considerable period of time, like the Windies of the 70's and 80's or the Aussies there after.
As an ardent Indian fan, I'm glad they have started performing consistently, a trend which started when Ganguly lead from the front.
The present skipper who seems to be blessed with a golden touch, and more importantly a cool head is sure to take us to the summit. But, as the media wants us to believe, it still is a long way ahead.
The Aussies got back home and thrashed the Kiwis to show they were in no mood to surrender their hard earned status. The real test would be in the two three-test double headers, home and away, against the Proteas.
For the first time in 17 years they don't have to worry about their nemesis Shane Warne any more. The batting wears a settled look in Smith, Mc Kenzie, Amla,Kallis, Prince, De Villiers and Boucher.
Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini pose a threat as big as the Indian pacies and if Morne Morkel and Monde Zondeki (and Kallis) also join the party, it would be really tough going for the Aussies.
There is also Harris and Peterson as the spinning options. Except for Michael Clarke, none of the batsmen have been consistent. The bowlers will be tested by another outfit as formidable as the Indians. It would be nice to see Smith and Co. come out thumbs up this time.
But never under estimate the Aussies. A right royal battle in store for sure...