Batting records are made to be broken.
It doesn’t matter how much a team or batsman scores anymore. Rest assured, the record won’t last for too long. Even though the fielding restriction rules have become tighter to favor bowlers after the World Cup, the damage has been done. There were two double centuries in the World Cup – and none of them seemed magnificent or earth-shattering. That’s just how it is now; with the highest number of 400+ scores Down Under. Rohit Sharma’s 264 isn’t safe, and neither is Lara’s 400. And in ODIs, 400 is the new 300, and 300 is the new 150. RIP, bowlers.
South Africa is the antithesis of India.
While the South Africans have a long history of performing superbly in bilateral tournaments and test series, they continue to fall short – even with their best ODI team – in ICC tournaments. They crashed out to New Zealand in a heartbreaking semifinal – a stage they’ve reached too many times without playing the decider – a game and tournament they should have won. Instead, Australia, a team in transition, won it once more and cricket felt boring all over again. India, meanwhile, reached the same semifinal stage – this, despite being in their worst form prior to the tournament- with nobody giving them a hope in hell to go past their group stages. But they won 8 in a row before losing to Australia, and all in all, over-performed yet again in an ICC tournament. Last year, they reached the final of the T20 World Cup, too.