5 reasons why India's dominance in Tests will continue for a while
India have been dominant in home Tests for quite a while now. They were difficult to beat earlier too, but the current Indian side looks absolute gold.
Not just at home, India have shown signs of being competitive in away Tests as well. They have lost a few matches overseas recently, but they were mostly close encounters. And you suspect that the current team is an improvement over the teams that lost in England and South Africa last year.
It is likely that India will now start winning series abroad too, in addition to continuing their dominance at home. Here are five reasons why:
1. Solid top order
India's top order problems were evident on tours where they used to depend on mainly Virat Kohli to both arrest a collapse, and score runs. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane would chip in at times, but these batsmen would be exposed to the new ball very early.
With Mayank Agarwal's impressive stint in Australia, India looked to settle their problems at the top a little. And now in the series against South Africa, Rohit Sharma's application has been amazing to watch.
Both openers have been cautious. They've capitalized on their starts, and made it count every time they've got into the 30s. Their ability to put the edgy and nervy moments aside and focus on the next phase of the game has been absolutely spot on.
We saw in the Ashes how David Warner, a proven Test opener, struggled to get his mind past the edges and miscues. But Rohit and Agarwal have shown the temperament to put the misses behind, and go on to dominate when the bowlers are weary and the ball is softer.
Pujara had an ordinary stint in this series, but his temperament is unquestionable after his match-winning, lone-warrior performances in Australia. With these three forming the top order, India's prolific middle order can think of scoring runs right after they come to the crease.