The controversial 2007/08 Border-Gavaskar series was known as “Bollyline”.
This series will remembered as the “blunder down under” for Indian supporters, while Baggy Green supporters will recall strong memories from this series for years to come.
A 4-0 whitewash has turned the Baggy Greens team image around from a side that was viewed as one being burdened by administrative confusion and players of excellence being reduced to mediocrity.
Suddenly, a fresh coaching unit has been backed by an implemented Argus Review, which has been responsibly adhered to by a new selection panel, instrumental in the turnaround.
Importantly the players, led by new Skipper Michael Clarke, reduced the Indian team to nothing more than average and the collective attitude within the team has been refreshing.
A family member of mine who was at the Adelaide Oval Test said the atmosphere was so unbelievable compared to last year, especially on Australia day.
Many onlookers have asked “how could India lose 4-0 to an average side?”
The answer is simple. Australia have become a stronger team, India have become average as a Test side.
Their selectors face a very daunting task as to how they will either gradually filter out veteran players to make way for younger talent, or maybe they have to persevere with them given the very intense image change the culture of the Indian team will see under a new look unit.
The loss of Gary Kirsten looks like it took a big part out of the team’s spirit.