With the India-Australia encounter on the cards and with some calling it the 'Aagnipath' series, sports analysts worldwide are going gaga about the possible outcome. Promos of Sourav Ganguly and Steve Waugh talking about the intensity of the always-hard-fought contest between the two teams have begun. I, however, have this numbness considering the two main protagonists of this clash - Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds - will be missed badly.
Experts all over are of the opinion that this India-Australia series won't pull the same magic that we have enjoyed in the past. Obviously as the celebrated foes are no more present! But, it also brings the question to the fore - whether the new generation of Indian players in Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav can re-ignite the rivalry with an almost equally new breed of Australian young-guns - James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and David Warner.
The players from both the sides have backed the cricketing rivalry between the two nations with pure performance. Though we see volley of abuses, on-field skirmishes, an eye-for-an-eye attitude between batsmen and bowlers - the most important aspect though continues to be the ability of players on both the sides to come out of their skins to perform notches above the cricketing strata to which they belong. The teams rise up as natural consequents and this becomes the crux of an India-Australia contest.