The message in the denouement at Melbourne and Sydney has been loud and clear. The portents are grim. The No. 2 ranking, after enjoying numero uno status, in Tests is on the line and fans are jittery.
Is this going to be another heartbreak? Is the tour of Australia going to be another shame? Is an Ozwash in the offing after the 4-0 Pomwash (interrupted though by a facile win over West Indies at home)?
Is this going to be the series that will mark the start of the end of the road for three Indian legends - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman?