Durban:The greatest bane of Indian cricket during the past decade has been lack of consistency. Thanks to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys, they are trying to buck the trend.
May be that's the reason why the players were in no mood for wild celebrations as they realise that the series is still not over.
Although, there was customary celebrations in the dressing room as players were busy collecting souvenirs and memorabilias, the scene was quiet different when the team reached hotel.
The players were busy doing their own things and there was no party as such to celebrate the success.
"We have won a match and not the series. So we are not yet in full celebration mood. We understand that we have to play well in all important 3rd Test. The Proteas will come hard at us. We will definitely have fun during the year-end party but we have to get set for the battle in Cape Town," a senior member said.
"All of us were extremely disappointed the way we lost Centurion test. We could have done better. Coming to Durban we were determined to play well in the 2nd Test.
"Our plan was to be aggressive on the field. While batting, bowling and fielding as well. We showed that Indian team can play well on any wicket. Durban win is very special for our team," said beaming VVS Laxman.
Thursday was a day when the players were given off. Sachin Tendulkar along with Harbhajan Singh however left for Cape Town by a morning flight. Tendulkar will be celebrating the New Year with his family as wife Anjali and kids Sara and Arjun will join him. The other members will leave for Cape Town on Friday morning.
As it was on off-day, most of the other members of the squad got up late. A few players were seen trying their hand at the pool table while others were busy doing some shopping.
The Delhi trio of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma were seen cooling their heels at the picturesque North Beach in Durban.