Its hard to accurately describe the value of this win in Johannesburg. A win abroad has been a rarity in Indian cricket. That hoodoo was broken a while ago in Ganguly's reign as India won at Adelaide, Headingley, Kandy, Multan, and Rawalpindi. We even managed to win at Kingston. But a win in South Africa somehow seemed even more elusive. After all, India had won at Adelaide, not the quickest of Australian wickets, against an attack that lacked both McGrath and Warne. Headingley, was, well, against England (the version that was playing in 2002). And Kingston, gee, that was only the West Indies. But this win against South Africa, while against a team that was definitely weaker than the Australian batting lineup at Adelaide, was stronger in the bowling on paper (Ntini, Nel and Pollock), and was achieved by a team that should have been in the doldrums, what with a disastrous one-day showing behind them, and the possible troublesome return of Sourav Ganguly.
Instead, India's batsmen, bowlers, and fielders all came to the party, and ensured a memorable win. The only thing missing in their win was a crowd as the Wanderers stayed disappointingly empty (just like Rawalpindi was on that final day when India wrapped up the series against Pakistan two years ago). But there was no mistaking the elation in the Indian team's celebrations - and those of their fans.