The noises coming from the Indian camp after their first bilateral series win in South Africa should be encouraging for their well-wishers. The message from Virat Kohli after sealing the 5-1 in Centurion was not just about a mission accomplished. It was also about the team being aware of what improvements it needed ahead of next year’s World Cup. The preparations will scale up in subsequent ODI assignments – in England and later next year in New Zealand – but unlike South Africa, who are speaking of a talent pool, India already have a proven core of players who will have a seat with their names on that flight to the World Cup. And that’s always a good place to start. it doesn’t take much to put two and two together. What did the series win in South Africa tell about India they didn’t already know? That Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal could turn the ball on the surface of water if they wanted to. If there were any doubts over how effective playing two of that ilk in conditions outside the subcontinent would be, the wrist spinners dispelled that fear in rather spectacular fashion with the two taking 17 and 16 respectively.