'Poor travelers.' 'Chokers in the finals.' 'Only our batsmen win us matches.' And so on.
But the biggest one we faced was that we could not play on green and bouncy pitches. They said it so many times, that it almost became like an unbreakable rule.
Durban looks like changing things a lot. We won by a whopping 87 runs in a low-scoring affair.
India vs South Africa | Ashes
We were consistent across all four innings and everyone stepped up: The pace attack, the lone spinner and all the batsmen.
In the first innings, the top 8 batsmen reached double figures and in the second innings, VVS Laxman scored a towering 96 in a match that produced no other half-centuries.
Text: Sunil Rajguru (The author is a Bangalore-based journalist and blogger)
In Image: India's Zaheer Khan, left, celebrates with teammate bowler Ishant Sharma, right, after taking the last wicket of South Africa's batsman Lonwabo Tsotsobe, unseen, for a duck on the fourth day of the second test match at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban