For a month, a nation of 1.2 billion cricket crazy fans woke up at an ungodly hour, crawled out of the blanket's warmth and switched on their televisions hoping to watch India's favourite sons winning their first test series in Australia.
With captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his Indian team hurtling from one humiliation to another in Australia, most have stopped this self-flagellation.
Instead, they are wondering what happened to the bunch that promised to rule cricket much like West Indies and Australia have done in the past.
A myopic board, an indifferent captain and the transition crisis that both have been trying to run away from have largely led to the spectacular decline of the team.
In Image: India's Mahendra Dhoni, right, talks to India's coach Duncan Fletcher during a training session at the WACA in Perth, Australia on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.