The India-New Zealand Test series promises to be a closely fought one. India will be mindful of the fact that the Kiwi spinners out-bowled them in the T20 World Cup and so they will not be complacent.
Both teams are led by two of the most exciting batsmen in world cricket and their personal duel will be equally interesting.
In a team sport there is always a battle within a battle and while both Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson may not acknowledge it, they know that their team's fortunes depend to a great extent on how well they themselves bat.
Williamson will remember his debut fondly. It was in that game that he sent notice to the cricketing world that a huge talent has arrived on the scene. He has gone on from there to bat superbly in all conditions against all kinds of bowling and all types of pitches. His is the wicket India will want for they know they may have just opened the door.
New Zealand have also the experienced Ross Taylor who has had a magnificent last year in all forms of the game and there is also Martin Guptill and Tom Latham, who form a good left and right opening combo.
What will the Indian batting line-up be like? With the Kiwi attack being seam-based, India will want a sound pair of openers. Once again the right and left-handed combo is preferable but Shikhar Dhawan is the fall guy even if he has got runs and then fails in a couple of innings.
Cheteshwar Pujara's form in the recently concluded Duleep Trophy means he makes a strong case for inclusion. Maybe Rohit Sharma will have to wait a bit for his opportunity if India go in with their oft declared intent of five bowlers. They could go with R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami or Umesh Yadav to open the bowling.
The break will have done the players a lot of good and they should be refreshed for the Kiwis. It is going to be a long season that will be challenging mentally as well as physically and we will know by the end of it who the men are and who the pretenders?