The enthusiasm surrounding India's tour of South Africa may have dwindled after the BCCI scissors ran on the schedule, but the series is by no means insignificant for Team India.
A foreign test will examine the team's transition phase that until its arrival in the Proteas' land was cushioned at home.
A full tour of 2 T20s, 7 ODIs and 3 Tests was reduced to a skimpy three-ODI series and a two-Test rubber unbecoming of a No. 1 vs No. 2 battle. But it should be enough to weigh an in-form Indian team, sans the 'Fab Four', under most testing conditions in world cricket.