India, Oct. 10 -- A massive defeat in the first Test leaves South Africa gasping for survival in this series. India's ruthless performance at Visakhapatnam suggests there will be no let up in intensity and aggression in the second match at Pune.

Some solace for the South Africans may be that the last time India lost a Test at home was on this very ground, in the 2016-17 season. Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe had then bowled Australia to an unexpected win.

India ultimately went on to win the bitterly fought series, but some questions about the frailty of the batting in home conditions had been raised. The stereotype of Indian batsmen being masters against spin had been challenged.

Mind you, this was not the only time India had been humb...