MS Dhoni's wretched luck with the toss has followed him to South Africa as well.
On Thursday, he made another wrong call and lost the toss that he himself said would give the team winning it a 60: 40 advantage in the match. Although India has not lost a Test series under him, the skipper quickly needs to turn around his miserable record with toss.
As Graeme Smith walked to the middle for the toss, he looked around for Dhoni, who was still in the dressing room.
As Smith stood there waiting for Dhoni, it reminded one of the controversial 2001 Australia tour of India when Sourav Ganguly made rival skipper Steve Waugh wait for the toss, stirring a controversy.
The wait for Smith, however, wasn't long enough to make one read too much into it.
Fast bowler Zaheer Khan sat out as expected, making way for the 19-year-old Jaydev Unadkat to make his Test
The left-arm seamer, preferred over Umesh Yadav, has just a few first class matches under his belt, and will need to show lot of courage and character to bowl to the South Africans.