With two games still to come in the preliminaries, Viswanathan Anand is sitting pretty on ten points in the 'A' group, two ahead of Michael Adams under the Soccer-like scoring system in place at the London Chess Classic.
The India-South Africa Test series begins December 18 and India will look to leave behind the ODI series loss and start afresh. India were beaten comprehensively in all departments by the Proteas and bouncing back for the Test series will not be easy. NDTV takes a look at the top five things that the hosts were better at during the ODIs.
Cheteshwar Pujara became the second fastest Indian to get to 1000 Test runs, during the course of his double hundred against Australia in March at Hyderabad, where he put on a 370-run record second-wicket partnership with Murali Vijay. The 25-year-old Pujara has 1310 runs in 15 Tests at an average of 65.50.
Iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who is a Rajya Sabha MP, was conferred with the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour on November 16, becoming the nation's first sportsperson to receive the prestigious award.
Swansea City knew that a point in would secure their qualification for the knockout stages from Group A but instead a second-half Marco Mathys goal allowed the already-eliminated hosts to bow out on a high.
Viswanathan Anand leads his group on seven points in three games under the soccer-like scoring system that gives three points for a win and one for a draw. The Indian ace is now followed by Michael Adams of England on five points after he was held to a draw by compatriot Luke McShane.
The Indian eves led their New Zealand counterparts for most part of the match and held out a strong challenge by the visitors in the second half, on course to a resounding win to win the Kabaddi World Cup.
This series is not the first Test trip to South Africa for either Cheteshwar Pujara or Murali Vijay. They had toured South Africa in 2010-11, but it was not a memory that would have lingered long to both of them. The duo could not do much back then, totalling 59 runs in five innings between them. Since then, however, they have come a long way.