In our latest series of podcasts covering the India-England Test series, John Pennington (in England) and Chetan Narula (in Mumbai) reflect on England's 10-wicket win in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium.
Indian quick bowler Umesh Yadav has been ruled out of the third Test against England, which begins on 5th December at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Yadav also missed the second Test and India have retained Ashok Dinda in an otherwise unchanged squad for the third game.
Think Test cricket in the sub-continent and the word 'spin' comes to mind. There are not many teams in history that have won in India, and even less have done so without the aid of spinners.
Australia did that in 2004-05, a depleted Indian team going down on a green track at Nagpur and surrendering the series. South Africa have had the odd victory, at Ahmedabad when Dale Steyn let it rip on their last tour here in 2009-10.
England head into the 3rd Test with a 3/1 chance of causing another upset according to Ladbrokes.
After completing a comprehensive 10 wicket win England are now chalked up at 11/4 to take the next Test and have given themselves some hope in the series betting at 7/2.
England romped to a fantastic 10-wicket win against India in the second Test at Mumbai, one that is perhaps comparable to their best ever victories.
On the fourth day, they needed only the first session to wrap up the second Indian innings and knock over the paltry target of 57 without breaking a sweat, levelling the four-match series at 1-1.
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news from as we look back on the opening day of the second Test between India and England, where the sight of Cheteshwar Pujara batting was again the star attraction.
Having scored 206 not out and 41 not out in the opening match, he made it more than 14 hours without being dismissed by scoring another century, and a high quality one at that to bat India out of danger and into a strong position.
Preparation has been a much abused word during this England tour of India. During each of the five days of the first Test at Ahmedabad, the visitors talked about how they have prepped up for the subcontinent - how they had done everything they possibly could, in terms of practice and resources available, and that it was only a matter of time before their plans came good.
In the latest in our series of podcasts during England's tour of India, John Pennington and Chetan Narula discuss the opening Test win for India in Ahmedabad and then look ahead to the second Test in Mumbai.
There are two ways to look at Alastair Cook's batting. One, in this era of slam-bang cricket, it is enough to forcefully convert any Test doubters into ready T20 fans. Such is the non-glorified manner of his run-scoring; and two, for any five-day aficionados still remaining, it is a super-effective manner of scoring runs, irrespective of conditions.
It is the second point which describes Cook's existence at the head of England's batting order, more so after the departure of Andrew Strauss.
England's options ahead of the second Test against India which begins in Mumbai on Friday (23rd November) have been further limited by Steven Finn's latest thigh injury.
He suffered an injury in the opening match of the tour against India 'A' and has now picked up another injury, which leaves England short of alternatives on the quick bowling front.
England's brave fightback eventually came to nothing in Ahmedabad as India reasserted their dominance of the opening Test by completing a nine-wicket win on the final day.
Following on, England managed to post 406 in their second innings and however creditworthy that was, it left India the simple task of knocking off 77 to win, which they achieved for the loss of Virender Sehwag's wicket.
Virender Sehwag isn't an easy man to impress. He didn't have much praise for the Motera pitch at the end of the first day. "The bounce isn't good and it will be hard to score runs as the game progresses," he said, putting his century in perspective as if there was a need to do so. This despite a first Test century in two years, so one can safely assume as much for the rest of the players too, all barring two.
When asked about the recently re-laid pitch at Ahmedabad, both Graeme Swann and Cheteshwar Pujara had no qualms about it.
India stormed into an assuming position at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on day two of the first Test against England, after piling up the runs and then strangling the visitors' top order.
After declaring their first innings on 521 for eight, in which Cheteswhar Pujara was unbeaten on 206, they snared three English wickets to leave the tourists tottering at 41 for three.
While it could have been a lot worse for the tourists had Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli not fallen cheaply, it could and should have been a lot better. Dropped catches allowed Virender Sehwag and Kohli extra opportunities and while Kohli couldn't take advantage, Sehwag certainly did. Gautam Gambhir might have been stumped and Cheteshwar Pujara could have been caught by James Anderson but for a misjudgment.
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news as we look ahead to the opening Test between India and England which begins on 15th November in Ahmedabad.
This could be the final time that Sachin Tendulkar dons the whites - he has said that during this series he will make a decision on his future. However, there is plenty more to look forward to as two of the best teams in the world clash in the first of four Tests.
England head in to their first Test against India completely friendless with punters according to Ladbrokes, who have released their latest cricket betting odds for the series.
India are strongly fancied to get off to a flier at 8/11 with England left untouched as the 4/1 underdogs, even with the inclusion of Kevin Pietersen. And it's not looking too promising either for Andy Flower's side in the outright betting with India looking home and dry as the odds-on favourites at 8/15.
During India's four-Test series with England, Cricket World will be producing a series of special features as the two fierce rivals - and former top-ranked sides - clash in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata and Nagpur.
First, here are a series of four podcasts with Chetan and JP looking ahead to the series - focusing on India's squad selection, team line-up, tactics, the return of Kevin Pietersen and England's problems playing spin.
4-0. This was the score line when India last engaged England in battle for Test supremacy, and in many ways, it made for a poignant marker in cricket history.
It was the beginning of the end of the great Indian middle order, one hastened by another body blow shortly afterwards in Australia. With eight return Tests, this time in the sub-continent, most people will tell you this winter for team India is all about revenge. Truth be told, a lot more is at stake.
England have confirmed that fast bowler Steven Finn will miss the opening Test against India due to the thigh injury he picked up in the opening match of the tour.
Meanwhile, India have called up Ashok Dinda to cover for Ishant Sharma, who is doubtful with a viral illness for the match which begins in Ahmedabad on 15th November.
England didn't put too much effort into trying to force a win on the final day of their warm-up match, and shook hands with the Haryana players with 10 overs still to be bowled despite needing only four more wickets to win.
They had earlier declined to declare until having passed 250 in their second innings, leaving Haryana an impossible 442 to win from around two sessions.