For the first time since the 1976/77 season, England have now won back-to-back Test matches in India and lead the four-match series 2-1 meaning a draw in Nagpur will hand them a first series win in India since 1985.
India bounced back from their loss to arch-rivals Pakistan to hand Nepal a huge 249-run defeat as the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup group stage heads towards a conclusion.
Elsewhere, Pakistan kept on winning, beating Bangladesh by 10 wickets, the West Indies beat South Africa and England beat Australia.
The thing about disasters is the element of surprise. It is often enough to raise the extent of damage. The difference that India's second consecutive Test defeat, to England at home, bears however is in the warning that has been sounded out for quite some time.
Even so, Eden Gardens now bears testimony to how Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team was shredded to bits. It reflects poorly, not only on the shoddy state of self-awareness in the powerful corridors of the BCCI as also on the many great victories and turnarounds that have been scripted at this glorious ground in the past.
India have added Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla and Parvinder Awana to their squad as they consider their options ahead of the fourth Test against England in Nagpur.
England lead the series 2-1 following back-to-back victories in Mumbai and Kolkata and amid plenty of calls for changes, the selectors have responded by leaving out Zaheer Khan as well as Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh.
For the first time since the 1976/77 tour, England beat India away from home for the second Test running as they wrapped up a seven-wicket victory in Kolkata on the final day.
India were finally bowled out for 247 in their second innings with Ravichandran Ashwin unbeaten on 91 and England closed on 41 for three to go 2-1 up in the series with one game remaining.
Pakistan claimed an eight-wicket win over arch-rivals India to qualify for the semi-finals of the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup in Bangalore.
Elsewhere, England beat Nepal by 10 wickets and Sri Lanka beat the West Indies by 28 runs.
India ended Sri Lanka's unbeaten start to the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup with an emphatic while elsewhere there were wins for Australia, England and West Indies.
India handed Sri Lanka a 168-run defeat as Prakash Reddy smashed 149 off just 54 balls while the victories for Australia and West Indies were over Nepal and Bangladesh respectively before England beat South Africa.
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news as we look ahead to the third and final Test between England and India in Kolkata.
The two sides clash at the iconic Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata with the series locked at 1-1. India, inspired by Cheteshwar Pujara and Virender Sehwag won the opening Test in Ahmedabad before England, driven on by Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Monty Panesar, levelled things at Mumbai.
In our latest series of podcasts covering the India-England Test series, John Pennington (in England) and Chetan Narula (in Kolkata) look ahead to the third Test between the two sides at the famous Eden Gardens ground.
England have done the impossible - almost. There aren't many in know-how of the game who gave them much of a chance against India. At best, they were expected to draw one Test out of four.
That was what the media and fans expected, and perhaps, what the Indian team did too. That the series heads to Kolkata pegged at 1-1 is as much a joyous wonder of Test cricket as it is a cause for much astonishment for the hosts.
Australia, India and Pakistan all made it two wins out of two at the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup on day two while Sri Lanka took their first win of the campaign.
Sri Lanka beat Nepal, who had opened their tournament strongly by beating Bangladesh. Australia beat the West Indies, hosts India proved too strong for England and Pakistan beat South Africa.
There were wins for host India as well as Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka on the opening day of the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup in Bangalore, India.
The home side - and many people's favourites - comfortably defeated Australia by 215 runs, scoring 341 for two before Australia closed on 126 for eight.
Hosts India will get the 2013 ICC Women's World Cup underway when they take on the West Indies in the tournament's opening game at the Wankhede Stadium on 31st January.
Five-time champions Australia play Pakistan on the same day, 2009 runners-up New Zealand take on South Africa one day later and reigning champions England get their defence underway against Sri Lanka on 2nd February.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named a squad of 30 probables for the ICC Women's World Cup 2013, which India will host.
The tournament gets underway on 31st January next year and the final will be held on 17th February where England will be defending the title they won in Australia in 2009.
Kent off-spinner James Tredwell has been added to England's squad ahead of the third Test against India in Kolkata as cover for Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar.
With both Swann and Panesar playing a key role in England's 10-wicket win in Mumbai, Tredwell will join up with the squad having been with the Performance Squad, which is also touring India.
Kevin Pietersen has earned a recall to England's One-Day International squad for their five-match series in India in January.
Stuart Meaker is the only uncapped member of the Twenty20 squad for two matches in December while James Anderson and Stuart Broad will share playing duties during the series of five ODIs.
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.