Bangalore: There aren't too many teams in world cricket who would start as favourites against a side that smoked them 4-0, a year after that event. There are fewer still who would do so after having lost a subsequent away series by a similar margin, and then seen two of their greatest batsmen embrace retirement.
All because the venue of the contest had changed. But that is the nature of playing at home or away, if you're part of the Indian cricket team.
That India won and England never seemed to have a realistic chance of even saving the game was not just expected, it was likely from the moment that Cheteshwar Pujara took root and then blossomed at the crease. And it didn't come as a surprise in spite of the events of the last 18 months, because of India's formidable home record.