Kolkata: In the end, what was amazing was not how easily England won, but how close India might have come to winning had their batsmen given their bowlers a decent target to bowl at. England, needing just 41, took the thorny path to victory which came within the hour and by seven wickets on the final morning of the third Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday (December 9).
Alastair Cook, run out for the first time in the first innings was stumped for only the second time in the second as the spinners rendered less foolish with every wicket the question on India's lips in the morning: "What is the least number of runs India need to make to get the visitors to panic?"
Virender Sehwag had laid out the strategy at the end of the fourth day: "God can help." But there were no floods, or earthquakes; nor did Eden Gardens suddenly disappear from the face of the earth. The inevitable came to pass, with only Ravi Ashwin continuing to show the spine so lacking in his team-mates. He was unlucky to miss the century he so richly deserved, finishing unbeaten on 91, refusing singles when the field was spread out and hitting boundaries, two of them, when the field came in.