India were hoping to avenge their 4-0 loss to England in 2011, but ended up being outplayed again and there are serious questions for how they move on from here, with star names looking well past their peak.
Here are the individual player ratings for the series:
Gautam Gambhir: 6
Gambhir frequently failed to capitalise on the starts he gave himself with the bat, and was selfish at times in refusing the strike when batting with his lower order. He also helped England out with poor running that led to both Sehwag and Pujara being dismissed.
Virender Sehwag: 6
Sehwag peaked with a century in the first innings of the series, and spent much of the rest of the time as a millstone around India's neck. A duck in the final match capped off a series that was as memorable for his lazy, slipshod fielding as his batting.
Cheteshwar Pujara: 9
Pujara stood out as the real bright spark in this India batting line-up, picking up 438 runs at the highest average of any batsman in the series, with a high score of 206*. The main resistance to England's excellent attack, when he failed to score in the later matches there looked little India could do to hold back the tide.
Sachin Tendulkar: 5
It's painful to watch the little master struggle like this, with Tendulkar making only 112 runs in the series, 76 of which came in one innings. It looks like it's time to the great man to call it a day.
Virat Kohli: 6
Much was expected of Kohli going into the series, as he has had an incredible year with the bat in ODI's and seemed to have broken through at test level with a good series down under. Kohli is still integral to the future of this side, but only in the final match in Nagpur did he demonstrate his talent, and he needs to raise his game considerably as a leader in India's upcoming transitional period.
Yuvraj Singh: 5
Singh missed out on a century when caught trying to stick a Patel full toss into the crowd when on 74 in the first test in Ahmedabad, and never got going again. Dropped for the final match, he is another man who looks at the end of his test career.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c): 6
A poor series with the bat was improved by a 99 in Nagpur, but Dhoni could do nothing to turn his side's fortunes around in the face of England's comeback. Questions will be asked about his place in the future of this side, but he should remain to help oversee the departure of some of the greats.
Ravichandran Ashwin: 7
Whilst ineffectual with the ball in his hand, Ashwin was a revelation with the bat, scoring 243 runs at an average of 60.75. What India do with him now is unknown, as his bowling isn't good enough to keep him in the team by itself, but his batting is certainly worth consideration.
Zaheer Khan: 5
Another great who looks past his best, Khan was shown up by Anderson as he failed to have an impact on the series. Four wickets at an average of 53.25 is simply not good enough in a home series.
Pragyan Ojha: 8
Ojha finished up level with Swann at the top of the wicket rankings, but other than in the first test, he never really got on top of the opposition batsman like the English spinners did. 20 wickets at 30.85 is a decent return, and Ojha was vital to winning the first test, but Dhoni would have wanted more form him in the final three matches.
Harbhajan Singh: 5
Singh was inadvisably brought in for one match in the series, and promptly demonstrated why he is no longer a threat at test level.
Ravindra Jadeja: 5
Jadeja was brought in for the final test of the series and did ok, taking three wickets at 39 on a poor pitch. The blame for the defeat cannot be laid at his feet.
Piyush Chawla: 5
As with Jadeja, the damage was done before Chawla entered the series. Chawla's 4/69 in the first innings at Nagpur briefly gave India hope, but he was poor in the second innings as Trott and Bell took command.
Ishant Sharma: 5
An impressive first innings spell in Nagpur was Sharma's only high point, and he looks well below the quality India will require to replace Khan.
Umesh Yadav: 6
Yadav looked the best of India's pace bowlers in the first test, and they were unlucky not have him available for the rest of the series. If he can stay injury free, he might become the leader their bowling attack requires.
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