If Indian fans thought nothing could be worse than the 4-0 Test series rout they suffered in England in 2011, they were in for a surprise on Sunday as the MS Dhoni-led side sank to a new low.
There is need for accountability and the buck stops with the captain and coach. There was nothing wrong with the pitch, and in the same conditions, England scored 486. Trailing by 338 runs on the first innings, it was a procession with the innings lasting just 29.2 overs.
More than the margin of defeat, the manner of capitulation stood out, having thrown in the towel on the opening morning.
Since the third Test in Southampton, the slide has been dramatic. In the last four innings, the totals have been 152 and 161 (Old Trafford) and 148 and 94 in London.
In the first innings too, India were 90 for nine before Dhoni scored 82. This time, the skipper fell for a duck.
India compounded their misery with silly run-outs, poor slip catching and positioning and 'taking wickets' off no-balls. With the top order blown away time and again, the problems for India mounted as the series entered the second half.At The Oval, the openers were gone before the score was nine, lynchpin Cheteshwar Pujara was out with the total at 30. The innings lasted a total of two hours and 23 minutes as eight wickets fell for 85 runs between lunch and tea.
It was a dramatic turnaround. The last time in London, England had looked down and out after the defeat at Lord's. On Saturday, they slaughtered India as they would a club side.
The worst feeling was sitting in the skipper's post-match press conference, as one knew nothing was going to come out of it - no post-mortem or analysis. As far as Tests are concerned, there's little hope for Indian cricket in this way.
Commentary, India 2nd Innings