Cook shocked by England collapse
Alastair Cook's England left their captain in a state of near disbelief after they lost all 10 wickets for 47 runs in the fifth one-day international as India completed a series whitewash.
England seemed to have given themselves a chance to salvage some belated pride as Cook (60) and his fellow opener Craig Kieswetter (63) raced to 129 for none in little more than 20 overs in reply to 271 for eight. Yet within an hour, the game was up - 13 overs early - England recording a fifth successive defeat, and fourth by a landslide margin.
As Cook reflected on the latest chastening experience of a hapless tour, his first as England's permanent one-day international captain, he struggled to make sense of it all. He said: "It's a bit of a shock, that.
"We were in control. We know you can lose 'clusters' in the sub-Continent, but we didn't think you could lose all 10."
England were, in fact, simply revisiting - in some style - the failings which have haunted them at each venue over the last 11 days. Ravindra Jadeja (4-33) and R Ashwin (3-28) took most advantage of their problems against spin, in difficult conditions.
"We haven't batted well enough on this tour, and that really just caps it off," added Cook. "We bowled really well. We know how hard it is against MS Dhoni, and credit to him again for getting them to probably a slightly above-par total.
"But I thought the way Steven Finn bowled especially was outstanding again, as he has been on this tour. Then at 130 for nought, their total almost looked quite a long way short. But our batting hasn't been good enough, and that's why we've lost these games."
Cook's opposite number Dhoni has held the upper hand throughout, and after an unbeaten 75 - a crucial innings to help his team to a defendable target - he has made 340 runs since England last dismissed him six innings ago.
He said: "If I say something on that I may be considered rude, but if you look at the tours when they have come to India - especially in ODIs - I think the stats read 16 to one.
"It is important they come over here with the right mind-set. When it comes to the talent in the side, I feel they are very talented. I think they need to click more as a batting unit when it comes to India. They have a very good unit who can play well together, but they just have not done it in India."