India will need to focus on rebuilding
India needs to examine the evidence provided by the heavy defeats in England and respond accordingly. Pretending it was a bad patch or a cursed tour will merely prolong the agony. Moreover, the scale of the loss does not allow any room for complacency.
It is over. India's steady rise in the last 15 years or so reached its highest point in 2011 as the team attained top position in the Test rankings and won the World Cup.
And then the side fell away so rapidly that it will be hard pressed to retain its position in the top-4 needed to qualify for the inaugural Test championship in 2013.
India could even lose in Australia this winter, though its host is enduring complications of its own.
India has an old batting order, an unreliable pace attack, a spinner lacking bite, poor fielding and abject running between wickets.
It is hardly a recipe for success.
Clearly the time has come to forget about deeds and debts and champions and crowd pleasers and sentiment and to focus on rebuilding. However, it's all very well advocating change.
Naming names is another matter. Half the current team has faltered and ought to be replaced. In some cases the newcomers could join the squad, others are required right away