India keep winning - but the crowds stay away
The one-day international series may be well and truly over as a contest, but we still have the garden of Eden to tempt us.
It will be the first international match England will have played at India's most famous ground since 2002 after the scheduled World Cup game earlier this year had to be moved because redevelopment work was not finished in time.
Despite the travails of the tour, many of England's players have expressed their excitement at playing at a ground which is sometimes described as cricket's answer to the Coliseum.
The gardens of Eden can be a dangerous place for a man called Adam, but I must admit I am really excited to be visiting the stadium for the first time.
I have always been fascinated with stories of famous matches played in front of raucous crowds as cricketers made their pilgrimage to Kolkata's cricketing centre.
Despite India's success, the crowds have stayed away from the series against England
Tales of Douglas Jardine leading England to a series victory in 1934, games where the passion of the crowd spilled over such as the riots which disrupted matches against the West Indies and Australia in the 1960s or the World Cup semi-final in 1996.
Then there is the game recently voted on Test Match Special as the best Test match of all time when Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman led India to an amazing Test win over Australia in 2001.
It is always the size of the Kolkata crowd that has seemed the most remarkable part of these stories. You hear figures of 130,000-plus people crammed into the ground on some occasions giving their Indian heroes vigorous support.
I asked India legend and TMS commentator Sunil Gavaskar what it is like to play at a packed Eden Gardens. "Scary," he told me, "even for the home side."
But will it be packed when England play in the fifth ODI on Tuesday or the Twenty20 international on Saturday?
So far, the attendance figures at the first four matches have been really disappointing. I cannot remember seeing a single empty seat on my previous visits to India when the home team have played a one-day international, but on Sunday the Wankhede Stadium was less than half full, even though it was India's first match at the ground since winning the World Cup final in April.
It has been a similar story in Hyderabad, Delhi and Mohali with many tickets left unsold.
So what is keeping the crowds away?
There have been plenty of theories offered by some of the Indians I have met in my three weeks here.
The absence of India's "galacticos" must be a factor with the likes of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and especially Sachin Tendulkar missing through injury.
The nature of India's defeat in England must have put off some looking to buy tickets in advance whilst conversely the one-sided nature of this series may have put off some hoping for a contest.
But as I arrived at the ground on Sunday morning I had a chat with Mumbai Cricket Association managing commitee member Vinod Deshpande, who had no doubt what was stopping people coming to the games.
"It is simple," Deshpande told me. "There is just too much cricket."
That argument seems pretty strong when you look at the schedule of India's players over the past few months. February to April had the World Cup with the emotional victory for Mahendra Dhoni and his team.
The Indian Premier League followed, just a handful of days after the World Cup was lifted, with the little matter of 74 matches before India headed to England for the ill-fated Test and ODI series.
India then hosted the Champions League which finished just days before this ODI series got under way. And that is not the end of it! India are about to welcome West Indies for Tests and ODI's before touring Australia.
The Mumbai official told me that there is a danger of the Indian sporting public turning its back on the game. "People want something new," he told me.
In the Times of India newspaper this morning there was a full page advert with the headline "One Nation. One Soul. One Indian Team."
But this had nothing to do with Dhoni and his side. The team in question was the Force India Formula 1 team.
Throughout the tour we have seen Formula 1 cars on display in shopping centres and airports with excitement growing ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix taking place in Delhi at the weekend.
I don't think anyone is suggesting that Formula 1 is suddenly going to replace cricket as the most popular sport in India, but there is a sense that the cricketing authorities can't afford to be complacent.
Already there have been complaints that ticket prices have been too high during the India-England series, with not enough reasonably priced tickets available to buy.
One Indian fan, Yugam Sharma, tweeted me: "They have priced out the average fan. I went to get the tickets on Thursday, but the cheapest (1000 rupees) were sold out in two hours."
It's not just this series which has seen disappointing crowds in recent weeks.
The Champions League final in Chennai featured two Indian sides and yet despite the television commentators constantly going on about the amazing attendance, there were whole stands empty.
There is no real evidence that Indian passion for the game is diminishing. When I visited the famous Maidan playing fields in Mumbai, cricket was still far and away the most popular game among the thousands gathered.
There were a few small football matches breaking out on the edge of the fields and you do see plenty of replica Chelsea or Manchester United shirts.
But despite such examples you sense it is still cricket which, if properly handled, should remain the dominant force in Indian sport.
Although if the lesson from the Garden of Eden was not to eat the forbidden fruit, perhaps the lesson for those running Indian cricket is not to kill the goose which has laid the golden egg.