Here are some statistics from an enthralling series.
The numbers that mattered
4: Number of Test series England have won in India. Alastair Cook joins David Gower (2-1 in 1984-85), Tony Greig (3-1 in 1976-77) and Douglas Jardine (2-0 in 1933-34) in leading England to victory there.
11: Wickets taken by Monty Panesar on his comeback Test at Mumbai. His 11-210 was the third best match figures at the Wankhede Stadium, behind Ian Botham (13-106), Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (12-181).
12: Wickets taken by James Anderson in the series - and the combined haul of India's seamers from 190.3 overs.
16: Ian Bell's century in Nagpur was his first in India, in his 16th innings. Though he struggled with the bat and missed a Test after the birth of his first child, a couple of not-outs lifted his series average to 43.
18.66: Series batting average for India legend Sachin Tendulkar, who averages 23.80 for the year 2012 compared to a career average of 54.32.
19: Number of players in England's touring squad at one time. Fifteen played, while Eoin Morgan, Graham Onions, James Tredwell and Stuart Meaker did not feature in the Tests.
20: Wickets taken by Graeme Swann and Pragyan Ojha, the joint leading wicket-takers in the series.
34.66: Batting average of opener Nick Compton after his first four Tests.
44: Number of maiden overs bowled by both Panesar and Swann apiece in the series. They combined for 25 in the final Test.
44: The number of innings Swann had batted since his last Test fifty in 2009, before his glorious 56 in Nagpur.
60.75: Batting average of Ravichandran Ashwin, who is in the India side for his bowling. He took 14 wickets at 52.64 in four Tests.
91: Wicketless overs bowled by England seamers Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan in four combined appearances, at a cost of 299 runs.
93: Test batting average of 21-year-old Joe Root after scoring 73 and 20 not out on his debut.
99: Nmber of Tests played by off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was dropped after the Mumbai Test and may struggle to play his 100th.
135: Samit Patel's bowling average for the series indicates he may have to earn future Test selection purely for his batting.
288: James Anderson, who ploughed a lone seam furrow for England for much of the series, is nine Test wickets away from equalling fourth-placed Derek Underwood in England's all-time bowlers' list, with Fred Trueman (307), Bob Willis (325) and eventually Ian Botham (383) in his sights.
438: Runs in the series by India's top scorer Cheteshwar Pujara, 185 higher than nearest rival Virender Sehwag.
528: Combined international wicket totals by Anderson (288 in Tests, 222 in ODIs and 18 in T20 internationals) and Botham (383 in Tests, 145 in ODIs), who now share the England record.
Captain Cook the record-breaker
5: Set a new world record with centuries in his first five Tests as captain.
23: Cook became the first England batsman to score 23 Test centuries when he reached three figures in Kolkata. Walter Hammond, Colin Cowdrey, Geoff Boycott and Kevin Pietersen have scored 22.
27: Became the youngest batsman to pass 7,000 Test runs at 27 years 347 days
49.42: Cook's Test average has been pushed close to 50 by this series.
61.85: His Test average in India is only surpassed by his averages in Bangladesh (114) and Australia (65.12).
190: Top score for the series by Cook at Kolkata, his third highest in Tests.
866: Cook is now England's highest Test run-scorer in India, surpassing Mike Gatting's 863.
*Statistics correct as of 17 December 2012