Persistent overnight and early morning rain meant both the pitch and square were fully covered when play ought to have resumed.
The grey skies overhead were not encouraging for spectators wanting to watch cricket as they suggested that, even if the rain stopped, play would soon be cut short by bad light.
England, having won the toss, were 268 for four overnight with Kevin Pietersen 34 not out and nightwatchman Ryan Sidebottom nought not out.
Opener Andrew Strauss had made 96 and England captain Michael Vaughan 79 but India fought back late in Thursday's final session by taking two wickets for three runs in nine balls, including a first Test nought for Paul Collingwood.
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble was the most succesful bowler with two for 56 in 22 overs. Medium-pacer Sourav Ganguly had one for 24 in nine overs and left-arm quick Rudra Pratap Singh one for 54 in 15.3 overs.
This was the first of a three-Test series.