After the high of thrashing India on their home soil, England were brought back to reality after the Indians dominated the visitors to win the first ODI in Hyderabad by 126 runs.
And England skipper Alastair Cook reluctantly accepted that his side were thoroughly outplayed by the Indians.
"It was an important toss to win. We saw at the end that the ball kept low. But credit to India. They outplayed us in all departments today," Cook said after the match.
"We're going to learn from this, and that's the beauty of a five-match series."
India's newest spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin (3/35) and Ravindra Jadeja sizzled in the slow conditions, sharing six wickets between them and Cook said tackling the tweakers will be a challenge for his batsmen in the series.
"We know that (playing spin) is an issue, and that's a skill thing. We're going to work hard on that in the next couple of days," he said.