Captain Dhoni, who had demanded a turning track, was sheepish after the defeat, admitting he was disappointed with his tweakers.
Instead, England's Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann made the Indian batsmen, supposedly experts at playing spin, dance to his tune. On the other hand, Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook proved their class with hundreds on a track that where the Indians faltered.
"Definitely outplayed. Monty bowled really well. All get turn but the pace he bowled at made sure that the batsmen were on the front foot. To some extent, yes I am disappointed with our spinners. We let England bat on the back foot. We could have brought them forward," a disappointed Dhoni said.
Dhoni had lambasted the pitch in Ahmedabad and today said his bowlers could not get a hold here. "All of a sudden they have to change their plan. Ahmedabad was completely different and it was a change of conditions," he said.
Dhoni said the next two Tests, starting with the game in Kolkata on December 5, would be a test of character for his team. "When two best sides are playing, series are close. It will be a test of character in the two coming games," he said.
Dhoni's rival number Alastair Cook said he has all but forgotten the disappointment of losing the toss. "Without a doubt, it is a great win. I can't fault the effort of the lads. I could have called heads and obviously it was an important toss. The way we bowled on that first day it was fantastic," said Cook.