Patel keen to build on first win
Samit Patel knows from bitter experience how hard it is to beat India's one-day side on home soil, but after finally tasting success the all-rounder is desperate for more.
A nine-run victory in the first one-day international on Friday ended a sequence of 13 games without a win in India for the tourists, a run stretching back to 2006.
Visits in 2008 and 2011 both ended in ignominious fashion, with 5-0 whitewashes on each occasion.
Patel, uniquely among the current squad, played in every one of those defeats and would be forgiven for feeling the rush of victory a little more intensely than most in Rajkot.
The Nottinghamshire man played a decisive role too, leading a late charge as England batted first, with his boundary-strewn 44 not out in 20 balls seeing the side to an imposing 325 for four.
"To win the first ODI in Rajkot was fantastic. We knew the boys were ready but what a great win and what a great start," said Patel.
"I've been here for 10 ODIs before and lost all 10. It's just great to get a win here.
"Sometimes people don't realise how much of an effort it is to beat these guys over here.
"They're just good players in their own back yard. They play good one-day cricket all around the world but in India they dominate spinners and they dominate cricket in general.”
Repeating the success of Rajkot and helping England to only a second series win in India and their first since 1984-85 is an enticing prospect for Patel.
He says the England team are buoyed by their Test series victory and are eager to continue to build momentum.
"It’s kind of a snowball effect really. The Test series win was outstanding. It took a lot of courage, a lot of desire, a lot of hard work”, he said.
“It shows you how good this England team is right now and how much we’re learning from every trip we come out here.
"It is something good to be a part of and if we look to be positive and back our own ability then we have a good chance."