Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says James Anderson was the difference between England and his India side.
England comfortably held on for the draw they needed in the fourth Test in Nagpur to win the series 2-1 and captain Alastair Cook was named man of the series for his batting heroics.
Dhoni though felt the Lancashire fast bowler - who took fewer wickets than spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar - was the key to England's success.
"They are a very well balanced side, the two spinners they have are very good," said.
"Anderson bowled really well throughout the series on wickets where there wasn't much help for the fast bowlers.
"That was really crucial. He tested the batsmen all the time and kept them guessing. I thought the major difference between the two sides was James Anderson."
Dhoni's team, and perhaps coach Duncan Fletcher, are sure to face a storm of criticism for their failure on home soil.
But the captain will not be getting things out of proportion.
"Sure, it has been tough," he said. "But there are not many things that come close to what we went through when we lost in the 2007 World Cup, I don't think it's even close to that.
"We are going through a tough time and a stage where we will have to see what really works for us.
"If you don't give youngsters chances, how do you know whether they are good enough or not?
"They won't all get big hundreds in the very first game they play. Some of the very best players did not start off really well; some even scored four or five zeros and then turned out to be very good Test players.
"It's difficult to replace Rahul Dravid or Sachin Tendulkar or VVS Laxman...you have to back young players and give them a chance to prove themselves.
"We have a few big players who have left us, which means the youngsters will have to fill in the gaps and the seniors will have to take extra responsibility until the juniors start making runs and taking wickets."