There could be no wild Friday night celebrations for England in the dry state of Gujarat after the nine-run victory over India in the first ODI, although the Saurashtra Cricket Association did lay on a spectacular display of fireworks and lights to mark the first international at this spacious new stadium.
But this was a hugely satisfying win that Alastair Cook believes could prove equally significant.
The captain and the majority of this team had endured England's second consecutive 5-0 whitewash in India in late 2011, and Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen were the only survivors of their last win in India, in Jamshedpur seven years ago, which came in a dead game when they were 4-0 down in the series.
They will now head south for Tuesday's game in Kochi, with fresh conviction that they could achieve what no England team has managed since the winter of 1984-85, a one-day series win in India.
"The calmness we showed was brilliant," said Cook, struggling to make himself heard over the fireworks. "If you compare that to what we were doing in 2011, there was a big difference. It was important to get a win early doors for the main reason that it gives the lads a bit of confidence.
"It is pretty much the same squad we had out here last time when we lost 5-0 so to get an early win proves to themselves that they can play in these conditions. We know it is hard, we know it is tough and different, but the way we fought was impressive and we'll have to do that again in the next game. We can always get better, but holding your nerve in this environment is key.
He praised the off-spinners James Tredwell and Joe Root as a pair for "taking the sting out of their batting", even though Root ended wicketless while Tredwell claimed four for 44, his best in 10 ODI appearances over the past three years.
"They kept coming at us but at the crucial times we got the wickets," Cook said. "Tredwell was exceptional to get four wickets."
Tredwell remained as phlegmatic as ever when asked about his misfortune in coinciding with the most successful off-spinner in England's history, Graeme Swann. "The way I look at it is I have to keep improving, putting performances in when I do get the chance and show what I can do in training," said the 30-year-old from Kent, who also played a key part in 50-over wins against Australia and South Africa last summer. "Hopefully I can get a few games along the way."
For India's captain, MS Dhoni, a third defeat in four home ODIs was especially badly timed following the suggestion of his former team-mate Rahul Dravid that he should return to the ranks in limited-overs cricket to prolong his career in all forms of the game. A British reporter asked whether he now felt under greater pressure. "Not really," he said with a smile.
But was there symbolism in the fact that the lights in the media centre immediately went out for the start of the laser show, leaving Dhoni to stumble back to the staircase with the local bodyguards assigned to keep the awestruck public at a safe distance?
Fireworks for Cook, and a blackout for Dhoni. Perhaps the balance of power really is changing between these teams.
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