Eoin Morgan rejected the suggestion that 350 should have been a winning score after England surrendered a commanding total to lose the one-day international opener against India on Sunday.
Half-centuries from Joe Root (78), Jason Roy (73) and Ben Stokes (62) had appeared to put the tourists firmly in charge in Pune.
But India captain Virat Kohli (122) and Kedar Jadhav (120) had other ideas, dispatching England's attack to all parts of the tight Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, the hosts emerging with a dramatic three-wicket triumph to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Asked if his team's total should have represented a guarantee of victory, a testy Morgan, speaking during the post-match presentation, retorted: "Well it's clearly not. You're never out of the game, regardless of what situation you're in.
"We've played in games before where we've chased down 350 so we know exactly what it feels like to be on the other end of the stick now. We didn't play at our best. We thought we were in the game for most of it, so all's not lost.
"We did have the runs. That's part and parcel of the reason why we wanted to bowl first, to actually see what a good score was. You come to a small ground, conditions are pretty tough for the bowlers.
"You post 350, you think you are in the game, especially after taking four early wickets. It is disappointing to take.
"We didn't manage to stop their partnerships, [especially] Virat and Jadhav. Credit to them, they played really well. They got themselves in and didn't give us any chances and managed to get them over the line."
Morgan also claimed to be unsurprised at the lack of assistance offered by the pitch to England's spinners.
"There was a lot of grass on the wicket here and in practice over the last couple of days it hasn't really turned that much," he said.
"In the [ICC Twenty20] World Cup last year the ball didn't necessarily turn a great deal. It wasn't a huge surprise."