Morgan’s England could hardly be approaching three T20s and three one-day internationals in any better heart after their 6-0 whitewash of Australia across the limited-overs formats.
However, the captain knows from personal and collective experience that India present a far different test to the one mustered this summer by a depleted Australia.
Among those set to provide the hosts with plenty more to ponder is leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal – who took a career-best six for 25 as England suffered an alarming collapse of eight wickets for eight runs to lose by 75 the last time they ran into him.
Eight of the team likely to face Chahal again at Old Trafford on Tuesday were in the one bamboozled by him in the T20 at Bangalore last year.
Morgan acknowledges the examination ahead, but has faith that in-form England will adapt effectively.
He said: “When you play against sub-continent teams, it normally exposes sides like us and South Africa and Australia to spin, reverse swing – different challenges to that we are normally used to.
“But we are in the middle of our summer and we have played a lot of cricket. I hope we will be able to deal with it.”
“If you focus on one or two of them, say the spinners, it’s more than likely it’s the seamers who will actually go and get the wickets.
“They are a strong side and have other components to their game … it’s going to be a difficult challenge.”
England will be banking the feel-good momentum of their victories over Australia.
“I think you can use a lot of that, confidence and experience-wise. Having had a few days off and time to reflect on the series (against Australia), it’s something we can call upon – and might need to in either series, the Twenty20 or the ODIs, when our backs are against the wall.”
Fresh from two comprehensive victories over Ireland, Virat Kohli’s men turn their attention to the English summer with the limited-overs clashes to start off.
Plenty will be at stake when the two sides meet, with the bragging rights of being the best limited-overs team being one of them.
Here, we look at the three key battles in the T20 series.
BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR V JOS BUTTLER
With Jasprit Bumrah being ruled out of the T20 series after fracturing his thumb, the onus of leading India’s new ball attack rests on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s shoulders. The pacer has been a steady performer in all formats and it is him Kohli will look to to provide early breakthroughs.
It will not be an easy task though, with Jos Buttler in the form of his life at the moment. The wicketkeeper batsman’s record-equaling five consecutive half-centuries in the IPL was the catalyst for some exemplary performances with the bat for England in their recent clashes against Pakistan and Australia.
Buttler was recently promoted to open the innings for England in the format during the one-off T20 against the Aussies and he showed his prowess with a 22-ball fifty which is the fastest by an Englishman in the format.
KULDEEP YADAV V JASON ROY
The firepower in England’s top-order is probably second to none with Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy all in terrific touch at the moment. Make no mistake though, that they will be thoroughly tested by wrist-spin in the series.
Spin has been England’s Achilles heel for many years now and the fact that Australian leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson picked up two wickets in the sole T20 clash on debut will have Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal licking their lips in anticipation.
Both Indian spinners were in devastating form against Ireland where they picked up a combined 13 wickets between them in the two matches. Kuldeep, in particular, will be a big threat against England given the fact that it will be the first time he will be squaring up against them in an international match.
His battle with Roy, who has been known to struggle against spin, will be one to watch out for on Tuesday.
VIRAT KOHLI V ADIL RASHID
While India will look to impose their spinners on the English batsmen, they will also look to negate the threat posed by the hosts’ own slower bowlers. In their 6-0 whitewash across both formats against Australia, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali’s spin was a crucial weapon for the hosts.
The Aussies struggled against the duo in the six clashes but India’s batsmen will be a different proposition. Known to be excellent players of spin, the Indians, especially the skipper, will look to get on top of England’s spinners from the start.
Kohli, who is probably India’s best player of spin, will fancy himself against Rashid and Moeen. How this battle pans out will be crucial the gap between the teams is marginal.
Malan missed out on initial selection despite registering four half-centuries in his first five T20s for England but will come into the reckoning on Tuesday as Curran is still recovering from a side strain.
An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson confirmed Curran is expected to be fit for the second and third matches in the series, at Sophia Gardens on Friday and Bristol on Sunday respectively.
Altogether, Malan has played five T20 internationals, scoring 250 runs. The hosts will go into the series with plenty of confidence after thrashing Australia 5-0 in the ODI series as well as a T20 match.
After the T20 series, the teams will meet in three ODI matches before a five-match Test series.