Stuart Broad toasted a "fantastic toss to lose" after he authored India's demise on day one of the fourth Investec Test.
Touring skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni ignored warning signs in the shape of morning drizzle and dank grey clouds at Emirates Old Trafford and opted to bat first.
Broad and James Anderson duly worked wonders with the new ball, reducing India to eight for four in a riotous opening burst and finishing the job for 152 after Dhoni counter-punched with 71.
Broad took the last four wickets in a single spell to return six for 25.
England moved to 113 for three by stumps, a handsome position heading into day two, but Broad conceded skipper Alastair Cook was fortunate at the toss.
"To be honest, when we lost the toss I was a bit disappointed because I thought it was a big one to win," he said.
"We got lucky with the overheads, it became quite cloudy and it felt quite heavy.
"At the end of the day it turned out to be a fantastic toss to lose because we would have batted as well."
"We got lucky with the overheads but not with the skill we produced," he said.
"That first hour was as good for bowling conditions as you get and it felt like every ball we could get a wicket."