Andy Flower feels England can take confidence from their performances this summer when they go to the sub-continent next month.
The selectors will meet on Monday to finalise their squad for the one-day series against India.
Team director Flower said: "When you know you can beat someone and they know it as well, it helps.
"There's nothing mysterious out there but we'll have to bat well against spin and deal with reverse swing."
England beat Sri Lanka and India in Test and one-day series this summer, with the only blot being a Twenty20 thrashing by Sri Lanka and Sunday's disappointing loss to the West Indies as that T20 series ended 1-1.
Reflecting on the England players' recent home performances, he added: "They can look back on this summer with a lot of pride. India will be a really good challenge.
"It's nice to see the youngsters grab their chances, the second West Indies game excepted. We've exposed a number of our players to leadership opportunities and they've responded really well."
Talking about the selection meeting, Flower said: "We want to get a mix of youth and experience. Some people will be more adept at playing spin than others and that might give them the edge for selection."