Captain Kohli delights in ‘perfect finish’


With India winning the first Test against the West Indies inside four days, and winning by more than an innings, skipper Virat Kohli hailed it as the 'perfect finish' to a Test.

He was pleased with the way his side only had to bat once, scoring a double ton himself, and then the pacemen took eight wickets in the first innings, and the spinners did the same in the second. Ravi Ashwin took seven of those eight.

Kohli said of the win: "If you look at it logically, that's probably the perfect finish, which every team looks for. The seamers usually dominate the first innings when you play away from home.
"The wicket tires out on day four and five. That's when the spinners come into play. In the first innings, spinners are taking couple of the breakthrough wickets.

"In the second innings, fast bowlers are doing this for you and then the spinners will open it up again. I think it was wonderful partnership bowling by all our bowlers in the two innings. And the batsmen as well.

"We have spoken about one thing, that we have the skill and ability to declare innings more often than not rather than struggling to get to 350 with our lower order. So that's the kind of mindset we need to play with.

"You know when you start off with five batsmen, obviously you need to take more responsibility. I think they are all good enough to do that.

"As I've said before, we are not at a stage now where we need to come and improve. We should be ready enough in international cricket to start dominating Test matches and win those crucial situations and sessions. That's how we become a better team.

"If you think we are going to keep learning every series, learning every game, we will never get that hunger and that mindset to win games from difficult situations.

"We need to challenge ourselves a little bit, which this team has been willing to do and which is a wonderful sign. The way we finished the Test, it all panned out pretty nicely."

The second Test starts in Jamaica on 30 July.