North Sound (Antigua), July 25: Pleased with India's "perfect finsh" in the 1st Test against West Indies, captain Virat Kohli wants the team to start "dominating" Test matches rather focusing only on the learning process every series.
On Sunday (July 24), India thrashed West Indies by an innings and 92 runs for their biggest Test victory outside of Asia. Ravichandran Ashwin took 7 wickets as the home team folded up for 231 in the second innings on the 4th day. (Kohli aims to whitewash West Indies)
Reflecting on India's dominant performance in the opening game of the 4-Test rubber at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Kohli called it a "perfect finish".
"If you look at it logically, that's probably the perfect finish (bat only once), which every team looks for. The seamers usually dominate the first innings when you are playing 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 those couple of breakthrough wickets. In the second innings, fast bowlers are doing that for you and then the spinners open it for you again," the 27-year-old told reporters after the match.
He continued, "I think it was wonderful partnership bowling by all the bowlers in two innings. And the batsmen as well. We have spoken about one thing, that we should believe that we have enough 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 starting off with five batsmen in the series, obviously you need to take more responsibility. I think we are all good enough to do that. As I've said before, we are not at a stage now that this is a sort of area we need to come and improve our cricket. We should be ready enough in international cricket to start dominating Test matches and winning those crucial situations and sessions. That's how we become a better team."
Kohli, who struck his maiden Test double hundred (200), said they cannot go into every series thinking of only about the learning process.
"If you think that we want to keep learning every series, learning every game, then we will never get that hunger and that mindset to win games of cricket from difficult situations. We need to challenge ourselves a little bit, which this team has been willing to do, which is a wonderful sign. The way we finished the Test, obviously it all panned out nicely for us," he Delhi batsman said.
The second Test starts in Jamaica on July 30.