'Learning phase over, time to start dominating' - Kohli

'Probably the perfect finish' - Kohli (3:19)

India captain Virat Kohli is pleased with his team's biggest overseas win ever but does point out a couple of areas of improvement as well going ahead in the series (3:19)

Bat once, bat big, bowl the opposition out twice, and achieve all of this inside four days. In the first innings, the fast bowlers take eight out of ten wickets. In the second, the spinners take eight out of ten. India were expected to win, and keep winning, when they arrived in the West Indies, but they may not have expected to start the series with a win that ticked off every box to make up the perfect Test-match template.

Virat Kohli, India's captain, couldn't have been more pleased with the manner in which his team went 1-0 up in the four-Test series. He said India's players had reached a stage where they could no longer be content with learning from every performance, but needed to start dominating Test matches regularly.

"If you look at it logically, that's probably the perfect finish, which every team looks for," he said. "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."

R Ashwin was the standout Indian bowler on the fourth day, finishing with figures of 7 for 83 as West Indies' second innings folded half an hour after tea. While Kohli hailed Ashwin's bowling, he said Amit Mishra had also played an important role at the other end.

"It was a very good effort from the bowlers [to spend two days on the field and bowl West Indies out twice]," he said. "The good thing was that we didn't bowl that much in the first innings, so everyone's mindset in the second innings was, yes, we can bowl again.

"[It] becomes crucial to have bowlers who can get you those one or two wickets at the end. Their role becomes big. If you end up bowling 15-20 extra overs [in the first innings], this doubt comes into your mind whether you can start [bowling again] or not.

"I think [the first innings] ended at a perfect time for us last evening, and then we got 13-14 overs and got a wicket again, so it was good to get some rest in the evening, and the bowlers' attitude was very good, all of them voluntarily said, yes, we'll bowl, and the spinners took the responsibility.

"They knew the fast bowlers had done a lot of bowling in the first innings, so we'll have to take that responsibility. Ashwin obviously bowled very well, and Mishra also bowled very well but didn't get wickets. But both kept the pressure on, and we talk about partnership bowling - that was a classic example, that the spinners didn't have to bowl that much in the first innings, but took the responsibility from the fast bowlers in the second innings, and did the job fully."

When India came back after sealing the win, Kohli said Anil Kumble, their head coach, made "special mention" to players whose contributions may not have leaped out of the scorecard.

"In the first innings, four wickets each to Umesh [Yadav] and [Mohammed] Shami, but the way Ishant [Sharma] bowled and Mishi picking up those two wickets in the end also played an important role," Kohli said, when asked to elaborate on these contributions. "Otherwise you have to play the guys who have bowled a bulk of the bowling and tire them out more for those final two wickets.

"There the guy who takes the wickets at the end finishes off the game and helps the other bowlers stay fresh. Someone like Ishant maintained the pressure, the run-rate did not go beyond two in the first innings. All those things count massively in the course of the game. This morning, Umesh getting one wicket for us, Ishant an important breakthrough last evening. These are the moments that don't get much attention but they are very important to winning a Test match."

Despite the ease of the win, and the range of contributions, Kohli felt there were still areas India needed to improve in. One of these - which he had mentioned before the Test match as well - was to avoid losing wickets close to breaks in play.

"I think [there are] a couple of areas with the bat we can improve on, especially not losing wickets close to the breaks," he said. "I think we did that three times. [Cheteshwar] Pujara was one, Shikhar [Dhawan] was the other, just before tea [on the first day], and then myself soon after lunch on day two.

"See, these are the things, which if we have enough runs on the board and start scoring quickly, you tend to ignore these things. But I have that it in my mind pretty strongly because every team will want to challenge you strongly and will want to dry those runs out. So you have to capitalise [on] those important moments so the team doesn't lose that momentum and can start scoring runs again.

"We've lost wickets in those moments previously. That's one area I still think we need to tighten up a little bit more if we want to be in complete control of things in all the sessions that we play. We've done really well in this game, but that's one area we have addressed before and we certainly want to improve on."

Another area in need of improvement, he said, was to try and bowl the lower order out quicker. West Indies raised their score from 144 for 7 to 243 in the first innings, and from 132 for 8 to 231 in the second.

"That's an area we need to address. It also happens that you take the top-order wickets quickly, so you become a little desperate to keep taking wickets, and forget the things that got you those initial wickets. It becomes very important that the fielders also stay relaxed, don't get frustrated, and bowlers also don't get frustrated.

"It's important that we still keep bowling in consistent areas. If you're getting the pure batsmen out, you don't need to do anything different to get the tailenders out. That's one thing we'll have to play out smartly in the remaining Test matches, so that we save our energy, and don't end up bowling 8-10 extra overs, and if we get the tail out quickly, that's a good habit as well, so obviously we'll plan and see how we can do this. We'll look to keep playing the same kind of cricket, and if we get the opportunity to win each match, we'll try to win each match."