West Indies v India, tri-series, Kingston June 30, 2013

'No choice but to set attacking fields' - Kohli

ESPNcricinfo staff

Virat Kohli, who stood-in as captain during West Indies' chase in the absence of the injured MS Dhoni, said he had no choice but to be attacking in his captaincy in light of the modest total posted by India. West Indies were made to chase 230 and managed to scrape home by one wicket at Sabina Park on Sunday.

"I have captained in the IPL but that's a Twenty20 game," Kohli said. "This was totally unexpected. It was more thinking on the feet. It was a good experience for me. I had to keep attacking fields throughout the game because we needed wickets. When asked about Dhoni's influence on the game, Kohli was candid. "There were times when you are under pressure and you miss him (Dhoni) because he remains calm under pressure."

Kohli also praised Johnson Charles, who struck a match-winning 97 to set up West Indies' second consecutive win. "He is someone who's done well for (West Indies). It's a good thing for them. It's good to see a young player from West Indies coming through and play the match-winning knock. We were putting pressure on him and he really stood up."

With West Indies struggling at 212 for 8 after 41 overs, Kohli made a surprise move by bowling a part-timer, Suresh Raina. The offspinner managed to pick up a wicket in his second over, leaving the hosts with ten to get with one wicket in hand.

"(Sunil) Narine was batting and I thought Raina is good to left-handers and when he bowls around the wicket, he sort of skids it on. I thought he might hit the pad or force them on to the front foot."

Kohli also kept all the fielders inside the ring, to heap extra pressure on the batsmen, which worked in India's favour.

India's defeat against West Indies was their first in seven matches, a streak which extended from January 27 this year when they had lost to England in Dharamsala. When asked how he felt about the loss, Kohli chose to remain optimistic.

"You can't be too disappointed with these kinds of games," said Kohli, "We won seven in a row in England (Champions Trophy, including the two warm-ups against Sri Lanka and Australia) and in cricket, you can't win everything. The way the guys fought was very pleasing to see. Everyone was hungry to win."

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  • Ashok on July 1, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    After posting a low total, India did well to come within a brace of winning. I thought Kohli handled the Captaincy very well & aggressively. But for the missed stumping chance India would certainly have won the match. I felt accurate Kumar would have been more effective against the last pair instead of erratic Yadev & Ishant. Aggressive field setting was good- Fighting Fire with Fire. Unfortunately Jadeja was off colour otherwise he would have been the man to go during the final overs. Dhoni's absence was felt behind the wkts.Karthick did take a fine catch off Ishant but missed an easy stumping.When defending a low total you cannot miss crucial chances. Ashwin was easily the best bowler. Raina did well to get a wkt. & bowling a maiden over.He was other guy who could have troubled WI in view of Jadeja being off colour. All in all it was a fine closely fought match. Unfortunately India was on the losing side.

  • Prashanth on July 1, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    The blow horns ("vuvuzela"??) during the game was sooo horrible & irritating. Someone said it was not so bad in the stadium, but TV broadcasters should filter that out if players and officials aren't bothered with it. If not, band them altogether. Because of this noise, I thought, the umpire lost the snick when Darren Sammy edged Ishant's delivery to Dinesh Karthik, before he went on to hit out some crucial runs. That, I thought, was so crucial in the outcome of the game.

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    All you people - I was at the game in the stands and the horns are amazing for atmosphere. It's one hell of an experience watching the game in Sabina Park because of horns. For once, we have to let the stadium experience trump TV experience. Please!

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    At the very least, the TV broadcasters could use a notch filter to filter out the horns that are all around the same frequency.

  • thomas on July 1, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    I agree with the sentiments on the horn...that is very horrible and annoying....what happened to the old windies of drums and music...

  • avinash on July 1, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Based on all these comments here it appears only India supporters are complaining about the horns...if you failed to realize the game is being played in the West Indies and we can celebrate and make noise with whatever instrument we like!!! We dont tell u how to run your IPL so dont complain bout our horns. These tings are what make West Indies a true Caribbean team. Our players are accustomed to it and if your players cant concentrate well hard luck for them. Its simply called HOME ADVANTAGE!!!!!!!!!

  • Sekhar on July 1, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Too many cooks (kohli, rohit and raina) in the Kitchen spoil the recipe.. Kohli did well, but still a long way for him. I wish there should not be any ego among these guys in future.

  • Srinivas on July 1, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    India lost the match due to the sole factor of losing Dhoni. It was evident that Virat is still wet-behind the ears as a Captain and with DK suddenly thrust to keep the wickets, he missed out on communication with Ash.

  • pavankumar on July 1, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Either Ask the Commentators to Comment or let the Horns Play.. Bcoz in such a scenario only 1 can ring the Bell at a Time. If Horns Blows then Commentators are require as they are hardly audible, Else let the Commentators Speak !!

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Well done WI. Recently you are showing that you are not a bad side in 50/50 but watching cricket in WI is a nightmare with those horns. I had it almost mute. Mind you without the horns the silence would have been deafening-as bad as at Lords

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