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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."