Kohli (62), who registered his 31st ODI fifty to return to form, stitched a crucial 105-run fourth-wicket partnership with Suresh Raina (62) to help India put up a respectable 263 for seven in 50 overs. The hosts eventually levelled the five-match series 1-1 by winning the match by 48 runs.

"Kohli is very experienced and he knows what the team wants. We were able to convince him to bat down the order and he understood that it's good for the team and himself. We have to look at everything," said Dhoni in the post-match press conference at Feroz Shah Kotla yesterday.

"He is a kind of player who scores at a brisk pace. If someone is doing well at No.3 and Virat is comfortable at No.4 then why not. Let's go with it. But it was the first time, so we will see," he added.

Ambati Rayudu, who took Kohli's place at No.3, made a valuable 32 after India lost their openers early on a slow-paced Kotla wicket. Dhoni, who also contributed with an unbeaten 51, was happy with the batting order.

"I believe it's good for the team to have your most experienced players bat at No.5, 6 and 7. And yes it helps Virat to change his slot and have the cushion of runs behind him. It was a win-win situation as Rayudu (Ambati) also got more balls to settle down. It also disrupts the strategy of the opposition team. So everything fell into place," said Dhoni.

The batsmen did their job but the bowlers were not far behind. Chasing 264 for a win, West Indies were cruising at 170 for two when Man of the Match Mohammad Shami, who registered his career-best figures of 4-36, got the dangerous Dwayne Smith (97) back in the pavilion. Soon leg-spinner Amit Mishra (2-40) and Ravindra Jadeja (3-44) also swung into action. Dhoni was all praise for the bowling effort.

"It was a double-bounce wicket. I thought we maybe 20 runs short but the bowlers bowled really well. It's important to put pressure on the batsmen and not allow then to take singles and twos. Shami bowled an excellent spell. Mishra was in his elements and whenever he flights the ball, he gets that extra bit of purchase...And then Jadeja (Ravindra) played his part," said Dhoni.

On being quizzed about the inconsistent showing by the bowlers in recent times, Dhoni defended his men, saying that the fast bowlers and spinners have delivered whenever it has mattered.

"There was little help for the bowlers in the first match. For instance Mishra's strength is flight bowling. He learnt form the previous game and used the experience now. The ball got a little wet and Shami got the reverse swing going," he said.

Known for his hard-working approach, Dhoni also looked at the shortcomings of the team and opined that powerplays is one area which needs to be worked upon. India though did manage 29 runs between overs 35 and 40 but lost a wicket.

"We have not been consistent in the powerplays. If you lose wickets then it's not good. So it's about saving wickets and scoring about 30-40 runs. If you have wickets then go for the kill from the 43rd over," opined Dhoni.

Also talking on the issue of the third seamer and chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav's awaited entry into the team, Dhoni said it's never about individuals but it's all about the team.

"Look we have to feature the best XI. It's about winning games and keeping the momentum going. So for Kuldeep I can just say, wait and watch. We also have to sort out the issue of the third seamer.

"It's important to get our act together before the series Down Under and the World Cup to follow. If the lower-order batsmen or the 'tail' contributes then it's a big plus for a side and you don't have to delay the slog," said Dhoni.

The Men in Blue sure came back well after a 124-run thrashing in the first ODI to beat the visitors by 48 runs in the second match, but Dhoni never forgot to mention how dangerous a side West Indies is.

"West Indies is a fantastic team. They have the big hitters. They have proper bowlers like Russell (Andre), Sammy (Darren), Bravo (Dwayne) and Benn (Sulieman). They are a very dangerous side and there is no reason why they cannot be successful consistently," said 'captain cool'.

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