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I needed a kick on the backside, says R Ashwin after 29-wicket series


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext
Mar 24, 2013 at 08:52pm IST

New Delhi: Indian offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the four-Test series with 29 wickets, on Sunday said that he made a few changes in his bowling technique after the home defeat against England in 2012.

"Everything has gone pretty well, there were a few changes I had to make after the England series. Very happy at how it has come out. I had to work on my delivery stride. We had very little time, I was lucky to have a coach to identify it pretty quickly," Ashwin said after India's six-wicket win at the Feroz Shah Kotla. "I definitely needed a kick on the backside and they gave me one.

When asked about the Kotla pitch, Ashwin said, "It was quite a tricky wicket for both batsmen and bowlers. Satisfaction is not something intend to attain, hopefully I can build on this."

Ravindra Jadeja, who won the Man-of-the-Match award for his seven wickets and crucial 43 in India's first innings, said he was just looking to take as many wickets as possible. "I did well in this game. The wicket helped the spinners so I was bowling well. I Just wanted to get as many as possible. Unfortunately, I didn't score much runs with the bat, but I bowled well in the series. I'm used to playing on such wickets in Rajkot. I was bowling in the right areas and the rest the wicket was doing."

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