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Not easy to dismiss tailenders these days: R Ashwin

Press Trust of India
Mar 22, 2013 at 07:04pm IST

New Delhi: Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin termed his delivery to dismiss Steven Smith as a more "satisfying one" compared to the one that helped him get rid of Mitchell Johnson on the opening day of the fourth and final Test against Australia here on Friday.

"I believe getting Smith out was more satisfying. In case of Johnson, it was an error of judgement on his part that helped me get his wicket," Ashwin, who had best figures of 4 for 40 on the day, answered to one of the questions asked by the reporters.

To a query about how different the Kotla strip was in comparison to the Chepauk pitch, he answered with his now customary swagger.

Not easy to dismiss tailenders these days: Ashwin

However, Ashwin termed his delivery to dismiss Steven Smith as a more "satisfying one" compared to the one that got rid of Mitchell Johnson.

"That's red soil and this is black soil!" adding: "It's always evident that on black soil the ball doesn't bounce as much as on the red soil."

Asked about the assistance one got from the wicket on day one, he replied, "If there are spots on the wicket, then one shouldn't get carried away as margin of error is very less. One shouldn't try too many things from back of the hand."

In all the Tests so far, the Aussie tail has wagged but Ashwin differed in his stance.

"I don't think that has been a problem (wiping off the tail). They have batted pretty well. We have to stick to our guns and see what happens. In different scenarios, different teams do well and that era is over when tailenders would come, slog and get out. Pattison has an average of 30," he answered.

Ashwin's media interaction, which lasted little less than three minutes, was the shortest in the recent times as he managed to beat Bhuvneshwar Kumar's press meet on the first day of the Hyderabad Test. Kumar's conference lasted around five minutes.

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