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Fletcher asked me to work on my delivery stride: Ashwin

Last updated on: March 24, 2013 18:18 IST

'I had to work on my delivery stride'

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Man of the Series, Ravichandran Ashwin, who emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the four-Test rubber with 29 scalps, has said he made a few changes in his bowling technique after the home series against England.

"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," said Ashwin.

"I definitely needed a kick on the backside and they gave me one," he added.


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'It was quite a tricky wicket'

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Talking about the Kotla pitch, Ashwin said, "It was quite a tricky wicket for both batsmen and bowlers. I thought (Cheteshwar) Pujara played a terrific innings today. (Ravindra) Jadeja managed to trouble the Aussie batsmen. "

Asked if he was satisfied with his performance in this series, Ashwin replied, "Satisfaction is not something I intend to attain, hopefully I can build on this."


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'I bowled well in the series'

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Ravindra Jadeja, who won the Man of the Match award, 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. 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," Jadeja, who claimed seven wickets in the fourth Test and score valuable 43 runs in India's first innings, said. 


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'We just did not bowl as well'

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Meanwhile, Australian stand-in-skipper Shane Watson said 150-200 on this track was a good total but his bowlers failed to do the job.

"It was a hard fought Test, going into the game this is what I asked of the team. We gave it everything we had. We were up for it, but unfortunately things did not go according to plan with the ball in the second innings. 

"We always thought 150-200 on this wicket if we bowled well was going to be enough but we just did not bowl as well as we would have wanted to," said Watson. 

He conceded that Pujara took the game away from the visitors. 

"Pujara batted very nicely to take it away from us,"  he said. Watson said that it was a great learning curve for an inexperienced Aussie side. 

"This is really as foreign as you get to playing cricket for an Australian cricket team. It's been a great learning curve for all of us. Everyone has got a hell of a lot out of this tour," said Watson.


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