My confidence is sky high: Ashwin

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 17:36 hrs

India off-spinner R Ashwin who scalped 27 wickets in the series said that his confidence is sky high and that he is feeling really good about himself.

"I feel really good about myself and my confidence is sky high," Ashwin who took 13 wickets in the third Test said during the presentation ceremony. Ashwin took yet another five-wicket haul as India decimated New Zealand by 321 runs in front of a vociferous Indore crowd. And the man-of-the-match was first to thank the crowd for their support.

"First things first, I would like to thank the crowd of Indore, coming out in large numbers. It felt like a Test from the 90s," he said.

Speaking about the track, Ashwin said, "It was a wicket where you had to work hard, be patient. there was a little bit of help outside the off stump, in terms of footmarks. Second innings, they helped us out with their shots. The reason we were slow was because we wanted to get them driving."

"There was not much bounce to get catches at short leg. I knew Boult was coming, and he'd give me footmarks, so I wanted them lunging out," Ashwin added.

Although the offie spun a web around the Kiwis, the rest of the bowlers did a wonderful job not just by containing the batsmen but also picking wickets.

"I have to give special mention to Shami, Bhuvi and Umesh, they got us a lot of wickets with reverse swing and Jaddu is a perfect foil," Ashwin, praising his bowling partners said.

Cheteshwar Pujara started off the day for India with a brilliant century and the middle-order batsmen said that the entire batting unit contributed.

"I think everyone has contributed, specially when we talk about the batting, starting from the top order, and contributions from the lower orde,r Ashwin, Saha, Jadeja. And then the bowlers, the fast bowlers too. It was a team effort," Pujara said.

"The plan was to get as many runs as possible. So I thought I had to accelerate and we just wanted to bat one and half sessions," he added.

Southpaw Gautam Gambhir who made his Test return made a vital half-century in the second innings and Pujara was all praise of the senior pro.

"Gautam was batting really well, I was asking him what to do, how to accelerate. It was a pleasure to watch. I am looking forward to the England series, First Test match at Rajkot [his home] just like Indore. And here I would like to thank to crowd for their massive support," he signed off.

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