Ravichandran Ashwin credited fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja as his perfect foil after recording match-winning figures of 13/140 to help India pull off a 321-run win over New Zealand in the final Test in Indore.
Speaking in the post-match presentation ceremony after winning the 'Man of the Match' and 'Man of the Series' awards following India's landslide win on the fourth day of the final game, the Tamil Nadu offie also credited pacers Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav for taking some of the burden off his back with their wickets off reverse swing.
"I have to give special mention to Shami, Bhuvi and Umesh, they got us a lot of wickets with reverse swing and Jaddu (Jadeja) is a perfect foil," Ashwin was quoted as saying in the post-match presentation ceremony.
The leading Indian off-spinner, who picked up his 21st Test five-for with his second innings figures of 7/59, also spoke of the tactics that he used to unsettle the Black Caps batsmen.
"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," added Ashwin.
With the massive win, India whitewashed the three-match series — only the fourth time they managed to achieve the feat. The hosts also further consolidated their grasp on the top spot in the ICC Test rankings, which they will continue to occupy regardless of the outcome of the upcoming Pakistan-West Indies Test series.
India managed to skittle New Zealand out for a meagre 153 after setting a daunting target of 475. Earlier in the day, Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his eighth Test hundred to guide the hosts to a score of 216 for 3, before skipper Virat Kohli decided to declare the innings.
With inputs from PTI