India have finally ended their 22-year wait of winning a Test series against Sri Lanka at their backyard. And the sweet taste of victory was achieved under the leadership of none other than Virat Kohli. It was not only captain courageous Kohli, but an all-round effort from Team India as they came back from behind to win the recently concluded three-match Test series against Sri Lanka. Much credit goes to the Indian bowlers as well and especially, Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ashwin picked up 21 wickets in three Test matches, which is the most number of wickets taken by any Indian bowler on the Lankan soil till date. He was also adjudged the Man of the Series. Ashwin believes that it was India's fielding that earned him so many wickets.
"I would like to thank the boys, the catching has been brilliant and that is why I have more than 20 wickets in the series," Ashwin told reporters on Tuesday after the win in Colombo.
Ashwin's overseas record was not as impressive as his home record and that made the experts of the game say critical things about him ahead of the all-important Test series against Sri Lanka. The Tamil Nadu lad has silenced his critics with his outstanding performance throughout the series.
"Having been here before for the one-day tournaments, and we had a practice game as well and my take away was that the wickets were slow and I have to put more body in. It has been quite a while to win a Man of the Series, happy to win it. Had a few tennis elbow issues, had to change my technique a little bit. Happy to pay them back with a fifty," Ashwin added.