New Delhi: Indian spinner R Ashwin got the Indian cricket team off to a great start by guiding team to a comprehensive win of an innings and 92 runs with his all-round performances in the first Test against West Indies.
The Karnataka off-spinner, first slammed a brilliant 113-run knock in the first innings and followed it with a match-winning seven-wicket haul in the second.
After the match, Ashwin hailed skipper Virat Kohli for giving him long spells to bowl, something which helped him find his rhythm back.
"I wasn't finding my rhythm in the first innings. Virat gave me a long spell after lunch today and I was working on my rhythm with Anil bhai as well. Worked on it, you finish your action well, I wasn't getting a long enough spell, but today it was different."
The performance in the first Test should give Ashwin a lot of confidence after a poor show in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder felt they did not bowl well enough.
"India put up a pretty good first innings total, we didn't bowl well. It's a daunting task chasing 566. We had some good performances, Brathwaite and Dowrich. Didn't get enough partnerships. Have to bowl better, Shannon bowled very well, Bishoo was decent, but have to bowl well for longer," Holder said.
He added, "We'll see the conditions in Jamaica and then see the combination. Not too sure of the pitch there. Just think we need to see what happens. Normally its flat. Hard to predict conditions in the Caribbean of late."