R Ashwin could not have asked for a better opening in front of his home crowd at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday. He picked up the first six of the seven wickets to fall, much to the delight of the lively audience.
By his own admission, Ashwin bowled the way he did against
England, barring some minor changes with his coach and former Ranji Trophy player Sunil Subramaniam, to whom he dedicated his spell of 6/88.
"It was about my body position. He (Sunil) identified a small thing and we worked on it for five-six sessions in between the Corporate Trophy and this series. The credit goes to him because it's very easy to spot a mistake, but that mistake's root cause could be somewhere else. But to nail that, and to get me out of that is what he did," he said.
The off-spinner worked on his transfer of weight - the change which was effected in his stride.
"He has worked on his bowling. It was to do with his transfer of weight to ensure that he comes into the right position (while delivering the ball). It is a tough, tough job. He worked on it and executed that," said Subramaniam.
"There was more teeth to his bowling and knowing him, he will do that anywhere," he said.
Ashwin felt the Aussies should be bundled out in another 20-30 runs on the second day, but the score would have been significantly less had Clarke been given out. Clarke got lucky when umpire Kumar Dharamsena turned down a catch at forward short-leg.
Expecting a turner, Ashwin said the slow pitch hardly offered any turn. "The pitch looked very dirty (muddy). After the first 5-10 overs, we thought it was going to spin like a top. You come out and you think it's going to spin a lot. I varied my pace at different points but it actually didn't spin at all. There were a few balls when you tossed it up and they jumped a little bit. I think it's going to get slower and hopefully (Mitchell) Starc would create some rough for the second innings," he said.