"Ojha is someone with whom I've played with for 16 years. We've always enjoyed each other's company. Rather I was a batsman when Ojha was a prime bowler then. But we still used to bowl in one-dayers together. We always bowled well together. We always used to build to pressure very well."
Ashwin's were the best figures (12/85) by an Indian against New Zealand in a Test match.
Ashwin eclipsed Srinivas Venkatraghavan's 47-year-old record (12/152 in Delhi).
"I took a glance at it during the presentation and told S Badrinath look who's down at the second spot. It was on a lighter note. But yes, I was aware of it."
Ashwin hoped that with their convincing win over the Black Caps would inspire them to do well in the season and leave behind the 0-4 rout in Australia.
"As a whole the team had a tough year. It happens with every team. We put that behind and started on a good note. We hope we will continue and have a great season."