“I believe getting Smith out was more satisfying. In the case of Mitchell Johnson, it was an error of judgement on his part that helped me get his wicket,” Ashwin said yesterday.
Smith fell four runs short of 50, edging one to debutant Ajinkya Rahane at short leg. Ashwin felt Australia have a good batting lower order which is why India could not wrap up the innings yesterday.
After being 189-8, the Australian lower order defied the Indian bowling with the ninth-wicket pair adding an unbeaten 42 runs. The visitors ended Day One on 231-8.
“They batted pretty well, which is why we could not wrap it up. We don’t have any problem as such but when you have batsmen, who average 30 in the lower order, you can’t expect them to throw away their wickets. That’s it,” he said.
When asked how different the Kotla wicket was compared to the Chepauk pitch, Ashwin said, “That’s red soil and this is black soil. It’s always evident that on black soil the ball doesn’t bounce as much as on the red soil.” Ashwin ended Day One on four for 40.