India cricketers Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday dedicated their team’s 3-0 Test win against South Africa to the Chennai flood victims and also lauded the Indian Army for their rescue and relief work.
“I would like to dedicate this to the people in Chennai who are suffering from the floods and the Indian Army who is helping out...this one is for them,” Rahane, who received the man-of-the-match award for his twin centuries in the last Test in New Delhi, said at the post match presentation ceremony.
Ashwin, who bagged the man-of-the-series for his 31 wickets and important contributions with the bat, said he would personally like to go out and help those people suffering in Chennai.
“Happiness got the better of me, I would like to dedicate my man of the series to the ppl suffering from the Chennai floods,” Ashwin wrote on his twitter handle.
“I would also like to add that I am not going to do anything joining hands with anyone, I would go down personally and do what I like,” he further added.
Rahane said he backed himself to do well.
"I was focussed and determined. I backed myself to take my chances. I always like to improve my game, my cricketing skills. I believe in the process because I know the results will follow automatically," he said.
Asked about his two centuries in two innings, Rahane said, "Really enjoyed that. Really happy for myself and my team."
The Man of the series, Ravichandra Ashwin, who took 31 wickets in the series and also scored some valuable runs, said winning this Test was a fitting finale to a wonderful series.
"I think it is a great feeling, a fitting finale to a wonderful series. We were going for it, we fought really hard. They (SA) dug in really deep."
Ashwin said he got huge support from Ravindra Jadeja at the other end.
"There's not much bounce. I got massive support from Jadeja, he hits the stumps so often. It was an amazing support from me, and let's not forget Umesh (Yadav), who also bowled very well today," he said.
Meanwhile, South Africa skipper Hashim Amla applauded his players' efforts for putting up a fight in the last Test at Feroz Shah Kotla.
"We knew we had to bat long and hard, we tried our exceptional best. AB (de Villiers) had a fantastic effort. You got to do what is best for the team, it is easy to go out there and get some runs, but we tried to take it as deep as possible, get something from this game.
"I am happy that the guys fought hard. Unfortunately, we were outplayed by India throughout the series, they batted and bowled better than us," said Amla.
He, however, said that his batsmen failed during the Test series.
"Winning the T20s and the ODIs was brilliant. As a whole, we managed to have some success. It was a good learning experience for the youngsters in the team.
"Test series was tough for our batsmen, we didn't get enough runs. Credit to our seamers on these pitches, just unfortunate we couldn't get the runs to back them up," said Amla.