Back in the one day fold after six long years, leg-spinner Amit Mishra reckons it was his success in the second Indian Premier League in South Africa which resuscitated his ODI career.
The chubby leggie has been struggling to shed the Test specialist's tag and repeatedly pointed to his success in the Twenty20, considered an excessively batsman-biased format, to make his point that he can excel in the shorter formats as well.
The reward finally came with the selectors on Sunday picking him for next month's tri-series in Sri Lanka and the subsequent Champions Trophy and Mishra said he owes his comeback to IPL.
"The selection in the ODI team is a reward for the hard work I have put in over the last few years. I am really very happy because at last my struggle paid off. It came late but it eventually came. I have no hard feelings against anyone," an elated Mishra told PTI.
"Obviously, my performance in IPL in South Africa, besides the recent Emerging Players tournament in Australia, has prompted the selectors to include me in the team and I promise I will live up to their faith if I get a chance," Mishra said.