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Mishra hungry for more

Amit mishra has been the Delhi Daredevils’ premier spinner in their nine victories (from 12 matches) that helped them secure a semifinal berth. When Daniel Vettori had to sit out in order to allow four other foreigners to play, Mishra more than held his own, reports G Krishnan. Special coverage | Listen to podcastaudio

cricket Updated: May 19, 2009 09:16 IST
G Krishnan

Amit mishra has been the Delhi Daredevils’ premier spinner in their nine victories (from 12 matches) that helped them secure a semifinal berth. When Daniel Vettori had to sit out in order to allow four other foreigners to play, Mishra more than held his own.

By his own yardsticks, though, Mishra has fallen short. “I had set out to get more wickets than I have managed,” Mishra told the Hindustan Times. The 26-year-old legspinner said that he would rather take wickets even if he went for runs in Twenty20.

“If you don’t take wickets, you cannot put the opposition under pressure. T20 is not always about economical bowling.”

A lot of the success achieved by the spinners in the IPL has been attributed to the end-of-season pitches helping spinners.

“Spinners bowling here are trying to turn the ball. You succeed by getting help from the bounce. It is not easy to play shots, and even if you play shots, they take the leading edge off the bounce,” Mishra explained.

Mishra, who took three wickets for 33 runs in Sunday’s game against the Rajasthan Royals, was elated after playing against one of his idols, Shane Warne (Anil Kumble is the other). “I have been wanting to talk to him about my bowling, what I should do to improve it and what the thinking process should be like before a match,” he said.

Mishra likes Test cricket more “as it is the ultimate in cricket”. He is aiming to establish himself in the Test team, having made a start last year.

He pointed out differences in travelling with the Indian team and with an IPL franchise.

“With the Daredevils, you get to interact with players from different countries. With the Indian team, there is no problem of communication and we get along well with each other. In IPL, you have more options. You can bounce back into the tournament but with the Indian team, it is difficult to come back in a series.”

Mishra stats

9 matches | 11 wickets | 6.85 eco. rate