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Rejection no curb for gritty Mishra

The Delhi Daredevils are on a roll. Another semi-final spot beckons them. Most of the talk revolves around their batting line-up, which, despite AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan's no-show, is formidable, says Ravi Shastri.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2010 00:36 IST

The Delhi Daredevils are on a roll. Another semi-final spot beckons them. Most of the talk revolves around their batting line-up, which, despite AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan's no-show, is formidable. But nobody has a word on Amit Mishra, the bowler with the Purple Cap.

It's a pity for this tiny leg-spinner has been a tower of strength for the Daredevils. He has 14 wickets so far and hasn't let his non-selection to the India squad for the Caribbean come in the way.

Yes, the Kotla wicket has helped the slower bowlers but you still need heart to flight and try out different trajectories when the batsmen are giving you the charge.

Mishra was up against the formidable Royal Challengers on Sunday night. He began badly by mis-fielding a Jacques Kallis push in the covers. But that was his only blemish.

The peerless Anil Kumble had bowled with the new ball against David Warner and Virender Sehwag. Then, it was Mishra's turn to take on Cameron White and Jacques Kallis, one a feared bat and the other with the Orange Cap.

Mishra finished with 3 for 32, including the scalps of White and Rahul Dravid. It wasn't any different as most of his victims have been top order bats. He is slower than most tweakers, yet he can snare the best in his web.

The talented leg-spinner has faced rejection at all stages of his career. He is only 27 but has over 10 years of first-class cricket behind him.

Mishra is as much a force in the longer format as he is in the shorter version. All he yearns is for a regular run on the cricket field.

Fortunately, his state skipper, Gautam Gambhir, appears to have complete faith in him. A good spinner always needs a sensitive skipper and Gambhir provides him with that cushion.

I was all attention when Mishra mis-fielded against Kallis on Sunday night. Instinctively, Gambhir had an anguished look but recovered quickly. He knew Mishra was an integral part of this Delhi side.