‘Hope IPL brings out the best in me’
Amit Mishra who has just returned from NZ and will be flying to SA to represent Delhi Daredevils in the IPL told HT "that the tour will be challenging but hopefully competition will bring out the best in me. As for the fan following, I am sure people will enjoy it", reports Heena Zuni Pandit.cricket Updated: Apr 10, 2009 23:03 IST
Good Friday turned out to be really good for a couple of Delhiites who got a chance to host India spinner Amit Mishra at their residence through a Fever 104 initiative.
While Mishra went about obliging his fans, HT caught up with the leg spinner who has just returned from New Zealand and will be flying to South Africa on April 16 to represent Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.
Although Mishra couldn't play a single Test in New Zealand, he is not disappointed. “I was told that the conditions were good for medium-pacers. And even though I didn't get a game, I got valuable foreign exposure,” Mishra said. Asked whether being away from competitive cricket for about two months will affect his performance in South Africa, Mishra replied, “I had played a few Ranji games before going to New Zealand. Besides, I was bowling regularly at the nets, so I guess it should not be a problem.” Twenty20 games are believed to be tough for bowlers, especially the spinners. “It all boils down to planning and strategising. If you have the right plans, things will fall in place,” said the bowler who took a hattrick in the last edition. But, will it be tough for him to perform in South Africa and will IPL have the same fan following there.
“It will be challenging but hopefully competition will bring out the best in me. As for the fan following, I am sure people will enjoy it.”