IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra has his say on UAE pitches
With IPL 2020 knocking on the doors the spotlight has shifted firmly on the pitches on offer in three venues - Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah - in the UAE. History suggests that the pitches are UAE are on the slower side and generally assists the spinners more as the game progresses. Talking about the same, veteran Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra said the pitches have been neutral so far.
Mishra, who has taken 157 wickets - the second-most behind Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga - in 147 IPL games, said only time will tell how the pitches actually behave.
“The conditions so far have been neutral - I can’t say if they favour the batsmen or the bowlers more. When we start playing, then we will have a clearer picture and can say whether it is helping the batsmen or the bowlers more,” said the veteran spinner who is currently 13 IPL wickets behind Malinga.
Commenting on Delhi Capitals’ much talked about team spirit, the experienced leg-spinner said “the best thing is that all the players are enjoying each other’s company.
“Everyone is really keen and excited to play in this season of the IPL. With just one week to go now, everyone has been putting in great effort in preparing for the tournament under such difficult circumstances,” he said.
“I’m really happy that everyone has been really cautious in their approach and have made sure that all protocols are being followed and have been within the bio-bubble, and the fact that no one from the bio-bubble has been affected by Covid-19, is proof of how well everyone has followed the rules,” Mishra added.
He further added, “The feeling within our group is really good, and there is a positive vibe. We have been able to gel really well even with the newer faces in our side. It is like a family and everyone has been taking care of each other on the field and correcting mistakes if there are any.”
Speaking about his team’s preparations, Mishra said “everyone is focused on their individual roles” and “understand exactly what they have to do during the matches.”
With Delhi Capitals having had an excellent last season, Mishra believes his side will again be “putting in all the effort to win matches.”
“We are really positive, but in T20 cricket, you know it is hard to promise a win, because all teams are so competitive and have quality players in their ranks. We also have a lot of match-winners in our team, and we will do our preparations according to each team. We cannot underestimate any team, and need to treat everyone equally,” he said.