IPL 2014 May 4, 2014

Amit Mishra's nightmarish IPL 2014

One of the best bowlers of the last six IPL seasons, Amit Mishra has had a tough start to IPL 2014, reaching a few not-so-flattering landmarks

In the first six editions of the IPL, Amit Mishra had taken 95 wickets at an average of 20.25 and an economy rate of 6.93, numbers which were good enough to pronounce him among the best bowlers in the tournament. Only Lasith Malinga had taken more wickets, and among spinners only a handful had a better economy rate. Mishra had also gone for 86 sixes, second only to Piyush Chawla's 91, but it couldn't be held against him in a format where it was inevitable for a legspinner to go for a few of those. Given that he was only five wickets short of 100, it was widely expected that he would reach landmark before he'd get hit for a century of sixes.

As it's turned out, though, IPL 2014 has so far been a bit of a nightmare for Mishra. In just 19.3 overs, he has disappeared for 16 sixes, which is as many as he conceded in 62 overs last year. Against Kings XI, Mishra was hammered for seven sixes in his four overs - five by Glenn Maxwell and one each by Virender Sehwag and David Miller - which is the most sixes hit against any bowler in a single IPL match. [Mishra shares that record with Pune Warriors' Mitchell Marsh, who also went for seven sixes in a game, against Royal Challengers Bangalore during that Chris Gayle onslaught.]

A week later against Mumbai Indians, Mishra vanished for five sixes, all the hands of Keiron Pollard. The third of those was the 100th six that had been hit off his bowling in the IPL, making him the first to that not-so-flattering landmark - Chawla is still on 95. As if to celebrate that milestone, Pollard hit the next two balls for sixes as well, in an over which cost Mishra 27. Those series of sixes have meant Mishra has been hit for a six once every 7.31 balls in IPL 2014; last year a six off him was three times more scarce - once in 23 balls.

In the meantime, Mishra's wickets tally has inched ahead by just four, which means he is still one short of the 100-wicket mark, though he's still the second-highest wicket-taker in the IPL. The last time this tournament was held outside India, he had done much better, taking 14 wickets at an economy rate of 7.00 in 2009, and conceding a six every 19.46 balls.

Can he raise his game, now that the tournament has moved back to India?

Worst economy rates for spinners in IPL 2014 (Qual: 10 overs)
Bowler Overs Wickets Average Econ rate 4s/ 6s
Amit Mishra 19.3 4 50.25 10.30 6/ 16
Pragyan Ojha 19.0 1 167.0 8.78 10/ 8
Shahbaz Nadeem 20.4 5 32.60 7.88 8/ 7
Piyush Chawla 15.3 5 23.80 7.67 10/ 4
Ravindra Jadeja 18.4 10 14.30 7.66 11/ 5
Karn Sharma 18.0 2 68.00 7.55 12/ 5
Amit Mishra in each IPL season
Season Overs Wickets Average Econ rate 4/ 6s Balls per 6
2008 20.0 11 12.54 6.90 4/ 8 15.00
2009 42.0 14 21.00 7.00 13/ 13 19.46
2010 53.0 17 21.35 6.84 26/ 16 19.87
2011 53.2 19 18.84 6.71 26/ 14 22.86
2012 47.0 13 29.00 8.02 18/ 19 14.84
2013 62.0 21 18.76 6.35 21/ 16 23.25
2014 19.3 4 50.25 10.30 6/ 16 7.31

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats

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  • Paul on May 8, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Mental fragility it is then.

    19.4 Faulkner to Mishra, OUT, What a comedy! The batsman misses the shot and runs out of the crease to pick up a bye.. Sanju fires the throw and misses.. Faulkner gathers the ball, he fires in a throw again as Mishra is still out of the crease.. He misses again.. Now Sanju takes it and he finally manages to strike the stumps.. Mishra could have saved himself but he had given himself up to the mercy of this funny game between Samson and Faulkner A Mishra run out 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    what ever people say Mishra is still a good leg spinner as we all have seen bowling him in the Twenty-20 world cup he has done good. Is it so that he is going from rough period like the other Indian bowlers. Amit Mishra is an excellent spinner. Even at the time pressure he keep his nerveS cool and bowls well. Even though he has not perfomed in two of the ipl matches. But he did well in the first match . He just need good support from team .

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    He is a good bowler. May be bowling under pressure. Scared. Cant understand, Why he is scared to pitch up or flight up & up. Instead of faster ones. He will be among more wickets.

  • Ashok on May 5, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Mishra is going thru' a lean patch which might only be temporary. His Captain needs to guide him by avoiding him on to face hitters like Maxwell, Gayle or Pollard. Dhawan's move of bring Mishra to bowl his 4th over to Pollard was easily the worst move which smashed his confidence to new Low. Mishra needs to work in the Nets to get his length & direction refined first before his next appearance. Confidence + control in length, line & direction are critical to any bowler particularly a leg spinner. I always remember Subash Gupte who had uncanny accuracy & really turned his leg breaks & googlies prodigiously. Warne & Benaud were quicker versions who relied on their pace variations + accuracy. Mishra is more like Gupte but does not have the same turn. So he needs to be at least accurate in length, line & direction. That is the key to leg spin bowling.

  • Shaik Ali on May 5, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    I dont understand the logic of playing Ishant Sharma in place of a spinner, already you have steyn,bhuvi,irfan,sammy as 4 medium pacers ...small things do matter chikka n moody...get ur thinking spects...why not include an offie like rasool who is handy with the bat...mind u you've got gayle,new sa bloke, yuvraj, starc, parthiv as left hand batters and an offie would have been perfect choice given the pitch which was turning...poor selection right from auction...tell me what will happen if either finch or warner gets injured who will replace them...have you got any overseas batter or would you go back to unsold auction players...sorry tale for SRH fans

  • Arun on May 5, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    A. Mishra is an excellent spinner if the opponent does not put any pressure on his bowling. R.Ashwin is not best among rest of Indian spinners but most of the time he thrives and produce better under pressure because of his smartness.

  • TR on May 5, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Mishra is weak minded as it seems to me. If he is hit for one ball his line & length suffer more. Even in the last series when he played for India in one of the last matches he started well and then bowled a no ball and was hit - and from that point his bowling was very bad. Seems lot of mental training needed. I will blame the coaches more than the player. There is no question regarding his skill - he is the best leg spinner in India or even in world currently. But that is physical skill. Mental skill is also required.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    mishra is one of the most overrated spinners in india. just got the place he deserves.

  • Santhosh on May 4, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    This is the reason Amit Mishra has never been in the Indian squad permanently.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Frankly speaking, IPL or for that matter T20 is no way to judge a bowler. Amit Mishra knows how to turn the ball and does that very often. A dumb tournament like IPL is not meant to prove the caliber of Amit Mishra or any other player

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