Faisalabad v Sunrisers, CLT20 qualifier, Mohali September 19, 2013

Legspin tough for left-handers - Mishra

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Amit Mishra, who bowled a tight spell against Faisalabad Wolves in Mohali on Wednesday, has said he wanted to prove that he could bowl equally well to any kind of batsman. Mishra was just used for one over by his captain Shikhar Dhawan against Kandurata Maroons on Tuesday, a team with a primarily left-handed top order, but bowled his four overs for 13 runs in the second match against Faisalabad.

"I have always believed that since a legspinner has more variations, it is tougher for a left-hander to play him," Mishra told the CLT20 website. "I was waiting for a call to bowl another over, the team and the coaches were also thinking, 'when is Amit going to bowl'. But sometimes, you don't know what is going on in the captain's mind and it's best to leave some decisions to him, without thinking about it too much. Also, it was Shikhar's first game as captain and these things happen."

The Faisalabad openers had made a solid start in a must-win game for them, scoring 48 in the first six overs, but the introduction of Mishra robbed them of the momentum. Mishra struck with his second delivery and completed a maiden as the batsmen struggled to handle his variations.

"If any such thing like, 'he can't bowl to the left-handers', comes to anyone's mind, it becomes a challenge for me," Mishra said. "So, when I bowled against Faisalabad Wolves, I certainly had it at the back of my mind that I want to prove that I can bowl equally well to every kind of batsman."

Mishra was also happy with the form the team's batsmen have shown in the first two matches. "The biggest plus that I see in our performance in this tournament so far is our batting. In the IPL our batting couldn't click too often but now Shikhar is in such good form, Parthiv is in good nick and the following batsmen are also scoring runs. Our bowling and fielding have always been good, so having these runs on board is a huge boost for us."

Mishra, one of the leading spinners in the format, said flight and spin remain his main weapons even in T20 cricket and it's his attacking bowling that has reaped rewards for him. "There are times when the situation demands that I bowl to stop runs," he said. "But even then, I ensure that it doesn't affect my flight or spin. I have added variations in my arsenal so that before hitting me, the batsman thinks whether it is a googly, top-spin, flipper or slider. So, even when I am bowling to stop runs, I don't want to do it with defensive bowling."

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  • Sharad on September 20, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Totally agree with everybody here. It's hard for Mishra to keep Jadeja (a better batter) out but not Ashwin. Mishra is miles ahead of Ashwin as a bowler and certainly is not a worse batter, although I write before checking any stats. I found Ashwin's comments after the loss to Eng in India quite ridiculous coming from a professional.

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Professor Dhoni discovered 'Left hand batsmen can easily play leg spinners and left arm bowlers like ojha'

  • Unmesh on September 19, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    I think this "leg-spinners shouldn't bowl to left-handers" thing is rubbish. If the same logic is applied, off-spinners shouldn't be bowling to right handers. For record, I believe Tendulkar played Warne better than he played Murli. If the logic of "ball going away from the batsman" applies, shouldn't it have been other way round?

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    At last people accepting what I have been saying since this man's debut in 2008.. He is by far the best spinner in India at present.. Should be playing all of the India matches.. Should play every single match from now to 2020.. This from a Chennai lad..

  • Android on September 19, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    its farcical that average finger spinner ashwin plays ahead of wrist spinners like mishra and left armor ojha. ashwin have only been good on rank turner's but away tests in australia and engand have shown his capabilities as spinner on less friendly tracks.why not give chance to mishra ahead of ashwin if say your go through. he cannot do worse than ashwin, can he?

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    I agree with Aditya. Even if I am from the same state, I am disappointed with Dhoni. I think success has gone to his head and he cannot think objectively. I thnik he has destroyed Shreesanth and others. It is time for India to move forward and go with Virat as captain. He has shown more maturity and think objectively. He will have the players in the team on merit and not on the basis of which block he belongs to. But this may be just wishful thinking.

  • sree on September 19, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Number of chances given to Rohit Sharma and even Raina is shocking compared to Amit Mishra. If Amit Mishra was in Australia, he would have been playing with an aura by now. Leg spin is a rare rare talent. Indian think tank is draining it away. He can easily replace Ashwin, forget others. Definitely some regional politics is sitting him out.

  • suresh on September 19, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    I would have liked to see Amit Mishra in the playing eleven in South Africa. So here's hoping that Tour will come through.

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    But we can't help but see Mishra's talent go waste. The only option he has to perform well for India is to talk to Sunrisers management, ask them to leave him into the auction, then ask the CSK management to somehow buy him. Then walk to Dhoni, kiss his hand, call him "Godfather", and then perform well in the International Test matches. A talent like him deserves fair opportunity. Even though I would feel very bad to see him go away from Sunrisers Hyderabad for that to happen.