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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  • Naresh28 on September 19, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Not just T20 - this guy by is far the third spin option for team India. Some of his clean bowls are a joy to watch. Mishra I think pips Ohja for the third spot in team India. If we need someone to get a batsman like Cook - Mishra is the man. He would add variety to our bowling attack. I think his shortness also helps in getting some of the good tall batsman of the world.

  • Sir_Ivor on September 19, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Amit Mishra has probably become the complete leg-spinner now. He has all the variations that such a bowler usually relies upon. He is big turner of the ball and has a very effective and concealed googly. If I have to advise him it is just to avoid losing his temper. That is what will be self defeating. He should definitely play for India in the Tests. A combination of Jadeja,Ashwin and Mishra could be a great combination yet again. Mishra is a very good fielder and a more than dependable bat as well.So to begin with he should be selected in the ODIs against Australia and later against West Indies.The thing that I am most apprehensive about is the way Dhoni handles him. From what I have seen, Dhoni has confidence only in his CSK bretheren.I would want Mishra to set his own field mostly and be given the confidence with the feeling that the team depends on him. Virat Kohli handled him quite beautifully in Zimbabwe recently. I wish Dhoni has a look at that.Mishra is a match winner.

  • Go_F.Alonso 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.

  • 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_cric 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?

  • 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..

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • sreehk 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.

  • sharidas 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.

  • Naresh28 on September 19, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Not just T20 - this guy by is far the third spin option for team India. Some of his clean bowls are a joy to watch. Mishra I think pips Ohja for the third spot in team India. If we need someone to get a batsman like Cook - Mishra is the man. He would add variety to our bowling attack. I think his shortness also helps in getting some of the good tall batsman of the world.

  • Sir_Ivor on September 19, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Amit Mishra has probably become the complete leg-spinner now. He has all the variations that such a bowler usually relies upon. He is big turner of the ball and has a very effective and concealed googly. If I have to advise him it is just to avoid losing his temper. That is what will be self defeating. He should definitely play for India in the Tests. A combination of Jadeja,Ashwin and Mishra could be a great combination yet again. Mishra is a very good fielder and a more than dependable bat as well.So to begin with he should be selected in the ODIs against Australia and later against West Indies.The thing that I am most apprehensive about is the way Dhoni handles him. From what I have seen, Dhoni has confidence only in his CSK bretheren.I would want Mishra to set his own field mostly and be given the confidence with the feeling that the team depends on him. Virat Kohli handled him quite beautifully in Zimbabwe recently. I wish Dhoni has a look at that.Mishra is a match winner.

  • Go_F.Alonso 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.

  • 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_cric 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?

  • 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..

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • sreehk 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.

  • sharidas 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.

  • 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.

  • jimbond on September 19, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Mishra has been arguably the best Indian spinner in the past 10 years. Initially it was Kumble's consistency and Harbajan's reputation that kept Mishra out. In fact during this period,even Murali Karthik was better than Harbajan. Even now, Ashwin and Jadeja seem to make it more for their batting capabilities.

  • on September 19, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    It was plain wrong decision on part of Shikhar to bowl Mishra so late and just for one over against Kandurata. Mishra is a proven performer in T20 and his good recent performances must have meant his confidence is sky high. Last thing any captain wants is to convert his teams strength into weakness. If you cant bowl leggie against left hand batsmen then by same logic you shouldnt bowl off spinners against right handers. Having said that it was Shikhars 1st game as skipper and am sure he will improve and evolve with time in future as Captain. Good on Mishras part to come back stronger in next game.

  • on September 19, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    It was plain wrong decision on part of Shikhar to bowl Mishra so late and just for one over against Kandurata. Mishra is a proven performer in T20 and his good recent performances must have meant his confidence is sky high. Last thing any captain wants is to convert his teams strength into weakness. If you cant bowl leggie against left hand batsmen then by same logic you shouldnt bowl off spinners against right handers. Having said that it was Shikhars 1st game as skipper and am sure he will improve and evolve with time in future as Captain. Good on Mishras part to come back stronger in next game.

  • jimbond on September 19, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Mishra has been arguably the best Indian spinner in the past 10 years. Initially it was Kumble's consistency and Harbajan's reputation that kept Mishra out. In fact during this period,even Murali Karthik was better than Harbajan. Even now, Ashwin and Jadeja seem to make it more for their batting capabilities.

  • 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.

  • sharidas 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.

  • sreehk 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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..

  • Unmesh_cric 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?

  • on September 19, 2013, 21:23 GMT

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