India news August 19, 2013

Kumble, Hirwani's tips work well for Mishra

ESPNcricinfo staff

Amit Mishra, the India legspinner, said a significant variation in pace had brought him success on the recent tour to Zimbabwe.

Mishra, who last played an ODI in 2011 before being picked for the playing XI in Zimbabwe, finished as the highest wicket-taker in the series, with 18 wickets in five matches at an average of 11.80, equalling Javagal Srinath's record for most wickets in an ODI bilateral series. His performances in the series included a career-best 6 for 48 in the fifth ODI.

"The significant change was the variation of pace," Mishra told Times of India. "Earlier, my deliveries used to come at a slower pace, which allowed the batsman to adjust. Now I am trying to bowl at a pace and still extract spin."

Mishra revealed that the changes were a result of better fitness and tips from former India bowlers Narendra Hirwani and Anil Kumble.

"I was injured for a while last year and I was in NCA for recovery," Mishra said. "That's the time I worked with the likes of Anil Kumble, Narendra Hirwani and the other coaches at the academy who helped me become a better bowler. He [Kumble] told me about the importance of variation in pace and also told me how to out-think a batsman. I worked on my googly with him and that's also paying dividends."

In spite of an ODI debut in 2003, Mishra has played just 20 one-dayers and 13 Tests for India since his debut in 2008. He hopes that his performances against Zimbabwe will better his chances of playing more Tests for India against stronger teams.

"I know the challenges will be greater, but that's where I have to show that I have become a better bowler. And for that to happen, I have to be selected first in the Test team. My job is to keep performing."

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  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Mishra has bowled well but let us remember it was against Zimbabwe

  • Srinivasan on August 21, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Good work from Kumble and Hirwani and credit to Mishra as well for seeking the advice of the legends. I still feel he has to turn the leg-break more to become a good test bowler. ATM, Ashwin and Ojha are ahead of him. If he does improve that aspect, it will go a long way in India regaining the #1 test spot. Leg spinners are real assets.

  • Ashok on August 19, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Mishra is somewhat similar in pace to great Subash Gupte. Gupte had slightly lower trajectory with deadly accuracy. Also Gupte had enormous turn on both his leg break & googly. My advise to Mishra is to read some of Gupte's videos in slow motion & learn his approach. Of course a leg spinner or any spinner for that matter, needs to focus on accuracy, length & direction first. Mishra gained a lot in his accuracy since he started first & has improved in his pace as well. He still tends to bowl short sometimes. Kumble on the other hand was a much quicker leg spinner who mainly relied on bounce, length & accuracy. Kumble did not turn the ball like a top as Gupte did. But he relied more on deceptive top spinner & googly.I see a great potential in Mishra. Karan Sharma, his team mate in IPL, is another bowler to watch. He is more like Kumble but needs to work on his accuracy. Dhoni also needs to favour& trust RH leg spinners. So far such spinners got benched (e.g., Mishra & Rahul).

  • Naresh on August 19, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    WELL DONE Mishra - your recent exploits show that you can make it to the Indian team. Good work by Kumble and Hirwani. The biggest challenge India faces is in preparing pace bowlers.Now we have Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra all different spin bowlers. The batsman also are jostling for places in Indian team.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    This is what India needs. The older legends of the game to help out the current crop of players and even though Mishra has only recently played against Zimbabwe, by looking at his bowling one can see the clear improvements.

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