Hyderabad v Punjab, IPL 2013, Hyderabad April 20, 2013

Variety key to sucess - Mishra

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Sunrisers Hyderabad legspinner Amit Mishra, who equaled Lasith Malinga as the leading wicket-taker in the IPL, said that variation was the key to a spinner's success in Twenty20 cricket.

"I keep varying the pace, use the googly more often, bowl topspin, flipper, etc," Mishra told the IPL site, after his side's five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab. "Like that the batsman will not be at ease knowing what's coming his way. The idea is to keep him guessing."

Mishra also praised young legspinner Karan Sharma, who picked up the important wickets of Kings XI Punjab captain, Adam Gilchrist and batsman Paul Valthaty.

"He's a good bowler and has a lot of potential," Mishra said. "The good thing is that we're bowling well in tandem. We talk a lot to each other about our bowling."

Sunrisers' five-wicket win took them to the top of the points table but Kings XI Punjab, currently on sixth place, need to win more consistently to keep themselves in contention for the playoffs. Kings XI are the only team in the IPL whose batsmen are yet to score a fifty and David Hussey admitted this was a worry for the side.

"We're just not taking responsibility of our wickets," Hussey said. "When you're four down with four overs to go, you think you'll post a big score but we keep getting out in poor ways. We've really got to learn and rectify that problem straight away, or it's going to be a very long tournament for us."

Hussey also said that he believed Adam Gilchrist showed some form against Sunrisers and could lead the batting in future games.

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  • dummy4fb on April 20, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    It was another close win for the SRH. They should have done it by 16 or the 17th over. With 5 days off for the SRH, points table would keep on changing as big teams battle for top 4. By the time, SRH, would play their next game on Apr 25, their top position would not be same. Their NRR is also worrying even though they have good 10 points out of 7 games winning 5. SRH needs to keep the things simple. The advantage SRH has is they have 5 more games to be played in Hyderabad. If they can win all the 5 matches at home, they can easily qualify in the top 4. Surely, Parera would be missing the game against Chennai. I believe Sammy would come in that place, Dhawan too should be back. IPL 6 could have been scripted for SRH. Good Luck SRH!

  • SamRoy on April 20, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Indian team's biggest problem is its inflexibility. Batting lineup is inflexible. You have to play the same people over and over again without giving others a chance. ODIs and T20s are ideal set ups to rotate players. It happens with all teams except India. So people like Manoj Tiwary, Badrinath and Amit Mishra hardly ever got enough for India. This inflexibility is going on for ages. Even during Ganguly's era Murali Kartik hardly got a game. He should have played a lot more ODIs. If you rotate bowlers and batsman it keeps them fresh and eager to perform at every opportunity. If you play the same team people can get complacent.

  • analyseabhishek on April 20, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    I think it was his fitness issues that plagues him over the last couple of seasons-Mishra has also admitted to the same. His had lost his rhythm and even bowling a lot of no balls. However, when he is in full flow, he is really pleasing to the eyes and looks a very good test prospect.

  • SamRoy on April 20, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Mishra's only weakness has been way too many bad balls in test cricket. He bowled a boundary ball almost every over. But he was far better than Piyush Chawla and should have played more ODI and T20 cricket for India. A leg-spinner who has all the variations is much more threatening than any finger spinner in the shorter versions of the game as the batsman is looking to get after the spinner. And if the batsman can't pick the spinner, the spinner will fancy his chances.

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