India v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 24, 2014

Mishra emerges from the sidelines

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The running joke coming into the World T20 was that Amit Mishra had an alternate career waiting for him in tourism promotion, as travelling through various countries is all that he had been doing with the Indian team, barring the odd game. Successive Man-of-the-Match performances later, tourism has been tossed to the wayside.

A legspinner who uses flight and spin to take wickets in T20? Inviting batsmen to go after him? Isn't he supposed to prevent them from doing so? In fact, Mishra has been doing the same stuff for years in the IPL and has nearly 100 wickets, including multiple hat-tricks, at an economy of under seven.

"I always think about the short format that whenever you think to stop the runs, you cannot stop the runs," he explained. "You always think about how to take the wickets and keep the pressure on the opponent's side."

But Mishra has rarely got the opportunity to implement that thinking in international limited-overs cricket. Usually, he plays only when some of the first-choice bowlers don't. That means opposition such as Zimbabwe, who he left clueless last year on way to equaling the record for the most wickets in a one-day bilateral series. And that means those performances get heavily discounted.

MS Dhoni prefers spinners such as R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who are supposed to be more restrictive and are also multi-skilled, Ashwin with the bat, Jadeja both with bat and on the field. Unless conditions are overwhelmingly in favour of spinners, India do not go in with a third one, and Mishra stays on the bench. When he does get a stray game, he is expected to deliver; by the outside world, because of the conditions, and by himself, because he knows it might be the only opportunity in a long time.

It can be argued that, had it not been for a different captain in the Asia Cup, Mishra might have never played a high-profile match against Pakistan earlier this month. He had figures of 10-0-28-2 that night, but didn't get as much attention due to what Ashwin could not do, and what Shahid Afridi did, in the final over of the match. There we go again, he might have thought.

No wonder that when he was given another chance against Pakistan less than three weeks later, he had a "bit of nerve", as Dhoni felt. When you have got so little for so long, you are not used to getting so much suddenly. To Dhoni's credit, he asked Mishra to stick to what has worked for him in the format - tossing it up and ripping it off the surface.

"It is important that people bowl or bat according to what their strength is. I personally felt he was feeling a bit of nerve in the first game against Pakistan," Dhoni said. "I went up to him and told him you are known for turning the ball. You are someone who flights the ball, varies the pace and you have variation. So just don't keep bowling the straighter one or try to bowl back of a length so that the batsman cannot hit. Use that extra bit of flight in deceiving the batsman.

'There will be odd games where, like some of the other bowlers, he may also get hit but it is still important he backs his strength and his strength will always be using the flight and using the variations he has got'
MS Dhoni on Amit Mishra

"I was really comfortable the way he bowled after that. After the Pakistan game, I knew he was still not bowling at his 100 per cent, he still had nerves to overcome. I knew with the Man of the Match and with that good performance, his performance in the coming games will get better and better. He bowled well against (Chris) Gayle, used his variations well. There will be odd games where, like some of the other bowlers, he may also get hit but it is still important he backs his strength and his strength will always be using the flight and using the variations he has got."

A long-standing criticism has been that Mishra is quite slow through the air, giving batsmen that much more time to play him. But he disagrees: "I have a worked a lot on my fitness. I do not think I am slow. I have worked on my variations, have tried to understand the game a bit more. There is no doubt that the more variations you have, the more it helps in this format. I have increased my variations and have worked on my speed a lot as well. That is helping me."

Narendra Hirwani, the former India legspinner and selector, has also helped Mishra develop his skills in the past. Hirwani said that more than the technical aspects of his bowling, Mishra's World T20 showing so far was due to better belief, which had come about partly because his captain had backed him a lot more than he has done previously.

"A spinner who relies on flight and spin will be successful in any format," Hirwani said. "He is understanding the psychology of the batsmen. His mind is working, he is seeing what the batsman wants to do and won't give him that ball. A legspinner is one who is not afraid of getting hit. Skill development will keep taking place. It is about self-confidence. When a sword is dangling over your head and you are not sure if you will play the next game, it is never easy to perform. Someone like Ashwin has not had to deal with that kind of pressure. But Mishra has shown that mentally he is tough."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Y2G_87 on March 26, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Ashwin does't succumb to Foreign condition, but he is not as effective as he was in any condition, in addition he has won man of the series award in either IPL or champions league held in SA.

    The reason is sometimes he is too predictable, excessive use of carom ball and hesitation to use the body to get extra spin.

    If he can overcome all the above he can be an excellent all rounder in all formats (not much sure about 20/20).

  • thaikkathameed on March 25, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Ashwin 104 wkts (95 in India & 9 abroad) Mishra should play in India and abroad and Ashwin should play only in India.

  • on March 25, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    don't blame ashwin he did good job

  • Suresh_85 on March 25, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    @bablankalhan55_youtub: when you mention permanent flops / non wicket taking bowlers like Ashwin,is it based on stats or individual view. Just an Interesting stat for your referance:

    Top 3 Wicket Taker in Tests for India in 2013:

    R Ashwin - 41 wickets at an average of 22.51

    RA Jadeja - 30 wickets at an average of 19.10

    PP Ojha - 18 wickets at an average of 23.11

    Mohammed Shami

  • spinkingKK on March 25, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Mishra also got good batting which is comparable to Ashwin's. Anyway, I can't completely blame the team management for not picking him. Ashwin has been performing really well as well. But, after he bamboozled the Aussies in the test matches, I thought he would have been a permanent in the side. Hopefully, he gets another long run this time. But, the question is, how can you drop Ashwin or Jadeja?

  • Karunk on March 25, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Sad part is, Mishra will be dumped (can get back to travel consultant job), as soon as team travels abroad. Dhoni prefers Ashwin & Jadeja when the choice comes down to 1 or 2 spinners in the final XI. Mishra is a wicket taking bowler unlike Ashwin. When India plays abroad, every bowler concedes runs. But Mishra will pick up wickets. India would have won the first test in SA and third test in NZ, if Mishra had played in the XI.

  • bablankalhan55_youtube on March 25, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Time has come for selectors to permanently replace flops like Ashwin with wicket taking bowlers like Mishra.Ashwin is a liability for team India.even guys like Rasool should be given chances..

  • Y2G_87 on March 25, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Now it is time for management to think about Mishra's hunger for wickets and India's inability to take 20 wickets in test matches. In addition Ashwin is batsman with resilience and a decent bowler turns the ball the other way, it is time to make Jadeja as limited overs specialist.

  • on March 25, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    you call ashwin a frontline spinner haha he cant even pick up a wicket he has failed in india against aus and in abroad he is such a mess yes he bats well doesnot mean that you cannot win matches without picking up wickets i consider jadeja as frontline spinner he is good we have to give sometime for mishra to prove himself dhoni can give 4 years time to rohit to prove himself why cant he give mishra couple of series abroad and home

  • ramz30380 on March 25, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    @Suresh_85 well said mate! I agree with U Ashwin is criticised more than appreciated even when playing to his potential.

    Ashwin was the 1st in the list of Test all-rounder rankings till Philander overtook him recently. Not many were appreciative of that but when it comes to criticism, they want to hack him to death!

    People who dont know to appreciate must never criticise an individual, a true cricket fan will appreciate good cricket & criticise if need be.

  • Y2G_87 on March 26, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Ashwin does't succumb to Foreign condition, but he is not as effective as he was in any condition, in addition he has won man of the series award in either IPL or champions league held in SA.

    The reason is sometimes he is too predictable, excessive use of carom ball and hesitation to use the body to get extra spin.

    If he can overcome all the above he can be an excellent all rounder in all formats (not much sure about 20/20).

  • thaikkathameed on March 25, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Ashwin 104 wkts (95 in India & 9 abroad) Mishra should play in India and abroad and Ashwin should play only in India.

  • on March 25, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    don't blame ashwin he did good job

  • Suresh_85 on March 25, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    @bablankalhan55_youtub: when you mention permanent flops / non wicket taking bowlers like Ashwin,is it based on stats or individual view. Just an Interesting stat for your referance:

    Top 3 Wicket Taker in Tests for India in 2013:

    R Ashwin - 41 wickets at an average of 22.51

    RA Jadeja - 30 wickets at an average of 19.10

    PP Ojha - 18 wickets at an average of 23.11

    Mohammed Shami

  • spinkingKK on March 25, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Mishra also got good batting which is comparable to Ashwin's. Anyway, I can't completely blame the team management for not picking him. Ashwin has been performing really well as well. But, after he bamboozled the Aussies in the test matches, I thought he would have been a permanent in the side. Hopefully, he gets another long run this time. But, the question is, how can you drop Ashwin or Jadeja?

  • Karunk on March 25, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Sad part is, Mishra will be dumped (can get back to travel consultant job), as soon as team travels abroad. Dhoni prefers Ashwin & Jadeja when the choice comes down to 1 or 2 spinners in the final XI. Mishra is a wicket taking bowler unlike Ashwin. When India plays abroad, every bowler concedes runs. But Mishra will pick up wickets. India would have won the first test in SA and third test in NZ, if Mishra had played in the XI.

  • bablankalhan55_youtube on March 25, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Time has come for selectors to permanently replace flops like Ashwin with wicket taking bowlers like Mishra.Ashwin is a liability for team India.even guys like Rasool should be given chances..

  • Y2G_87 on March 25, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Now it is time for management to think about Mishra's hunger for wickets and India's inability to take 20 wickets in test matches. In addition Ashwin is batsman with resilience and a decent bowler turns the ball the other way, it is time to make Jadeja as limited overs specialist.

  • on March 25, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    you call ashwin a frontline spinner haha he cant even pick up a wicket he has failed in india against aus and in abroad he is such a mess yes he bats well doesnot mean that you cannot win matches without picking up wickets i consider jadeja as frontline spinner he is good we have to give sometime for mishra to prove himself dhoni can give 4 years time to rohit to prove himself why cant he give mishra couple of series abroad and home

  • ramz30380 on March 25, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    @Suresh_85 well said mate! I agree with U Ashwin is criticised more than appreciated even when playing to his potential.

    Ashwin was the 1st in the list of Test all-rounder rankings till Philander overtook him recently. Not many were appreciative of that but when it comes to criticism, they want to hack him to death!

    People who dont know to appreciate must never criticise an individual, a true cricket fan will appreciate good cricket & criticise if need be.

  • misplacd1 on March 25, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Anyone remembers Mishra took 5 wickets in debut test against Australia at Mohali? He is constantly being ignored by Dhoni and the management just because Ashwin and Jadeja bat better.Poor guy has been performing consistent in domestic and also the IPL.On a tour to Bangladesh Sehwag was stand-in capt and he played Mishra who took some wickets and scored a 50,next match Dhoni is back as captain and Mishra was dropped! Wish this time dhoni doesnt become biased again and drop this guy

  • Suresh_85 on March 25, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    While Mishra has grabbed the limited opportunities he has got (i.e The series in Zimbabwe / Asia Cup game vs Pakistan & Current T 20 World Cup) and deserves all the credit for his comeback,I believe the media needs to exercise caution and not go overboard praising his performances as his form in the past has been erratic ( i.e His test record / ODI record (exclude the Zimbabwe series). Only with time and consistent performances can we judge if he can deliver for India in the medium term. I disagree with Hirwani's assessment that Ashwin is not under pressure because even though in 2+ years Ashwin has picked up 104 wickets ( 95 in India & 9 abroad) and has a batting average of close to 40 in Tests ,he is still the most criticized Indian player due to lack of consistency in bowling abroad in Tests. In ODI's he is normally in the Top 3 wicket takers in a series but still is criticized for defensive lines.I believe Ashwin gets least praise during Success and most criticism during failure a

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    he is very good

  • RFeynman on March 25, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    @prakash_mishra: That is some bold prediction considering the mighty Aussies lost their match to Pakistan due to their inability to play spin properly. And the master stroke was the Dutch score of 39 being in danger if India bats first! I have seen some whacky comments in Cricinfo but you take the cake my friend.

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Amit Mishra is good , but still not consistent.........

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @prakash. What if India beats the Aussies, Mishra being the MOM again, what if India wins the World Cup with Mishra being the MOS. Whatever future awaits him, he will still be the same Amit Mishra who received 2 back to back MOM against PAK and WI in 2014 T20 WORLD CUP. You still dont think that's appreciable considering the the fact that its a t20 game in SUBCONTINENT pitches against WI and PAK "two most favorites to win the world cup"

  • Coolcapricorn on March 25, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Bit ironic MSD taking credit for Mishra's performances now when the latter should have been given a lot more opportunities to play for India - particularly on our recent tours to SA & NZ when our other spinners in Ashwin & Jadeja were largely ineffective & the opposition are less used to playing good leg spin bowling. The reason he has not been given these chances to play more often for India is probably simply because Ashwin & Jadeja are better batsmen or fielders but cricket is also about taking wickets too & putting pressure on the opposition - even in the shorter formats of the game. However Mishra is no slouch with the bat nor is he a poor fielder - seen far worse in our teams in recent years! Anyway it is so wonderful seeing a spinner of ours who actually really spins the ball & has so many variations - that it is such a delight to watch! Long may his success continue!

  • naren1983 on March 25, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    The best current spinner we have is Mishra. Dhoni kept him away from XI for long time, thanks to Kohli who brought him in Asia Cup at the right time and praised him a lot that Mishra can spin the ball at any conditions. Now this is Mishra's time to attack the batsmen with his leggie, variations and wrong ones. Now Ashwin & Jadeja bowling are well looked by other teams, their bowling doesn't look threat, so they can play as supportive spinners for Mishra. I have been commentating this for last 4 months that Mishra will be valuable player in Bangladesh than Ashwin. He proved it now after given opportunity. Thanks to Kohli again.

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    Its difficult to praise or criticize captains for their team selection.I guess all depends on the skills of a particular player...to Mishra's credit he has kept the captains faith inthe 1st 2 matches but how abt batting and fielding???Same goes with ashwin...so easily the dropped catch of gayle cud have proved costly...its high time our selectors and captains luk at tht angle before selecting players!!! Well done India thou...congo to ashwin and mishra!!!

  • Naresh28 on March 25, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    India should work on a 5 bowler combo in TESTS. Three spinners and two pace. We lose matches because we cannot close out games. At one stage Dhoni had introduced that and we were doing much better in TESTS.....now we are back to losing matches. MISHRA and OHJA should be part of the tour party.

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    I see people praising ashwin no doubt here he is bowling gud....last 2 matches but dis guy is consistently getting chances feom 2011 till date nd only performed inconsistently....plz see d records......

  • Naresh28 on March 25, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    WELL DONE MISHRA.....thanks to Dhoni and Hirwani for helping him develop. We look a different team with bowlers who can get those early wickets. Bhuvi has also found his rhythm and is doing things differently from last few series.

  • FranciscoQuadros on March 25, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Finally Mishra gets a chance to prove what he's capable of.!! I always loved this leggie.. A bit of credit should be given to Kohli for bringing out the best in him during the Asia Cup. I bet those performances worked for him to getting the nod in the WT20 playing XI. And I'm sure Kohli must have put in a word to Dhoni as well to select him for the T20 matches. Remember, Mishra is a genuine wicket-taker having the guile of Shane Warne. Perhaps not in the same category, but because of his ability to turn the ball a mile and the variations he posses in his armory, he will always be a threat in the T20 format. Prior to the commencement of the WT20, all eyes were on the Indian bowling attack looking weak, but now the tables have turned.. Mainly thanks to the little leggie.. Hope he keeps up his performance and bamboozles batsmen in the remaining matches.

  • prakash_mishra on March 25, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Keep praising him and soon you will find that he will be performing really bad in one of the matches and everyone here will start cursing Mishra. I don't think he is very consistent. He has been given chances in all format, but his lack of pace seems to be his weakness. i think he will get his real taste of his own medicine in the match against mighty Aussies where his figures will be 4-0-60-0, provided aussies bat first. If India bats first in that match, Dutch-men's 39 is in danger. Mishra will not be able to bowl his quota of four overs in that case. I predict that all teams will beat BD and both Pak and Aussie will beat West-Indies. So three teams will have 6 points , India, Pakistan and West-Indies. But with superior Run-rates, Pakistan and Aussie will qualify for Semis. Thus Mishra's golden days are over. Well he could still get another MOTM against BD and hope India bat first against Aussies to prevent from being humiliated and then prolong his carrier a bit longer.

  • AndrewsPraveen on March 25, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    for all who accuse MSD for nt giving Mishra chance... guyz the selectors have to do that MS suggest the player he wants but the selectors dot eh selection and all legends say that mishra has improved his bowling in the past few years when he played early for india he didnt perform like this cause he was not confident.. no he worked with hirwani and improved himself so if u want to blame someone for neglecting mishra you should blame the same guy mishra for that.. he didnt understand his skills and wen he did it he his a bit old.. so stop accusing if u dont knw the truth

  • Prateek65900 on March 25, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    I agree with Abhishek here....he has been given some confidence by the captain and the bowler has produced results. He has always had the guile, spin and variation...I agree he has to do a lot more to prove himself more...I would like him to be given more chances especially in Tests....and hopefully we will not put him up there to pull him down ourselves as most Indian fans do....

  • Rajeshj on March 25, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Crazy comments out there both from fans and media and making a legend out of Mishra.. Let us not remember that we are comparing performance of Mishra in lively, spinning Bangladeshi tracks with performance of Ashwin in flat, non-spinning tracks in ODIs in SA and NZ.. I would say that's harsh.. Against Pakistan, Ashwin's figures were 0-23 and Mishra was 2-22... lets not forget that Ashwin bowled in batting powerplay and conceded little runs.. Against WI, Ashwin's figures were 1-24 and Mishra's was 2-18.. And do everyone mean to say that Ashwin was any bit less effective than Mishra.. In flat and pacy tracks, Mishra is a far higher liability than Ashwin.. Just play him and you will see.. Quite sad to see a truly talented guy like Ashwin getting unfair criticism like this.. The way both Kohli and Dhoni singing Mishra tunes recently, I think Ashwin would soon get thrown out of the team...

  • dganger on March 25, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Plus Ashwin is an excellent batsman and it may not be bad idea to try him out at the top of the order. It will boost up his confidence tremendously. Little bit what we have seen him as a batsman many people perhaps will not argue about his potential class as a batsman. He looks very classy and compose while playing strokes, he was a regular opener mind u for his state in Ranji matches. So guys all I want to say is that Mishra has been a revelation, but its too early and absolutely unfair to discard Ashwin, time has not come yet and hopefully it will never come.

  • dganger on March 25, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Wise Dhoni wants to take credit for Mishra's performance after destroying his career literally, he is now 31-32, hope Mishra can prove himself in test matches abroad. Ohh yes..if he gets chance in the first place.

    Secondly, many people are commenting about Ashwin's performance and how Dhoni has been biased and all. As if the only yardstick of Ashwin playing is Dhoni's patronage. Look guys, this Ashwin is not that bad a cricketer as many trying to prove. U just dont become the fastest cricketer to pick up 100 wickets just like that. ( A record which was intact for 80 years). Its a clear case of typical challenge a bowler faces once he spends few years in International cricket, batsman and coaches all over the world starts analysing, work on the weakness and ways to counter. This is excatly what is happening to Ashwin and he needs proper guidance and confidence. If he can overcome this he will be a force once again. Its too early to discard him like any useless cricketer.

  • on March 25, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Spinners with the match for India ..... you gotta be kidding me... look @ the way they played ? Why WI gave that match up very easily???

  • vipinchirackal on March 25, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    mishra and ojha are the best spinners in t20 along with narain.they might not be so strong at other formats cof cricket.but t20 is their cup of team.so i feel ipl teams should have spends millions on both of them.like wise mohit sharma can be used as an excellent option at t20 since he has proved it many times in IPL

  • ultimatewarrior on March 25, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    #1# Despite best Indian spinners in IPL, Amit Mishra & Pragyan Ojha are the only unfortunate players who didn't got APPROPRIATE T20 chances #2# Everybody Plz-Plz compare stats of Ashwin/Mishra/Jadeja/Ojha/Harbhajan in Cricinfo, the best available spinners in India since last 7 Yrs, in all Formats (non International matches). Even a novice can also see that (though in atleast subcontinent conditions) T20(Mishra & Ojha) ODI(Mishra & Jadeja) Test(Jadeja/Ojha & Ashwin) are the best spinners for India. #3# My only suggestion to everybody, Stop Favouritism OVER Performances...

  • on March 25, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Rezaul pak is weak team against spin.he have world class spiner.

  • on March 25, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    Presynaras for your kind info. Bhajji out of time coz there is some ad proble between dhoni and Bhajji. Check that last test match Bhajji played spiner friendly pitch Bhajji bowled just 5 or something overs and other spiner more than 30 over.after that he was out of team.

  • Rezaul on March 25, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Indian Media is making Mishra a legend after one game against the weakest team of spin bowling. I am afraid these same media will have to eat their own words about Mishra after two weeks.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 25, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    After a couple of games and few lucky wickets thrown in AM is paraded as next Warne.Typical-you know what.But he is only decent spinner Ind's got.But let him show his form in some more games bef. putting up for high praise.But up next-Warner,Watto!

  • TRAM on March 25, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    AMishra A spinner proving repeatedly in IPL should have gotten his chance in India T20 team long back. The fact is MSD kept on and on with ISharma, RSharma, etc., and never gave chance for Badri, AMishra, and many. What is there to appreciate MSD when he gives chance late and those players prove their worth? It is for MSD to realize his mistake. Giving long rope to one player should not be at the cost of the career of another more deserving player.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on March 25, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    We have problems with team selection..but Ashwin is not one, although how he uses his T20 mentality in one days and tests is a biggg concern.

  • on March 25, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Temuzin and Presynaras, he was carted in a match where Australia scored over 350.. What is it that we are talking?? Despite the fact that he has taken the quickest 100 first wickets in 80 years, he went wicketless in 90 odd international overs.. That is inconsistency.. Not a one off bad match.. Ashwin is a much better batsman than he is a bowler.. He can certainly be the second spinner in the Indian team.. Not the first.. He is like Vernon Philander.. Philander woukd most likely suffer in India the same way Ashwin did in SA.. But Ashwin is certainly capable of being a proper number 6 for India in the long run.. Mishra has got chances which have been far and few between..

  • vish2020 on March 24, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    mishra ji is playing phenomenal!! Extremely happy with the support he is getting and the results he is producing. If our bowling can stay consistent like this and with the batting we have, no team in the world can beat us!

  • ramz30380 on March 24, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    @Presynaras totally agree with you mate! People calling for Ashwin's head already?! Its baffling really! With due credit to Mishra, I must say, that judging a bowler by 2 matches or a couple of series is not the way to go! It will only be time before ppl start reading Mishra & then he will have it.

    A player has to stay strong on both good & bad days. Mishy is enjoying some good days now.. let him make the most of it. Ashwin is still India's premier spinner & deservedly so. He bowls in the PP & in the death. SRJ bowled in the death & got clobbered. MSD is using Mishy in phases so tht he does not get hit.. coz the captain knows that if he does, his confidence will take a beating.

    Ppl critising MSD's selection on CSK favoritism know nothing abt cricket! Rohit, Yuvraj, Sewag, Gambhir, HArbajan, Ishant were never part of CSK! MSD wants to persist with players whom he feels have d talent. In 2010 season in dis forum I saw ppl criticising Kohli's selection in the XI whn he wasnt @ his best!

  • screamingeagle on March 24, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Reading some comments here, one wonders why some ppl feel the need to try and make comments about how badly India would do in the next game. Enjoy the present and stop expecting tomorrow to be doomsday. Agree about Rishi Dhavan though. And that Mishra needs to play more before we sing paens.

  • TRAM on March 24, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    First of all this article is about AMishra. Dont know why people are jumping on comparing him with off-spinner Ashwin. And the funny part is, they dont compare him with leg-spinner Jadeja! It shows simple biased hatred towards Ashwin for no reason.

    Second, it says how Dhoni should be credited (both by the player who gets chance and by Dhoni and by every one). That is the state of today's cricket politics. This guy (AMishra) has been taking wkts in IPL for years, NOT UNDER DHONI, including multiple hat-tricks and he was not selected even in dustbowl pitches in India. Dhoni rarely included him in the team. Now suddenly Dhoni advised him and he bowls well?? Nonsense. Who in this crowd believes this story?

    AMishra's success exposes Dhoni's burial of talents in India due to favoritism. Period. It exposes how his defensive mind set is completely wrong.

  • on March 24, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    The last ODI when Mishra was 78/0, Ashwin and Jadeja gave away more than 60 runs in their 10 overs. Furthermore, pitches in Bangladesh are more conducive to spin bowling than the one where 350 was scored by Australia and was easily chased down by India.

  • on March 24, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    The bad thing with Amit mishra was He did not played a single one day match from last couple of years because he don't have good batting skill. Is this necessary for a spin bowler to bat well than he can get a chance.But because of Virat Kohali gave him chance to play in Asia match against pakistan and Amit Mishra shown his character that what he can do if he can get a chance got two back to back Man of the match.

  • nainil0683 on March 24, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Excellent bowling by Mishra. Luring batsmen by flight is very dangerous in Twenty-20. He has done it with great command so far and he could be a very crucial factor for India's chances of lifting the cup for the second time. Finally he's getting all the credit he's worth of. Way to go Mishra.

  • Alexk400 on March 24, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    When you are wrist spinner you have to have tight ARC. To have tight arc you have to have strong arm strength. Less arm strength you tend to float and ball goes everywhere. Mishra always floats and spins less because of combination of small fingers and lack of arm strength. Hope he turned new leaf with fitness

  • Iceman29 on March 24, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Just imagine how many good bowlers like Mishra are being ignored by Selectors and Dhoni...we dont even know that we have a good spinner and now Mishra is making heads turn slowly...we always have the talent but its just because of Dhoni's arrogance we were not able to find them......Pervez Rasool is another allrounder waiting in sidelines...only God knows when they will get chance....

  • Temuzin on March 24, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Presynaras : Totally agree with you. fans criticizing Dhoni and ashwin do not bother to check reality. They just latch on to any one saying anything against a player these fans dont like. Ashwin or dhoni are victims of this fan mentality. Mishra is being touted as a victim that did not get enough chances. He had plenty of that. He plays one or two good matches and then opposition gets hold of him and he flops. Last time he played an ODI, he was thrashed by Australians in India for 0/76 in 10 overs. The same australians who were rabbits infront of Jadeja and Ashwin. Let Mishra play a few more games and we will know if is a champ or chump.

  • Presynaras on March 24, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    I agree that Ashwin has been experimenting too much. But I still refuse to believe he has lost it and he could never be good. He is a quality player and not just a support player. He bowls in the pp and in the death. Mishra, Jadeja will be carted in those sessions. Even overseas players have good respect for his bowling. What he needs is good support from a good coach. Bedi or Kumble should have a talk with him and show that his normal bowling action with his stock ball is good enough to destroy teams. As for the Indian fans, when we see a special talent, we should support him. Again, no player in the history of world cricket has gotten 100 wkts in 18 tests, be it on the subcontinent or abroad in over 80 yrs. He is seventh on the list as to the fastest to 100 wkts in ODI. Those two are no simple feat. If Ash keeps getting wkts at this rate, he is sure to touch 400 wkts at the end of his career at 35/36. Also I believe he can contribute more with the bat. Quitting on him is Ind's loss.

  • on March 24, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Wait Indian fans. Disaster is coming. It will begin with Australia by getting defeated by huge margin. India is not going to win this world cup. They are incapable and worthless

  • bouncer709 on March 24, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Just two matches, that also against players who are bad against spin, WI players have no clue against spin, and Pakistani batsmen offered him wkts. Moreover he is new, once batsmen get to know him, he will found no place in ground to hide.

  • cricaddict11 on March 24, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    It is very good to see some old school methods still working in T20s. Hats off to Mishra for keeping faith in himself and he has proven how good bowler and thinker he is. For me he was the match winner in both occasions and deserved MOM. Like to see such a attitude (gut) from an Indian bowler.Love you man. SL supporter here.

  • SayakBhattacharyya on March 24, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    In current, bleak scenario of pacers in India, what if I tell you guys that there is a pacer who has a bowling average of <24 in FC? Interesting right? Now add to this information that the guy has a FC batting average of >40. Err, what was the criteria of an all rounder? Problem is his father does not sit on the selection panel. That Guy is Rishi Dhawan. It is high time we try him in the tours of Englad and Australia. Binny's bowling is not up to it in international cricket.

  • on March 24, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    mishra one of the best spinner in india

  • Hate.ME on March 24, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    @ Presyanaras

    Ash is a utility player. Can bat and ball both. But he is a pathetic fielder and an average catcher too.

  • ani.. on March 24, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    @Presynaras: I understand what you are saying. When Ashwin was in good form then nobody wanted to kick him out. But now everybody wants to kick Ashwin out because is going through a lean patch. But what is irritating everybody is that he now doesn't want to listen to anybody and now his stock delivery is the fast and flat delivery around the leg stump, How is that supposed to take wickets???!!!Ashwin was one of India's spin bowlers when he is fligthing the ball around off stump. Mishra is succeeding because he is fligthing the ball and trying to take wickets. That is why Mishra has 2 successive man-of-the -match awards. Line and length comes first, variations come later. Ashwin is only doing this because IPL and T20 has been brainwashed into his head. We should try t prevent this

  • SayakBhattacharyya on March 24, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    In sub continent, play all three in limited overs. For tests, keep Mishra and Ashwin, bring Ojha for Jadeja. Outside sub continent, for limited overs, it should be Mishra+Jadeja and three pacers. In Tests, it should be Mishra+3 pacers. I also feel Ashwin should be included for tests outside sub continent instead of Rohit Sharma, his batting technic is good enough for those conditions. Since we struggle to bring in more than 2 quality pacers in the side, please try Rishi Dhawan as an pace bowling all rounder.We will need one for the next world cup down under.

  • UnderdogsGalore on March 24, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    @Presynaras Ashwin is the most overrated Indian spinner ever!Never before has an Indian lead spinner been outbowled by the support spinners as much and for as long a duration as him(the spin quartet was an exceptional case).The last time Ashwin outbowled his spin compatriots was the 4 test series against Australia last March.Since then Jadeja has outbowled him in champions Trophy and WI tri-series;Mishra took 18 wickets in Zim in 5 matches(Ashwin was rested); Jadeja again outbowled him in the home ODI series against Australia;Ojha outbowled him in the home test series aginst WI;Jadeja outbowled him in SA and NZ tours and now Mishra is doing that since he has got his long overdue chance! Ashwin has been outbowled by his fellow spinner whichever the format, wherever the location throughout the last year!And the worst thing about him is that he bowls to contain runs, not take wickets. Dhoni and Ashwin both should realise that if you take wickets,automatically the run flow is controlled!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 24, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Has got chance to bowl on square turners where forcing strokeplay is not conducive.Also helped out by batsmen playing bad shots-Pak-and batsmen who cant play spin-WI.He looks so innocuous that batsmen are tempted to hit 6 every ball to lose wickets.

  • Viratkohlirocks on March 24, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    @henchart you might not realize this, but rarely is dhoni ever picked rahane. Only because of sachin's retirement he got in and then started scoring

  • Presynaras on March 24, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    If Bhajji, Yuvi, Gambhir, Sehwag had been given so many chances despite performing poorly for several months, why not Ashwin? And he has come back strong in Asia cup and WT20 so far. Ashwin bats better than most players and only Virat and Dhoni have contributed more to the team in the past year than Ashwin. Ashwin is still a much more consistent batsman than Rohit, Vijay, Rayudu, DK combined. His bowling, though in NZ and SA was ordinary, is still not as worse as Bhajji, who has only 3 wkts more having played 2 innings more than Ashwin. No one complained about Bhajji being in the team then. Now just because Ashwin and Dhoni play for CSK all sorts of conspiracies spread. And if Sehwag or Bhajji are so good, why can't they even perform in Domestic matches. Don't blame Dhoni for their performances as well. Nehra has better avg than Sehwag and Bhajji has only 6 wkts in 4 domestic matches. Ashwin has played only 4 tests abroad. Too early to axe him. He needs more chances overseas to improve

  • YogifromNY on March 24, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Mishra is a fantastic bowler, but has been hard done by due to the stubbornness of MSD. Either that or even worse, politics - after all, Ashwin is part of Srinivasan's CSK in the IPL.

    Ashwin is a terrible bowler. If you saw the second match of the WCT20 against WI, Ashwin kept bowling on the batsmen's legs and getting hit for fours. Add to that, he is a lousy fielder who has to be hidden in the slips where he keeps dropping catches, and you have a sub-par player who is playing only because of political connections. When you add in the non-performing Yuvi, the Ind team is carrying two passengers who could cost the team in future games, esp if the going gets close on NRR.

  • CricketMakdi on March 24, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Another useless selection, the think-tank gives players so many chances I am talking about Yuvraj Singh. Indian selectors keep making this mistake and destroy player careers. When you are low on confidence and out of form don't select him until they perform in domestic. I saw Yuvraj in Irani and Ranji trophy his team mate Mandeep was playing 100% confident than him. Selectors did the same with Kartik, they keep rotating the same players again and again, when players like Rahane, Ishwar etc wait for their chances until they retire!

  • on March 24, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    So many comments bashing Ashwin here. Really, I don't think he deserves this much criticism, having performed very decently in both the Asia Cup and in this tournament till now. Is Mishra really the all-in-one solution? Ashwin is the go-to spinner for MSD with the new ball as well as in the death overs. Mishra is a very good bowler, yes, but that doesn't mean you can drop someone who has been very consistent for a long time. Again I am talking about limited overs cricket, and I know Ashwin has been very poor in overseas tests. India should play with all spinners everytime.

  • S_M_G on March 24, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Mishra lacked zip when he played test matches in UK. But he did bat well. Not sure if he has really improved or more is suitable for surfece. Next England series will decide for him.

  • UnderdogsGalore on March 24, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Typical Dhoni,taking credit for Others' performances! "I went up to him and told him you are known for turning the ball.You are someone who flights the ball, varies the pace and you have variation.So just don't keep bowling the straighter one or try to bowl back of a length so that the batsman cannot hit.Use that extra bit of flight in deceiving the batsman." Really? Amit Mishra has been a tourist in the last 1 year;the only chances he got have been when Kohli was captain viz. Zimbabwe tour and Asia Cup.Mishra performed so well that it was difficult for Dhoni to ignore him any more and hence,he was selected in the world T20 and the rest as they say is history! Dhoni encouraging a batsmen to flight the ball and bowl attacking lines?Unbelievable! Dhoni prefers defensive bowlers rather than attacking ones.His era has been blessed with more attacking bowlers than anytime in Indian cricket history;yet he has spoiled their potential by not selecting them-Sreesanth,Umesh,Mishra,Irfan!

  • henchart on March 24, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    If anything,MSD ought to be blamed for delaying Mishra's inclusion in playing XI.Depsite appearing captain cool and calm MSD is highly manipulative.Look what he has done to Gambhir-Sehwag duo .If Rohit ,Rahane ,Raina and Ashwin can be given such a long rope then credentials of Gambhir and Sehwag are n times better than all these four put together in all three formats of the game.MSD takes the credit for hitting the winning 6 and scoring big against SLK in 2011 WC Finals at Wankhede but platform was laid by Gambhir with a pugnacious knock.Sehwag's trailblazing starts more often than not built a solid base for middle order to dictate terms.Both these batsmen are languishing in domestic circuit while mediocre batsmen read Rahane and Rohit are enjoying Dhoni's patronage.

  • on March 24, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    @kingcobra...i think you should look into his odi & t20 stats.....And plus, he has improved a lot in his deception of flight and variations since his last test match which was in england.

  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on March 24, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    We need to get rid of Ashwin and make Mishra the primary spinner. I remember a test match against West Indies a while back that India could have won, but drew instead because Ashwin jogged for a single instead of having the mindset to go for the double that was clearly there. In yesterday's match, again, when he missed that slip catch from Gayle, he STOOD THERE with his jaw dropped instead of having the presence of mind to turn around and try to go for the catch on second attempt. He has ZERO sense of match situation, and is clearly not the same spinner he used to be. He's a liability to the team now, just like Yuvraj.

  • BigINDFan on March 24, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    MSD finally selected Mishra becoz his fast bowling options failed.Now he is taking credit for calming Mishra and strategy, really? MSD is not an attacking captain and this is why Mishra and other quality spinners in India cannot get past the awful Ashwin and just cannot spin Jadeja. Jadeja scored more than half the WI total in 4 overs by lacking imagination and more so accuracy. I dread Warner or Watson vs Jadeja and same goes for Finch vs Ashwin. Raina is bowling better than Ashwin and Jadeja at this point. These two need to improve their game and stop bowling short negative lengths. It was a beauty of a spell from Mishra and Ind needs proper off spinner to go with the leggie in Tests and ODIs.

    For the rest of the tournament drop Yuvraj- what a waste of space in the team. His best days are gone and he looked ordinary to the point WI was laughing. The whole ground was stunned as shown in Kohli's face that Yuvraj brought the match to the last over. Get Binny or Rahane in.

  • Nampally on March 24, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    When you have a defensive Captain, there is only one thought process- i.e., Wickets do not matter just limit the score. This approach will work if there are bowlers who can control runs. But Dhoni goes beyond this by eliminating Specialist Bowlers & taking Bowling all rounders. You cannot expect superlative economy from non-specialist bowlers nor wkt. taking ability. So India is neither controlling runs nor taking wkts. with mediocre bowling all rounders. In comes Mishra with wkt. taking ability & suddenly lights up the scene! Mishra's mind set is to out guile the batsmen by clever mix of Leg breaks, faster ball & googlies + flight variations. These were the tactics which allowed spinners to thrive in Indian cricket. Bring back those tactics & India will be once again a strong Bowling side. Put specialist bowlers in XI NOT on Bench. Rahul Sharma, Chawla & Mishra jointly occupied the bench for at least 50 matches. Specialist Bowlers Not mediocreAll rounders, take wickets & win Matches.

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    I think Mishra should be the number one spinner and Jadeja the all round spinner. If the conditions are not spin friendly drop Ashwin and get a Fast bowling all rounder in the mix like a Pandey or Dhawan.

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    my friend there was a amazing day to India by mishra by taking the dangerous man of sixer. The chris by his spinning attack and be the support of Dhoni and his team so we must say thanks to mishra to keep your team a strongest one

  • ImonG on March 24, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    A spinner can have 20 variations , but unless his stock delivery is working, i.e. landing in right areas, spinning, and beating the bat in flight/spin, the variations are of no use. 1 heartening thing about Mishra is, that he is really turning his stock delivery, sure its subcontinent & there is turn in the pitch, but still the amount of turn he is getting is considerable. Good for him, because it means, unlike Ashwin's variations, his ones will be more potent. Since unlike Ashwin, he can trouble the batsmen with both his stock delivery (leg break) & the consequently even more so with the variations (googly,flipper etc) No batsman, no matter how good a player of spin he is, likes a wrist spinner, who is landing the ball in right areas, spinning it big & has good variations. Its harder to negotiate. He can be a trump card for India not only in sub continent, but even more so abroad, a good wrist spinner will always get more spin from a track than a finger spinner (ala Ashwin & Jadeja)

  • kingcobra85 on March 24, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Rare chance ? He has played 13 test matches with an awful average of 43 and has doesn't have any stat to prove he is better than spinners already in the team. Grass is always greener

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    He will be a big plus in the world cup on huge Australian grounds where the mishits do not carry over the boundary unlike asian grounds.Hope he plays in the XI in all three formats. Good luck to Mishra

  • tanstell87 on March 24, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Finally Mishra has been given a rare oppurtunity & he has grabbed it with both hands....Thank You MS Dhoni for preferring Mishra over mediocre Ashwin...now drop Ashwin & bring in Rishi Dhawan or Yusuf Pathan or Irfan Pathan or Parvez Rasool in place of listless Ashwin & your team will be unbeatable in ODIs & T20Is.

  • Nampally on March 24, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Subash Gupte was the greatest leg spinner the World has ever seen. Just 3 paces run up to the wkt. but deadly accurate in length & direction, flighted leg spinners turning like a top + a deadly googly! Mishra is little bit in the mould of Gupte. He flights the ball like & spins it but not as much or as accurately as Gupte did. Mishra also has a googly & a faster ball. His run up is little longer than Gupte's but his approach is similar - enticing the batsmen to hit the ball rather than hide behind a defensive shell. Attack is the best form of defence! This is where all the similarity ends. Gupte was indispensable for India & even tamed the 3 W's from WI- Worrell, Weekes & Wolcott. However Mishra is consistently ignored from XI & is left dreaming - if only I Play -- I will--!Dhoni does not like specialist spinners & leastly attacking RH leg spinners. If only Dhoni had seen Gupte , he would know the magic of a leg spinner. Mishra has taught Dhoni what India missed by his>20 Benchings!

  • blthndr on March 24, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    amit mishra also improved during during his time in sideline....right now not only bowling beautifully but also intelligently with great control.....he was always good to the right handers its the left handers he struggled in past....the way he bowled against Gayle after conceded a six was admirable....and what most impressed me more than his googly was his fast straighter one he bowled at 108kph.....its important to hav that straighter one in a leg spinner's arsenal....if u look at past this delivery get wickets for kumble and warne alot....if mishra can master this delivery he can be a real deal in test matches.....

  • AncientAstronaut on March 24, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    It's time India looked beyond the under-performing Ashwin. Mishra has the confidence and aggression a spinner needs. Ashwin's been good for India, but it's time to drop him, especially abroad.

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Finally he got a chance, even though he is not a CSK player!!

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  • on March 24, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Finally he got a chance, even though he is not a CSK player!!

  • AncientAstronaut on March 24, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    It's time India looked beyond the under-performing Ashwin. Mishra has the confidence and aggression a spinner needs. Ashwin's been good for India, but it's time to drop him, especially abroad.

  • blthndr on March 24, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    amit mishra also improved during during his time in sideline....right now not only bowling beautifully but also intelligently with great control.....he was always good to the right handers its the left handers he struggled in past....the way he bowled against Gayle after conceded a six was admirable....and what most impressed me more than his googly was his fast straighter one he bowled at 108kph.....its important to hav that straighter one in a leg spinner's arsenal....if u look at past this delivery get wickets for kumble and warne alot....if mishra can master this delivery he can be a real deal in test matches.....

  • Nampally on March 24, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Subash Gupte was the greatest leg spinner the World has ever seen. Just 3 paces run up to the wkt. but deadly accurate in length & direction, flighted leg spinners turning like a top + a deadly googly! Mishra is little bit in the mould of Gupte. He flights the ball like & spins it but not as much or as accurately as Gupte did. Mishra also has a googly & a faster ball. His run up is little longer than Gupte's but his approach is similar - enticing the batsmen to hit the ball rather than hide behind a defensive shell. Attack is the best form of defence! This is where all the similarity ends. Gupte was indispensable for India & even tamed the 3 W's from WI- Worrell, Weekes & Wolcott. However Mishra is consistently ignored from XI & is left dreaming - if only I Play -- I will--!Dhoni does not like specialist spinners & leastly attacking RH leg spinners. If only Dhoni had seen Gupte , he would know the magic of a leg spinner. Mishra has taught Dhoni what India missed by his>20 Benchings!

  • tanstell87 on March 24, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Finally Mishra has been given a rare oppurtunity & he has grabbed it with both hands....Thank You MS Dhoni for preferring Mishra over mediocre Ashwin...now drop Ashwin & bring in Rishi Dhawan or Yusuf Pathan or Irfan Pathan or Parvez Rasool in place of listless Ashwin & your team will be unbeatable in ODIs & T20Is.

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    He will be a big plus in the world cup on huge Australian grounds where the mishits do not carry over the boundary unlike asian grounds.Hope he plays in the XI in all three formats. Good luck to Mishra

  • kingcobra85 on March 24, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Rare chance ? He has played 13 test matches with an awful average of 43 and has doesn't have any stat to prove he is better than spinners already in the team. Grass is always greener

  • ImonG on March 24, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    A spinner can have 20 variations , but unless his stock delivery is working, i.e. landing in right areas, spinning, and beating the bat in flight/spin, the variations are of no use. 1 heartening thing about Mishra is, that he is really turning his stock delivery, sure its subcontinent & there is turn in the pitch, but still the amount of turn he is getting is considerable. Good for him, because it means, unlike Ashwin's variations, his ones will be more potent. Since unlike Ashwin, he can trouble the batsmen with both his stock delivery (leg break) & the consequently even more so with the variations (googly,flipper etc) No batsman, no matter how good a player of spin he is, likes a wrist spinner, who is landing the ball in right areas, spinning it big & has good variations. Its harder to negotiate. He can be a trump card for India not only in sub continent, but even more so abroad, a good wrist spinner will always get more spin from a track than a finger spinner (ala Ashwin & Jadeja)

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    my friend there was a amazing day to India by mishra by taking the dangerous man of sixer. The chris by his spinning attack and be the support of Dhoni and his team so we must say thanks to mishra to keep your team a strongest one

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    I think Mishra should be the number one spinner and Jadeja the all round spinner. If the conditions are not spin friendly drop Ashwin and get a Fast bowling all rounder in the mix like a Pandey or Dhawan.