Zimbabwe v India, 3rd ODI, Harare July 28, 2013

Mishra makes most of opportunities

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Amit Mishra must feel the pressure to establish himself in the Indian team more than the other untested hopefuls on this tour to Zimbabwe. The wrong side of 30, it had been two years before this tour since Mishra last played an ODI and his tally of 18 ODIs in the ten years since his international debut suggests underuse of his talent.

Yet without the long-term confidence of the selectors on his side, he has little choice but to keep plugging away and make the most of whatever opportunities come his way. With nine wickets in three games in Zimbabwe, including a Man of the Match-winning 4 for 47 on Sunday, he's done just that on this tour.

But while Mishra's performances can't have hurt his chances, when India A head to South Africa in August he'll be heading in the opposite direction. He isn't part of the Cheteshwar Pujara-led group which is staking a claim for India's Test tour of South Africa later this year.

"I'm not in the Test side," Mishra conceded. "I'll try and do my job in the next two matches, and then it's up to the selectors. I've been waiting a long time for this and I'm doing my best and it's working for me now."

Mishra has found particular success with his variations on the traditional legspinner's delivery against Zimbabwe. His front-of-the-hand quicker delivery has helped to tie the Zimbabwe batsmen down, while his googly has brought about six of his nine dismissals .

"I've done lots of hard work on my googlies and variations and it's paying off," he said. "When I came here I was just thinking about the conditions and how to bowl on these kinds of tracks. I've spoken a lot with TP [Trevor Penney] and Duncan [Fletcher] who have given me a few tips, which I've been working hard on."

With so many of the touring Indians hoping to use this trip to win further honours with the national side, Mishra suggested that their was a positive competitive streak among his team-mates. "All the players have done so well in domestic cricket, so they came here with the confidence," he said.

"There's a lot of healthy competition going on - everyone wants to do well for India, so it's working for the Indian team."

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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  • SamRoy on July 30, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    On another note, in a mild criticism of the ESPNCricInfo Panel and I hope you guys can take a bit of constructive criticism, there has been a constant focus on who scores most runs or takes most wickets. In such series like the one India is playing it is more important to identify who has batted solidly and bowled solidly. Only Kohli has batted solidly and only Mishra and Mohammad Shami Ahmed have bowled solidly. Like the TV commentary team was saying Shami is a real prospect for test cricket with his great seam position, good pace and ability to regularly hit good areas. His only weakness seems his lack of using the width of the crease and changing the angle of attack sometimes to make the batsman play his outswingers more and not leave them. Vinay has proved that he should have never have been given test cap and Unadkat has improved quite a lot but still has a long way to go as a bowler. But Unadkat is probably a better option than Shami in ODIs and T20I but certainly not in tests.

  • Srini_Indian on July 29, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Though he performed well, I feel he has to turn the leg break more to trouble the quality sides. He has lots of variation but the stock ball has to turn more. But its always good to have a reserve spinner when Ashwin got injured. Ashwin, Ojha, Mishra, Rasool, Jadeja, Chawla. Not a bad list.

  • paapam on July 28, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Mishra along with Ashwin and Ojha must remain one of the best three test cricket spin options for India. His fielding has improved thanks largely to IPL. His batting is more than handy. Mishra needs to improve his fitness. If he can do this, he will find himself in more playing elevens, sooner than later.

  • prakashcbe on July 31, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    he deserves it.............

  • bestofluckindia on July 30, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    In South Africa, India should get 5 bowlers in the 11. MSD, Fletcher and co need to evaluate those 8 losses in Eng and Aus. how many innings did india get 20 wkts or got them allout in an innings. Also when eng toured india we india were unable to get wkts on rank turners. Please comment on my 11. 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2 .Gautam Gambhir (both lefties to negate philander/steyn outswingers) 3. Pujara 4. SRT 5. kohli 6. MSD 7. Ashwin 8. B kumar 9. Mishra 10. yadav 11. unadkat. (offspinner, legspinner, left arm fast, Right arm fast, Right arm swing)

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Mishra has the ability to weave magic when in full flow. Mishra also has the ability to be helplessly thrashed all round the park.. weak soul, eh??

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 30, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Parvez Rasool is India's best spinner for the longer versions of the game. He is a classic off spinner in the mold of Swann. Kohli and Duncan should give him a chance in the next 2 ODI. How would you know about a player's claibre if you don't give him a chance? I agree with other posters on this board - Vinay Kumar is a club level bowler who should not have been selected in the first place. Scrap the seniority system. Give a chance to merit.

  • on July 30, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Outside of India, Ashwin has been a miserable failure. Mishra's 2 tests against England didn't go well either but he did well in ODIs against WI on WI pitches. On Indian pitches, they (Jadeja, Ojha, Ashwin, Mishra) will all do well. The 2 spinners for the SA tour need to be chosen from Jadeja, Ashwin & Mishra. Of the 3 Mishra looks most likely to take wickets, and Jadeja the most economical as well as the best batsman & fielder (of these 3).

  • beggars on July 30, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Mishra deserves a test call. He has been bowling consistently in domestic matches,IPL and carrying it forward.He is a class bowler with variations in his arsenal.Here to stay Mishraji! Thats what his team mates call him .

  • sitlanishiv on July 30, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    would love to c rahul sharma......gain fitness n form n b back in odi's....he's a class act no doubt

  • SamRoy on July 30, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    On another note, in a mild criticism of the ESPNCricInfo Panel and I hope you guys can take a bit of constructive criticism, there has been a constant focus on who scores most runs or takes most wickets. In such series like the one India is playing it is more important to identify who has batted solidly and bowled solidly. Only Kohli has batted solidly and only Mishra and Mohammad Shami Ahmed have bowled solidly. Like the TV commentary team was saying Shami is a real prospect for test cricket with his great seam position, good pace and ability to regularly hit good areas. His only weakness seems his lack of using the width of the crease and changing the angle of attack sometimes to make the batsman play his outswingers more and not leave them. Vinay has proved that he should have never have been given test cap and Unadkat has improved quite a lot but still has a long way to go as a bowler. But Unadkat is probably a better option than Shami in ODIs and T20I but certainly not in tests.

  • Srini_Indian on July 29, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Though he performed well, I feel he has to turn the leg break more to trouble the quality sides. He has lots of variation but the stock ball has to turn more. But its always good to have a reserve spinner when Ashwin got injured. Ashwin, Ojha, Mishra, Rasool, Jadeja, Chawla. Not a bad list.

  • paapam on July 28, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Mishra along with Ashwin and Ojha must remain one of the best three test cricket spin options for India. His fielding has improved thanks largely to IPL. His batting is more than handy. Mishra needs to improve his fitness. If he can do this, he will find himself in more playing elevens, sooner than later.

  • prakashcbe on July 31, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    he deserves it.............

  • bestofluckindia on July 30, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    In South Africa, India should get 5 bowlers in the 11. MSD, Fletcher and co need to evaluate those 8 losses in Eng and Aus. how many innings did india get 20 wkts or got them allout in an innings. Also when eng toured india we india were unable to get wkts on rank turners. Please comment on my 11. 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2 .Gautam Gambhir (both lefties to negate philander/steyn outswingers) 3. Pujara 4. SRT 5. kohli 6. MSD 7. Ashwin 8. B kumar 9. Mishra 10. yadav 11. unadkat. (offspinner, legspinner, left arm fast, Right arm fast, Right arm swing)

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Mishra has the ability to weave magic when in full flow. Mishra also has the ability to be helplessly thrashed all round the park.. weak soul, eh??

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 30, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Parvez Rasool is India's best spinner for the longer versions of the game. He is a classic off spinner in the mold of Swann. Kohli and Duncan should give him a chance in the next 2 ODI. How would you know about a player's claibre if you don't give him a chance? I agree with other posters on this board - Vinay Kumar is a club level bowler who should not have been selected in the first place. Scrap the seniority system. Give a chance to merit.

  • on July 30, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Outside of India, Ashwin has been a miserable failure. Mishra's 2 tests against England didn't go well either but he did well in ODIs against WI on WI pitches. On Indian pitches, they (Jadeja, Ojha, Ashwin, Mishra) will all do well. The 2 spinners for the SA tour need to be chosen from Jadeja, Ashwin & Mishra. Of the 3 Mishra looks most likely to take wickets, and Jadeja the most economical as well as the best batsman & fielder (of these 3).

  • beggars on July 30, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Mishra deserves a test call. He has been bowling consistently in domestic matches,IPL and carrying it forward.He is a class bowler with variations in his arsenal.Here to stay Mishraji! Thats what his team mates call him .

  • sitlanishiv on July 30, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    would love to c rahul sharma......gain fitness n form n b back in odi's....he's a class act no doubt

  • AllInFairNess on July 30, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    @abhu123, both Ashwin and Ohja played only 7 (3 + 4) matches so far in their flexing carrier out side India. Ashwin played 3 test in AUS where as Ohja played 3 in SL and 1 in BD.

  • UbiquitousWALL on July 30, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Leg spinners are always going to leak runs, but what the good ones will also do, is take wickets. Name one leg spinner apart from Shane Warne who has had absolute control. You might say Kumble, but Kumble, as awesome as he was, was never the conventional leg spinner, Mishra is. You might then name Mushtaq Ahmed from Pakistan, yes, he had very good control but was not all that effective because his googlies turned more than his leg spinners ever did, and over time batsmen started picking him. If you look for a leg spinner who is miserly as well as effective, you might have to clone Warne. Its an art that is a gift and cannot be mastered just by practice, and we will just have to hope and wait for another Warne, and as an Indian, I hope he's from India. Mishra is a good option on Indian pitches. His recent performances are against Zimbabwe, who with due respect cannot be compared the mighty South Africans. Lets not read too much into it. Put him against quality batsmen and then decide.

  • Naresh28 on July 30, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Well as an Indian fan - its nice to know there is so much competition for spinner /batsman spots. What about pacers? It will definitely help our game. Right now we have lots of seamers as well - imagine if you select both Praveen Kumar and Bhuvi on a seaming pitch. They may just run through a side. Mishra was a top bowler at the IPL. His chances of making the squad have improved. At the end of the day a captain like Dhoni can select the best 11 knowing his players. Also Dhoni makes a better captain as he plays in a position where he can absorb the pressure.

  • on July 30, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    On current form, I would choose Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwn as my main spinners because they have been consistent the past year. I am not sure if it would be wise to play three spinners in SA but if it comes to that I still prefer Ojha. Mishra can be given a couple of matches against sterner opposition after this series to prove his worth. If that is the case I would suggest the selectors to rest Ashwin because Jaddu just brings so much balance to the team at the moment. He always contributes more than your average allrounder hardly putting a foot wrong in the game. Just to be clear, Jadeja can turn the ball, only that he doesn't turn it 6 out of 6 but I think that's how he sets the batsman up. As a batsman, Jaddu is a handful, he has contributed each time down the order and is under rated due to the strong contributions that have been made by the Indian top order, rarely has he been dismissed this year when he has come in to bat. On any day I would pick Buvvy Kumar and Ishant

  • abhu123 on July 30, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    India should select mishra for the series against South Africa as both Ashwin and Ojha have not proved themselves on test pitches outside the subcontinent, a quality legspinner could trouble South Africa's batsmen as it is a dying art. They should ask all of these spinners to play domestic cricket before the tour and then decide which ones will be the best. For the first match, Mishra, Jadeja and Ashwin should be good barring bad form in first class matches. Ojha can be brought in, if any them underperfrom either in the first class matches, or in the first test against South Africa

  • Kumaranuj on July 30, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    I know that Mishra is going to create more problems for ZIM batsmen then Jadeja. He prove everyone right who though like me. Two more match for you mate, pick up as many wickets as you can, because I know that when MSD came back you are going out, if not from the team then certainly from playing XI. MSD will never prefer him ahead of other spinners.

  • on July 30, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    There is no age problem with Amit Mishra as he has just touched 30. Because a spin bowler can play till 38-40 and gets mature after 27-28 usually. So there is nothing to worry for Mishra. He just has to work hard as he is doing right now. Well played boy...Carry on...Wish u every luck...

  • SamRoy on July 30, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    @mahi678 I know Jadeja doesn't bowl bad balls but he doesn't get any turn on surfaces which do not help spin bowling. If you play Jadeja in Perth or Wanderers he will be slaughtered and I am not kidding. He should play in places which help spinners like Adelaide and Sydney in Australia, Oval, Old Trafford and Edgbaston in England, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth in South Africa and everywhere in the West Indies as all-rounder.

  • Alexk400 on July 30, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Mishra neither spins nor bowl consistent line. His probelm always been gave too many freebie floaters. He just can't apply pressure ball after ball. My guess is he has small palm and fingers to add more revolution. But he is light years ahead of chawla who bowls worse than any kid in india. He might have Godfather in BCCI in getting selected again and again. I still have not seen L sivaramakrishnan and N. hirwani quality leg wrist spinners. Both were excellant when they were in top form.

    Mishra got lots of wickets in googly ball here. Other team will hit him for six. His only option is stengthen his arm so he can add serious revolution on the ball.

  • SamRoy on July 30, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    I don't want Mishra regularly in the test team. The reason is he provides too many boundary balls. Test cricket is all about building pressure. That's why Jadeja has been so successful. I will go with Ashwin, Jadeja and Ojha as my 3 main test spinners. However Mishra is miles better than Chawla and if the team wants a leggie for a specific test match or against a specific team, go with Mishra. The important thing is in limited overs cricket a leggie is always a better wicket taking option. In ODIs I believe Mishra should be given equal opportunities like Ashwin especially on turning tracks as decent leg spinners always take more wickets as batsman go after them, get foxed by the wrong one or the top-spinner or flipper and lose their wickets. If there is a turner and it is an ODI play Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra and I am sure more often than not Mishra will take more wickets than Ashwin.

  • mahi678 on July 30, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    aswin and mishra are good bowlers. but jadeja is better spinner than the two. added he can bat well and field well. see his stats. kapil dev rated jadeja as most valuable player in the current team. hope india could find another all rounder like jadeja in Rasool. faster bowlers get injured due to overload in bowling. see that many times tests are played with only 4 bowlers where batsman to bowler ratio is 7:4. thats the imbalance in the team. 7th down batsman has nothing much chances to bat. See the stats of mohammed kaif who played at 7th down. positions 6,7,8 are for all rounders who add balance to the side. meanwhile jadeja got almost same average to mohammaed kaif. added he is prime spinner.

  • on July 30, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    I think India must revisit the three pacer policy.. With the fragility of Umesh Yadav, inconsistency of Ishant Sharma, we would do well to go in with both Ashwin and Mishra into the tests against SA.. SA are known to be susceptible against quality leg spin.. There is enough variety with either one of Yadav or Sharma playing along with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ashwin, Mishra and JAdeja playing.. Lends perfect balance.. Mishra can turn the ball even in the first innings as he is a leg spinner while Ashwin and Jadeja can wreck havoc in the second..

  • on July 30, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    He got his opportunity when Kumble retired. In fact, he failed after a couple of decent performances in home tests. I thought he batted really well in England conditions when other front-line batsmen struggled. I do not think Mishra would fit in the test XI any time in the near future. Taking few wickets against the weakest time in shorter version does not merit a place in test team.

  • on July 30, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Now that the series has been won and filed away, here are the four changes. Out go Rohit and Suraesh and in come Pujara and Rahane. Out go Sir Jaddu and Vinay kumar and are replaced by Mohit Sharma and Rasool. In the final match, I would rest Dhawan and bring Rohit back. This will be the batting order for the final two Dhawan/Rohit Rahane Pujara Kohli DK Rayudu Rasool Amit Mishra unadkat shami Mohit

  • on July 29, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Mishra should get a chance as Ash win is struggling to get wickets ... mishra is handy wid the bat too...

  • on July 29, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    amazing!

  • Natx on July 29, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    Based on his performances so far, I don't think he is test ready yet. May be good to play on the A side for a while or can go on tours like zimbabwe and bangladesh and remain as a back-up in case if anyone is injured to play only on Indian wickets. Ojha to me is still the number 1 leg spinner available for tests though he is getting dropped by his captain for the one day specialist jadeja.

    Time to groom some one like Harmeet singh as the back-up for Ojha in the test department and Rasool as the back-up for Ashwin in tests. Similarly bring in Mohit and Sandeep sharma as the back-up for Bhuvi kumar and Umesh Yadav. I still don't understand why guys like vinay kumar and Ishant are getting selected. Probably they go back to T20 to get hit by everyone around the park to learn the basics of line and length bowling, as they are anyway not taking wickets!

  • on July 29, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Mishra was too verbal about him on the wrong side with the selectors when he took wickets against a stuttering WI side in an ODI series. But when he was picked for the Oval Test he showed no promise but open mouth. Here again against a rank 10 team picking up 9 wickets in 3 matches he wants a Test spot. Is this guy matured for a 30 year old?

  • on July 29, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    The other day I saw Jadeja was furious when Kohli dropped an half chance. Think about it, India is playing a 3rd ODI having won the first two and Zim are 5 or 6 down for 80 odd runs and Jadeja is really frustrated against the captain of Indian team.

    Thats what we call killer instinct, hungry to win. Indian cricket is shining - next few years we are going to dominate world cricket.

  • on July 29, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Please dont add Chawla to the list. He is pretty ordinary when you compare the international standard. Another IPL product!

  • rick333 on July 29, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Wait a minute! 9 wickets against Zim and claiming Test spot already?any leg spinner who does not turn the stock delivery and has to rely only googly to get a wicket cannot survive against quality team.

  • on July 29, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Healthy competition in the team..Good for Indian cricket

  • on July 29, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Leg Spinner strength is how much he can flight the ball and how much turn he gets to be successful in Test Matches, In Test Matches Quality Batsmen always look on hand of the bowler, googly can be a surprise delivery when the batsman want to attack the bowler, but its the traditional spin which works in favor of the leg spinner, he needs to practice the ball that comes straight on without turn and not much change in the action, batsman should always be in dilemma which ball to play for turn and which not, that's where leg spinner get the wickets.

  • amit1807kuwait on July 29, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Mishra has a suspect temperament. Against quality sides where batsmen dominate, he falters. He will be a good back up option though.

  • TRAM on July 29, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    He is ok to be in the team only if he has stopped overstepping (which is criminal for a spinner to do)? Ashwin has staked his claim at the slip position and has shown he can be good there. Hopefully Mishra (another ordinary fielder like Ashwin) does something like that and increases his utility value.

  • on July 29, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I think he's a fine bowler. The art of leg spin is a difficult one to master. India haven't been producing world class leg spinners since the retirement of Anil Kumble. Mishra's rise has been heartening to see. I think he will make a fine test match bowler for India because he attacks with flight and guile. He's not afraid to go for runs. Far too many times, T20 cricket has reduced our spinners to nothing. Take Harbhajan Singh for example, he's a goner now. Ashwin was affected by the T20 bug at the start of his career but has not quickly learned to flight the ball and deceive the batsmen in the air. I think this bodes well for Indian cricket in the future. We will need a leg spinner in tests, perhaps not so much overseas but definitely in India. Plus, Mishra can also bat which is an advantage.

  • Arjun_M on July 29, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Mishra should surely be India's premier spinner. He's often missed out because of his age, and because he doesn't have the captain's backing. He should play as a proper spinner in place of Jadeja, purely because of his much better strike rate, and leave all-rounder duty to Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Ashwin.

  • on July 29, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    with ashwin and jadeja as frontline spinners, i think there is no chance for mishra

  • on July 29, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    mishra was a big flop in england,he often spins the ball slowly which gives enough time for the batsmen to adjust,he needs to bowl little quicker to trouble batsmen outside sub-continent....ashwin is still our best spinner followed by ojha and jadeja....

  • naren1983 on July 29, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Selectors should consider Mishra as a second specialist spinner in ODI & T20 after Ashwin. Mishra has many varieties and googlies to keep the batsmen checking. Also he has a good prospect for Tests after Ashwin & Ojha. Considering all these performers, we will forget Bhaji soon.

  • on July 29, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Best thing about Mishra is he always go for wickets..and he gets some it puts pressure on opposition...not like Bhajji, who doesnt want to attack the opposition and just not go for wickets.....He vl be very useful in Australia-New zealand in 2015 World Cup where a tradition leg spinner must be in team.....India won d series..now they should test bench by giving chances to Rasool, Pujara and Rahane.....

  • ramli on July 29, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    The problem with Amit Mishra is his attitude ... he did not appear to be a team man before ... he sports an arrogant exterior ... always chiding the erring fielders (given that he is not exceptional) ... appears moody that affects his performances and relationship with fellow players ... let him improve on these and then await brighter chances in future

  • Naresh28 on July 29, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Wow his victims are mainly clean bowled. Such a sight to see.!!!! Time the selectors and team management project the same vision - let the bench players be tested and then we could always put the best team forward for real challenges. India could still be competitive against Zim using bench players!!!!

  • ZCFOutkast on July 29, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Heck if Zim make Razzak, Shillingford & Samuels appear better than Saqlain&Kumble, they can make Mishra&Raina seem better than Warne&Murali.

    But having seen Mishara on more than a few occasions, I'd like to think he would pose a bigger threat than Ojha, Ashwin & Rahul Sharma. He definitely would not have looked a distant 2nd best to Monty&Swann at home that's for sure.

    The fact that not enough time&faith was invested in him through consistent selection is one of the many glaring errors by the BCCI, among others delaying to overhaul the squad&juggling average seamers around.

    Although a little bit of effort spent perusing through some old post match Cricinfo articles on Mishra would probably reveal the same fans who are singing his praises now, calling for his head then. You can never know with you guys so you're not blameless either. Half a billion can be for one person, and the other half against him! Maybe we can 'forgive' the selectors then.

  • on July 29, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Hope to see traditional leg spin to have more life though with varieties. I want to see Ashwin, Mishra and Ojha playing together to their efficiency in test matches against all top sides.

  • Srini_Indian on July 29, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    @roversgate: I partly agree with you, but don't label Ashwin as poor. Ashwin toured only once so far, that in Australia where he played 3 tests. Every spin bowler struggle in their first overseas tour particularly when your batting regularly collapses for 150-250. What you'll expect from a rookie spin bowler in seaming pitches? Take 10 wickets per match? If India gets some runs on the board in SA, surely Ashwin will deliver.

  • TATTUs on July 29, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Amit Mishra had failed when it mattered. Now a good performance against Zimbabwe is not enough in ensuing a come back to the first 11. Though this also highlights the lack of spin options for India.

  • jango_moh on July 29, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    mishra i thought was always talented.... he should have been persisted with i feel... anyways, he still has a chance to get into the test team, pls publish!!!

  • Nampally on July 28, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    Just as Pujara is kept out of XI in ODI despite his immense batting talent, Mishra is finding it equally difficult to find a place in the Indian team. He was lucky to find a spot in the XI in the current ODI series & he did grab it with both the hands. The real issue here appears to be different thinking by Indian selectors & Captain. From 50's to 90's, India could NOT field a XI without the orthodox right arm leg spinner in the XI. It produce leg spinners like Subash Gupte & Chandrashekar + a host of left hand spinners like Mankad, Nadkarni, Durrani, Bedi + RH off spinners like Ghulam, J.Patel, Prasanna & Venkat. In fact Gupte was rated the best leg spinner in the World, by Great Sobers. Gupte had a huge leg spinner + googly which he could spot it exactly where he wished to with pin point accuracy & consistently. In the modern era, RH Leg spinner is "shunned" & instead LH spinners like Jadeja is preferred. Rahul Sharma & Mishra are sadly recent victims of "wrong thinking" Era!

  • Capricorn60 on July 28, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    It is unfortunate for Mishra that any team playing test cricket in South Africa is unlikely to play with more than one spinner, so is highly unlikely to be part of the Indian test squad touring SA. However he has always done well given a chance & so still has a lot to offer in being part of the ODI squad for many years to come but also in home Test matches too.

  • roversgate on July 28, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    I am quite disappointed with the A-team spinners. I think Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra should have been the spin duo to be going to South Africa. I know A-teams are generally an attempt to bridge the gap between Indian domestic and international cricket so selectors normally test people who haven't got a strong enough run internationally. This particular A-team however cannot be classified as that, because it is our only chance to change a transitioning side that wants to prevent an ongoing 0-8 record in overseas test matches. Under the circumstances, we need to see the best spinners after Ashwin and that is Ojha and Mishra. Ashwin's record overseas is poor so if both Ojha and Mishra perform then all three will have a healthy competition and its a good problem to have for team management in South Africa.

  • jango_moh on July 28, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    ive always liked mishra!!! he's a talented legspinner, and has a great googly!!, we shud really give him a chance!!!

  • jango_moh on July 28, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    ive always liked mishra!!! he's a talented legspinner, and has a great googly!!, we shud really give him a chance!!!

  • roversgate on July 28, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    I am quite disappointed with the A-team spinners. I think Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra should have been the spin duo to be going to South Africa. I know A-teams are generally an attempt to bridge the gap between Indian domestic and international cricket so selectors normally test people who haven't got a strong enough run internationally. This particular A-team however cannot be classified as that, because it is our only chance to change a transitioning side that wants to prevent an ongoing 0-8 record in overseas test matches. Under the circumstances, we need to see the best spinners after Ashwin and that is Ojha and Mishra. Ashwin's record overseas is poor so if both Ojha and Mishra perform then all three will have a healthy competition and its a good problem to have for team management in South Africa.

  • Capricorn60 on July 28, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    It is unfortunate for Mishra that any team playing test cricket in South Africa is unlikely to play with more than one spinner, so is highly unlikely to be part of the Indian test squad touring SA. However he has always done well given a chance & so still has a lot to offer in being part of the ODI squad for many years to come but also in home Test matches too.

  • Nampally on July 28, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    Just as Pujara is kept out of XI in ODI despite his immense batting talent, Mishra is finding it equally difficult to find a place in the Indian team. He was lucky to find a spot in the XI in the current ODI series & he did grab it with both the hands. The real issue here appears to be different thinking by Indian selectors & Captain. From 50's to 90's, India could NOT field a XI without the orthodox right arm leg spinner in the XI. It produce leg spinners like Subash Gupte & Chandrashekar + a host of left hand spinners like Mankad, Nadkarni, Durrani, Bedi + RH off spinners like Ghulam, J.Patel, Prasanna & Venkat. In fact Gupte was rated the best leg spinner in the World, by Great Sobers. Gupte had a huge leg spinner + googly which he could spot it exactly where he wished to with pin point accuracy & consistently. In the modern era, RH Leg spinner is "shunned" & instead LH spinners like Jadeja is preferred. Rahul Sharma & Mishra are sadly recent victims of "wrong thinking" Era!

  • jango_moh on July 29, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    mishra i thought was always talented.... he should have been persisted with i feel... anyways, he still has a chance to get into the test team, pls publish!!!

  • TATTUs on July 29, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Amit Mishra had failed when it mattered. Now a good performance against Zimbabwe is not enough in ensuing a come back to the first 11. Though this also highlights the lack of spin options for India.

  • Srini_Indian on July 29, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    @roversgate: I partly agree with you, but don't label Ashwin as poor. Ashwin toured only once so far, that in Australia where he played 3 tests. Every spin bowler struggle in their first overseas tour particularly when your batting regularly collapses for 150-250. What you'll expect from a rookie spin bowler in seaming pitches? Take 10 wickets per match? If India gets some runs on the board in SA, surely Ashwin will deliver.

  • on July 29, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Hope to see traditional leg spin to have more life though with varieties. I want to see Ashwin, Mishra and Ojha playing together to their efficiency in test matches against all top sides.

  • ZCFOutkast on July 29, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Heck if Zim make Razzak, Shillingford & Samuels appear better than Saqlain&Kumble, they can make Mishra&Raina seem better than Warne&Murali.

    But having seen Mishara on more than a few occasions, I'd like to think he would pose a bigger threat than Ojha, Ashwin & Rahul Sharma. He definitely would not have looked a distant 2nd best to Monty&Swann at home that's for sure.

    The fact that not enough time&faith was invested in him through consistent selection is one of the many glaring errors by the BCCI, among others delaying to overhaul the squad&juggling average seamers around.

    Although a little bit of effort spent perusing through some old post match Cricinfo articles on Mishra would probably reveal the same fans who are singing his praises now, calling for his head then. You can never know with you guys so you're not blameless either. Half a billion can be for one person, and the other half against him! Maybe we can 'forgive' the selectors then.

  • Naresh28 on July 29, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Wow his victims are mainly clean bowled. Such a sight to see.!!!! Time the selectors and team management project the same vision - let the bench players be tested and then we could always put the best team forward for real challenges. India could still be competitive against Zim using bench players!!!!