Zimbabwe v India, 3rd ODI, Harare

Mishra makes most of opportunities

Liam Brickhill at the Harare Sports Club

July 28, 2013

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Amit Mishra and Dinesh Karthik appeal for the wicket of Vusi Sibanda, Zimbabwe v India, 1st ODI, Harare, July 24, 2013
Amit Mishra, who now has nine wickets from three matches, is not part of the India A squad heading to South Africa after the Zimbabwe tour © AFP
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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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Posted by prakashcbe on (July 31, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

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

Posted by 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)

Posted by   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??

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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).

Posted by 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 .

Posted by 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

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