Sunrisers Hyderabad legspinner Amit Mishra, who equaled Lasith Malinga as the leading wicket-taker in the IPL, said that variation was the key to a spinner's success in Twenty20 cricket.
"I keep varying the pace, use the googly more often, bowl topspin, flipper, etc," Mishra told the IPL site, after his side's five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab. "Like that the batsman will not be at ease knowing what's coming his way. The idea is to keep him guessing."
Mishra also praised young legspinner Karan Sharma, who picked up the important wickets of Kings XI Punjab captain, Adam Gilchrist and batsman Paul Valthaty.
"He's a good bowler and has a lot of potential," Mishra said. "The good thing is that we're bowling well in tandem. We talk a lot to each other about our bowling."
Sunrisers' five-wicket win took them to the top of the points table but Kings XI Punjab, currently on sixth place, need to win more consistently to keep themselves in contention for the playoffs. Kings XI are the only team in the IPL whose batsmen are yet to score a fifty and David Hussey admitted this was a worry for the side.
"We're just not taking responsibility of our wickets," Hussey said. "When you're four down with four overs to go, you think you'll post a big score but we keep getting out in poor ways. We've really got to learn and rectify that problem straight away, or it's going to be a very long tournament for us."
Hussey also said that he believed Adam Gilchrist showed some form against Sunrisers and could lead the batting in future games.