While all the headlines about India's one-day team have focused on Rahul Dravid's recall after nearly two years, another squad member is making a return after an even longer absence. Amit Mishra, the 26-year-old legspinner, comes back to the limited-overs side after six years, edging out left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha for the second slow bowler's spot.
Mishra attributed his inclusion to his performance in this year's IPL, where he took 14 wickets in 11 games at an economy rate of 7, and his role in India's victory at the recent Emerging Players' tournament in Brisbane.
"My performance in IPL in South Africa, besides the recent Emerging Players tournament in Australia, has prompted the selectors to include me in the team and I promise I will live up to their faith if I get a chance," he told PTI.
"I bowled well in South Africa [during the IPL] in conditions that are more suitable for fast bowlers," he said. "I adjusted to the conditions early there and I think the selectors have picked me keeping in mind that."
Mishra has cemented his place as the second spinner in the Test team, but several younger spinners including Ojha and Saurashtra's Ravindra Jadeja have been tried in the shorter formats before the selectors picked Mishra again. "The selection in the ODI team is a reward for the hard work I have put in over the last few years," he said. "I am really very happy because at last my struggle paid off. It came late but it eventually came."